C.I.S. Intercontinental Bombers

Only three Russian bombers (counting two variants of the Bear H) are classified strategic because they are the only two with round trip intercontinental range without refueling. As of December 1997, Russia had 70 strategic bombers which could carry some 806 nuclear warheads.

Blackjack (Tu-160) Strategic Bomber
Range: 3,930 nautical miles
Number Deployed: 6
Weapons Load: 12 AS-15B ALCMs or 12 AS-16 SRAMs or 12 bombs
Speed: Mach 2.3
Engines: 4 turbofan engines.
Initial Operational Capability: 1987

Bear H6 (Tu-95 MS6) Strategic Bomber
Range: 3,720 nautical miles
Number Deployed: 29
Weapons Load: 6 AS-15A ALCMs or 6 AS-16 SRAMs or bombs
Speed Mach 0.8
Engines: 4 turbofan engines.
Initial Operational Capability: 1984

Bear H16 (Tu-95 MS16) Strategic Bomber
Range: 3,720 nautical miles
Number Deployed: 34
Weapons Load: 16 AS-15A ALCMs or 16 AS-16 SRAMs or bombs
Speed Mach 0.8
Engines: 4 turbofan engines.
Initial Operational Capability: 1984

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