http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...bomber-outrun-Britain-s-best-fighter-jet.html TU-160M, mmmm that'll be the 'new' variant that was proposed back in 2005 and has just (late) appeared into service, with no independent verification of the success of the new avionics/engine systems. Given that only around 10 were expected to be modified, that perhaps tells us something about the RU crewing, training, manufacturing, support or acquisition constraints. But as for the thrust of the DM article, "it can outrun Britain's best fighter jet" - at Mach2, I doubt it and at the end of an extended flight, having been opposed all the way from Engels or Saratov, even as stand-off platforms (their primary role) I'd have hoped Norwegian and Baltic a/c had intercepted well before the RAF had to disturb their afternoon naps. I wonder how many of the actual 16 in existence are even flightworthy? But, what's the DM point of the article - it's not news, the RU posturing is well noted; Election related?