eehnie wrote:Isos wrote:franco wrote:George1 wrote:This unit is a new built one or old Tu-160 modernized to M2 level?
My understanding is it was built using an unfinished frame from the Tu-160 production. Don't believe it has the new engines yet but will be used as a test platform for the new technology.
Is it more stealthy ? Do they us RAM on it or they use the same materials than before ?
Some small external dimmensional change is possible, also it is possible some surface treatment, but change in external materials is more difficult and is unlikely in my opinion.
Why unlikly ? Material science has evolved a lot since its design. I'm pretty sure they have some composite materials stronger, lighter and more stealthy to use today.
If they plan to build new ones, better make them with better technology in every field.