Who cares about cockpits. Those things only need to be able to launch cruise missiles from 2000km away. They proved to be able to go at the other side of the earth without any modernization.
They will never be used as conventional bombers anyway in a real war or when tensions are high but rather kept in middle of russia waiting with their kh-101.
I want to see what the modernised models cockpits look like... is that OK with you?
Dials are more resistant to EMP caused by nuke blast than fancy stuff
They use them for a reason, this is still nuclear bomber
Actually the dials just display information... it is the sensors that detect the information displayed on the dials that need protection from EMP, but these aircraft are no longer bombers AFAIK... they are now purely cruise missile carriers, so any nuclear blast is likely to occur thousands of kms away, and indeed most will occur well inside the atmosphere so the EMP effect will be rather minimal anyway.
This was a Tu-160M (or M1), not a Tu-160M2 = an old plane, not a new build one.
Yes, I know... what I am saying is that over the years there has been repeated talk about aircraft upgrades for all the Tupolevs that talked about unification of engines (where practical.... ie backfire and blackjack are the same but not the bear), radar, sensors, presumably cockpits, and weapons.
They often have reports about this or that upgrade but it is never confirmed and this video footage seems to show no much has changed since the first production Blackjacks in terms of cockpit instrumentation.
Now they did send two Blackjacks... perhaps they sent an old model and an upgraded model to test the performance of each, and to allow cockpit video of the old model for release to the public.... or maybe they were both old models... or maybe both are upgraded and the upgrade does not include cockpit modernisation.
White Swans settling in the USA backyard
Another parameter they do not explore is that with the end of the INF treaty, then Russia will be free to return to develop nuclear missiles with ranges of between 500km and 5,000km... so basing some IRBMs in Venezuela... just looking at a map, a 5,000km range missile could reach Arizona/Wyoming/south dakota and pretty much any US state to the east of those states from a quite central launch position in Venezuela...