on Nov. 3, 2019, an unusual incident took place in the skies over the Japanese Sea when Russian Tu-160 supersonic bomber outrun two U.S. F-35 fighter jets that try to intercept bomber performing a surveillance mission.
According to the Russian newspaper Vzglyad, with reference to the Chinese edition Sina, wrote that the American fighters “lost sight” of the Russian Aerospace Force bomber, who easily moved away from them.
According to the publication, the two F-35A fighters also reacted, but a little too late. When the acceleration was turned on, the radar still detected the Tu-160, but the pilot no longer saw it.
Noteworthy while the Tu-160 has a top speed of Mach 2.05 (1570 mph) the F-35A reaches Mach 1.6 (1200 mph).
The Chinese edition notes how the 110-ton Russian aircraft was able to easily move away from the 13-tonne American fighters.
Fighters from NATO and Allied countries are constantly trying to control all flights of the Tu-160 and other Russian bombers.
The Tupolev Tu-160 “Beliy Lebed” is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, strategic bomber. The Blackjack is the largest and heaviest combat aircraft, the fastest bomber currently in use, and is the largest and heaviest variable-sweep wing airplane ever flown.
The aircraft entered operational service in 1987, and as of 2016, the Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) fields 16 Tu160s. The Blackjack fleet has been undergoing upgrades to electronics systems since the early 2000s. The first upgraded Tu-160M has been delivered in December 2014.