Tu-160 is the biggest plane with a variable-sweep wing and one of the most powerful combat aircraft in the world. Tu-22M is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber. Tu-95 is the fastest turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform.
Russia is resuming the production of the upgraded (M2) variant of the Tu-160 White Swan (Blackjack) – a supersonic strategic bomber with variable-sweep wings, designed to engage targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons. The bomber is a cruise missile carrier capable of launching its nuclear payload from standoff ranges.
On July 5, Russian strategic bombers struck the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria with new Kh-101 Raduga air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM). According to the Russia’s Defense Ministry, Tu-95MS bombers launched Kh-101 cruise missiles on IS targets in the area along the boundary between the Syrian provinces of Hama and Homs..
Recent events in Syria have again highlighted the usefulness of cruise missiles to strike at targets deep into enemy territory. The combat operations are demonstrating the advances in cruise missile technology and new weapons