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Russia's Tu-160 Supersonic Bomber Has a Very Special Way of Attacking Its Target

The existing Tu-160 aircraft have performed well during Russia’s Syria campaign acting as launch platforms for the stealthy MKB Raduga H-101 cruise missile, which is thought to have a range between 4,500Km and 5,500Km. The jets can carry twelve H-101 conventional or twelve H-102 nuclear tipped cruise missiles for its primary mission. Against less demanding shorter range targets, the Tu-160 can also carry Raduga Kh-15 aero-ballistic missile, which have a 160-nautical mile range. However, the Tu-160 is mostly designed for long range strategic missions and as such it will almost always be armed with weapons such as the H-101/102 and its successors.

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