It was commissioned into service as "07" on 5 May By the end of Februarythe fleet grew to One new Tu is expected to be built every one to two years until the active inventory reaches 30 or more aircraft by — It was the first time that a Tu had ever fired a full complement of missiles. In November, the first Tu was chopped up at Pryluky.
On 25 Augustthe Ukrainian parliament decreed that the new nation would take control of all military units on its territory; a Defence Ministry was created that same day. A demilitarized, commercial version of the Tu, named TuSK, was displayed at Asian Blackjack bomber in Singapore in with a model of a small space vehicle named Burlak  attached underneath the fuselage.
While similar in appearance to the American B-1 Lancer, the Tu is a different class of combat aircraft, its primary role being a standoff missile platform strategic missile carrier. The Colombian Government issued a letter of protest to the Russian Government following the first violation. Inthe Soviet Union launched a new multi-mission bomber competition to create a new supersonic, variable-geometry "swing-wing" heavy bomber with a maximum speed of Mach 2.
Another two new-built aircraft were nearing completion at the Kazan Aircraft Plant, one of which was due to enter service in Marchwith the other following later in the year. However this was never done. Although perhaps up to a dozen further airframes are nominally serviceable it seems unlikely that Russia has sufficient funds to rework these aircraft.
In overhaul and modernization of the Ts commenced at the Tupolev plant.
It said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies, that the aircraft would conduct training flights over neutral waters before returning to Russia. During the months that followed, the other seven "Blackjacks" were brought to Engels, with the last two arriving on 21 February The aircraft employs a fly-by-wire control system with a blended wing profile, and full-span slats are used on the leading edges, with double-slotted flaps on the blackjack bomber edges.
There were plans to upgrade all 16 operational bombers to the TuM standard. It is believed that production totaled no more than 39 Blackjacks.
So even though it will look similar, the TuM2 will be essentially a new warplane. Clam Pipe  radar for tracking ground and air targets, and a separate Sopka Hill Terrain-following radar.
The long pointed radome houses a terrain following and attack radar. A group of Russian military experts went to Ukraine on 20 October to prepare the aircraft for the trip to Engels-2 air base. It said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies, that the aircraft would conduct training flights over neutral waters before returning to Russia.
Metallist-Samara JSC had not produced new engines for a decade when it was given a contract in to overhaul 26 of the existing engines, by two years later, only four were finished.
Pizzeria geko casino di terra aircraft was the second aircraft in the eighth production batch and it arrived at Engels on 10 September. US-based Platforms International corporation has acquired three demilitarized ex-Ukrainian Tus which blackjack bomber planned to convert as TuSK launchers for space vehicles.
Production was authorized inbeginning at Kazan Aircraft Production Association. Design Edit Cockpit view The Tu is a variable-geometry wing aircraft. Dwarfing the similar-looking B-1B Lancerit is the heaviest gw2 shared inventory slot gathering tools aircraft ever built.
The prototype was photographed by an airline passenger at a Zhukovsky Airfield in Novemberabout a month before the aircraft's first flight on 18 December The prototype was photographed by an airline passenger at a Zhukovsky Airfield in Novemberabout a month before the aircraft's first flight on 18 December It formed up in the spring of and by it had received 6 aircraft.
The Tu is also larger and faster than the B-1B and has a slightly greater combat range, though the B-1B has a larger combined payload.
Thus wingspans, equipment fit, and intake configurations differ from aircraft to aircraft. Some bombers launched a full complement of their missiles. The Russian Ministry of Defence said the two Tu bombers were on a training mission.
A group of Russian military experts went to Ukraine on 20 October to prepare the aircraft for the flight to Engels-2 air base. The aircraft employs a fly-by-wire control system with a blended wing profile, and full-span slats are used on the leading edges, with double-slotted flaps on the trailing edges.
The first modernized TuM bomber was rolled out in The main bone of contention was the price.