Herpa HE559867 – 1/200 Scale Tu-160 White Swan Diecast Model
Herpa Wings Series
|Length||27.0 cm||10.60 in||Approx|
|Wingspan swept||17.8 cm||7.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan spread||27.8 cm||10.94 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Variable wing sweep
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/200 Scale Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan, VVS – Herpa HE559867
Herpa HE559454 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan, serial number RF-94105, named “Ilya Muromets” Red 06. From the 121st Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, 6950th Aviation Base, VVS (Russian Air Force), stationed at Engels-2 air base.
Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan
The Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) is a Russian four-engine, supersonic, variable-sweep wing, heavy strategic bomber. The first flight took place on December 18, 1981, entering service in April 1987 with the 184th Guards Heavy Bomber Regiment. Its combat debut occurred on November 17, 2015, with the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Currently, it is the largest and heaviest Mach 2+ supersonic military aircraft, heaviest combat aircraft, fastest bomber, and the largest and heaviest variable-sweep wing aeroplane to fly. A modernisation program began in 2014.
The airframe’s construction is mainly of titanium, aluminium alloys, steel alloys, and composite materials. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque design with a low mounted blended variable-sweep cantilever wing. The four engines are encased in two pods, one under each wing. The tail is a cruciform design with an all-moving tailplane. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type. Flight crew consists of four; pilot, co-pilot, bombardier and defensive systems officer).
It is powered by four Kuznetsov NK-32 axial-flow low bypass turbofans with afterburners, giving the Tu-160 a cruise speed of 960 km/h (600 mph), a maximum speed of 2,220 km/h plus (1,380 mph), a service ceiling of 16,000 m (52,000 ft) and range of 2,000 km (1,200 mi).
Tandem internal weapons bays can carry up to 45,000 kg (99,208 lb) of ordnance consisting of cruise missiles, short-range nuclear missiles, and free-fall bombs.
Individual Tu-160s bear the name of a notable Russian, and in the case of Red 06, “Ilya Muromets”, a Bogatyr (knight-errant) from Russian folklore.