Russia to roll out upgraded strategic missile-carrying bomber

MOSCOW, August 7. /TASS/. The Tupolev Aircraft Company will roll out the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range missile-carrying bomber in Kazan on August 16, the company’s press office announced on Tuesday.
"On August 16, we are rolling out the Tu-22M3M," the press office said.
The ceremony of rolling out the modernized strategic bomber will be held on the territory of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise. The bomber is expected to perform its debut flight in the third quarter of this year, the press office said.
The Tu-22M3M is a modernized version of the Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile-carrying bomber with the variable-sweep wing. During its upgrade, the bomber will get new avionics and a possibility to use new missiles.
As was reported earlier, 30 aircraft will be upgraded to the level of the Tu-22M3M.