The Tu-160, known to the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance as "Blackjack," has for decades been a mainstay of the Russian nuclear triad. Moscow has sought to extend the aircraft's service life via updates to its electronics and engine, as well as its arsenal. Addressing representatives of the Housing and Urban Environment national project in the city of Kazan, Putin expressed satisfaction with the final Tu-160 product and floated new air travel ambitions. … [Read more...] about Russia’s Nuclear Bomber That Flew to Venezuela Just Got an Upgrade, Now Putin Wants a Passenger Version
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The Defense Ministry said the latest exercise offered a chance to test the chain of command from its main control room down to military units. … [Read more...] about Chilling footage shows Putin testing NUCLEAR missile strikes on the West in World War Three practice run
Russia has used them in the past to flex its military muscles under the nose of the United States, delighting Venezuelan officials who have cast such flights as evidence it is able to defend itself, with allies' help, from any attack. … [Read more...] about Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly to Venezuela, angering U.S.
Venezuela’s NTN24 quoted the Russian news agency stating the Russian government is seeking a base in Venezuela to place military aircraft within reach of key Western Hemisphere locations. The outlet also noted that, in another Russian media outlet, Russian military expert Shamil Garayev claimed that Russia has a need for such a location because, that way, “our strategic bombers do not have to return to Russia every time [after an exercises], and will not need to refuel midair during patrol missions to the Americas.” … [Read more...] about Russia Announces Military Base in Venezuela
The defence ministry said in a statement that the planes had covered a distance of over 6,000 km (3728 miles) from their home base in western Russia to deploy in Anadyr in the Chuktoka region which faces Alaska. … [Read more...] about Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers to region facing Alaska