At last, the Air Forces received the Tu-160 bomber that was undergoing overhaul at the Kazan Aviation Plant (this plane was expected to be back in 2005, but this was delayed several times ). The aircraft was christened "Valentin Bliznyuk", after the Chief Designer of the plane.

As it was reported earlier, the overhaul did not seem to include upgrade of avionics. However, the aircraft was reportedly given the capability to use conventional weapons.