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18.12.2017
Tu-160 performed its first flight on 18 December 1981
Intercontinental strategic multi-mode missile carrier aircraft armed with long-range cruise missiles.

Work on the project began in the bureau in the early 1970s. By the mid-1970s the concept of the aircraft and the complex has been formed. The first flight of the prototype was performed on December 18, 1981, test pilot was B.I. Veremey. Tests of the first serial aircraft began in October 1984. In April 1987 aircraft Tu-160 entered service in combat maneuver unit of long-range aviation in Ukraine. In the beginning of the 2000s 36 aircraft Tu-160 were produced.

Source: UAC.

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