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The russian Tu-160 "White Swan" has dropped the last Tsar Bomb IIx, ( 60 Mega Tons) near an industrial city in North America. A Super Alpha F111 X-70 pursues it's prey in attempt to destroy the adversary.

Earth is "for all intents and purposes" destroyed. Only the airmen and submariners of both the U.S. and Russia's Triad Forces will survive and live out their final days in deep underwater "Oceanic Bunkers".

The Tu-160 pilot and crew races toward specific coordinates in the Atlantic Ocean to be pick-up by an Akyla/Delta Class VI submarine and then travel to a safe ocean bunker.

The U.S. pilot and crew will do the same procedure. It's a final race to the Atlantic Ocean in attempt to survive.

If we we only knew what lies below our ocean floors.

Thanks for Looking.

Cheers, Mike
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templerman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
A truly chilling image. As one who lived through the Cold War era on USAF bases, this was a daily threat. Someone in your comments said they were glad the Cold War was over, and had never gotten Hot. Just last week on November 13, 2014, 3:31 PM on the CBS Evening News David Martin reported that Putin had ordered his Strategic Bombing Forces to start flying missions over the Gulf of Mexico and other locations. Deja Vu All Over Again!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also lived through the 1960's and remember the Cuban Crisis, the Kennedy/Khrushchev showdown. The younger generation really doesn't know how close we came to nuclear war.

The Cold War really never ended. The games continue, the Triad Defense is still our defense against Russia. Russia also counters with their Triad Defense as we are seeing with flights over the Gulf.

Check out my other artwork of the B-52, TU-95 and nuclear submarines all related to this subject.
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Waterflame6 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
....WAS IT IN CANADA? If So, NOPE! 
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zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Detroit
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Waterflame6 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Okay, Good.

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RodrigoF01 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Русский ту-160
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benracer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Funny that I stuble upon this the same day as my LOV/RIR class started watching Dr. Strangelove
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peripiscean Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Omg, this is both wonderful and terrifying!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it.
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GreyWolfeRun Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Man what a amazing piece!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Alpine-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
The Tu-160 Blackjack & the "Evil Empire's" super potato heads from Tupolev Design Bureau making the blue suits in Omaha pee on themselves since 1981.

Great Job On A Most Excellent Graphic! That Blackjack of a Swan is truly a beauty.

Great HD Vid of it here: [link]
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. It's one of my favorites.

Good Link, Thanks.
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LucasVN Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
The very fact that a flick of a switch could have produced this is haunting. Glad the cold war ended before it went hot.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, Thanks for the feedback.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lets all hope that the event that's happening in this beautifully done art pic will never happen to us and our children and our children's children.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback.

I agree.

Cheers, Mike
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
They don't use bombs however. Its impossible to carry to target.
Tu-160 as well as Tu-95 carries several Х-55 missiles which can be launched from ~2500 km. 200 kt warhead.
Those missile carriers also never fly low.
So called "Tsar bomb" actually known in Russia as "Kuz'kina mat'" (z and t soft), which is literally translates as "mother of Kuz'ma" - thats part of Russian idiom used by Khrushchev in his speech, meaning "something horrible". It worth mentioning that actual power of that bomb 100 mt, only half of this was used in nuclear test.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is concept art and the storyline is in the future. Think out of the box.

I realize what arms are carried by the TU-160 today and the power of the Tsar Bomb's history.

Anything is possible, the TU-160 has been modified with NEW and more powerful engines and "modified" to carry the NEW Tsar Bomb IIx bomb.

Thinks for the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Bombers simply can't pass NORAD. Fighters intercept them in international airspace. No bomb attack possible, thats why they carry X-55.

Also, even though this is nonessential - Russia can't make new engines and bombs, because industry and science degraded horribly.
Can't even produce new Tu-160, there is only about dozen of them available.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you ever worked in the Defense Industy?

I have and also served in the Berlin Brigade during the Cold War. Never under estimate Russia's prowess and technology. Read about Russia industrial might during WW II. War has a way of "awaking the lion"

Your aweful confident about NORAD. Norad is basically an air defense that is suppose to knock out "every" enemy aircraft prior to making it to our mainland. How do know Russia hasn't the capability of "air-launching' nuclear tip "hard-kill" cruise missles even before NORAD realises that we are being attack?

Do you know Russia is the only country in the world of producing titanium-hull submarines. Titanaim hull subs are faster and can dive deeper than ours. So much for there metallugical technology.

You need to "walk the talk and talk the walk" before you spew your over confidence about the defense and capabilities of Russia. Over confidence is what killed Custer, the Japanese Navy at Midway and the German's at Stalingrad.
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Have you ever been in Russia?
I live here. Soviet Union collapsed 20 years ago. Russia smaller, weaker and since than everything that have something with industry and science collapsed too. Town where I live actually was created for Defense Industry. Its dying now. Factories and science center practically dead.

There is no "awaking lion", Soviet industrial might was a result of industrialization. Now we have deindustrialization. And not only this - we lost our education. In USSR it was one of the best in the world, now its horrible. Therefore its impossible to recover - no education - no scientists and engineers - no industry - no high tech.

Our government buying Western equipment now.
Western people for some reason believe that modern Russian government cares about Russian interests. Wrong. They are selling oil and gas and keep money for themselves, everything else in Russia decaying or already decayed. Propaganda of course tells that everything is fine.

NORAD effectively intercept any Russian bomber (there is not many of them anyway) and you can see photos that prove this.
Well, pilots hope they can launch missile before bomber will be downed, but they know for sure that they cant carry bomb to target.
There is no "hard-kill" missiles. Russian missiles barely equivalent of outdated model of Tomahawk.

Do you know that even USSR stopped producing titanium-hull submarines cause they were too expensive? Meanwhile Russia can't afford even part of what Soviet Union could, being both financially and technologically backward. Also Russian subs noisy and with weaker sonars.

"walk the talk and talk the walk", yep, everything I see makes me pretty melancholic. As for the Russian military itself - not deserve a single good word.
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, you could replace Russia and Soviet Union with US and Western with China and the first three paragraphs of your post above would still ring true. My friend Dimitri lived in Moscow and I met him for the first time in California about 12 years ago (we both worked for the same global company then), and he wanted to buy clothes to take home. We took him shopping two evenings and went to about 20 different stores, and he could not find one pair of jeans or a leather jacket made in the USA. Everything he looked at from Levis to store brands were made in China, and he could get them for less back in Moscow. If I'm not mistaken, he finally went home with a pair of cowboy boots made in Mexico.
I live in Canada, and we are used to being the mouse sleeping with the elephant when it comes to the US, but what I am pretty certain of is that the grass always appears greener in the neighbor's yard.
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Anything low tech or textile "made in China" in Russia.
Anything high tech - Western of assembled in China.
But I was talking not about civilian production, but about military equipment. Such as armored vehicles and helicopters - government decided to buy Italian. And ships - French (those ships are landing ships by the way and useless for Russia, since there is no necessity to land anywhere and navy incapable of conducting such operations anyway, not to mention that navy itself - just a ballast for Russia).
This is expensive and bad for already bad economy - government however playing friendship with Italy and France not caring much about low living conditions in which live Russian people.
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is great concern over here right now about fake Cisco routers sold into the military that have back doors in them sending information to China. You are not alone my friend.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mentioned Mexico, now there is a country in chaos. I worked there about ten years ago and it made me nervous then. They do have good boots there but not sure I will ever go back.

I am glad to have Canada as our friends. I several friends that go fishing up there every year. The Northwest looks beautiful.

It may look greener over here up our big cites such as Chicago and St.louis are steeped in crime and broke. Illinois, the state I live in is 40 billion in debt, We are #1 in debt.

Cheers, Mike
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you. I have a friend now living in Montreal who grew up in Mexico City. When I lived there he used to laugh at how the news in Montreal announces murders as news, "the 27th murder of the year took place yesterday..." A bad year in Montreal is about one hundred murders; Mexico city has five times that in a week.
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said. There is a great story of a CF-18 pilot who was invited to fly in a MiG-29 in 1989, and he was suitably impressed. I found the story here: [link]
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the link.

The MiG-29 is based on the F-15 design except with some advanced tweeking by the The Russians. Your link talks about air skidding and "high-alpha" basically stalling the AC and then an abrupt vertically hover. It took 5,000 ft ( CF-18) vs. 500 ft (Mig)to basically to accomplish the "cobra" manuever a deadly manuever in combat. Also, the Canadian pilot mentions it had a quick or turn. That has been well know that soviet aircraft have a very fast turn rate. I wonder why? These manuevers are accomplished by "controlled jet vectoring" just something I have heard.

Also, the Canadian pilot did not get all of the secrets of that aircraft's capabilities. I am sure.
I think the Canadian pilot realized that the MiG-29 is not so bad of a fighter AC. I would like to hear from Top-Gun pilots of what they think of the Russian fighters of today.
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
MiG-29 as well as Su-27 based on Soviet aerodynamic research. They have nothing to do with F-15, except for the fact that supposed to counter it. One of aerodynamic test models looked like F-15 and was rejected as many others.
The plane that actually look like F-15 is MiG-25. But it was made earlier. Besides it was Americans who got Russian plane, Russians never captured F-15.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I have been to Russia, worked there for two years
at a tractor factory for Caterpillar. I have several good friends in St. Petersburg, Samara and Chelyabinsk.

Yes, The Russian have very quiet and faster subs than our attack subs. I worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat Div. on our Submarines.

No, NORAD cannot stop every russian AC.

Yes, Russia has hard kill missiles.

Take a chill pill and stop reading old literature.

Sense you are unknown and dress-up like a star-war troll I don't take much credance of your sources and knowledge.
By the way you need a bigger sword if you are going into battle. May the force be with you.
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's clear from the tone of his story that he was suitably impressed with the MiG 29 :-)
You have a great gallery by the way, I need to come back and spend more time browsing.
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LoginTrap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Russian pilots wasn't so happy with that plane because of particularly short range. Also there was a problem with radar losing targets in some situations.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Goods talks. Apprciate the feedback.
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
added to Sketches and concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

Cheers, Mike
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic Apocalyptic Background!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it.

Cheers, Mike
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A powerful image Mike. Love the use of colour.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Graham, this has been a one week project. The background was changed numerous time. I had originally cluttered the ground with various debris but finally decided on a subdue city BG.

Cheers, Mike
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Sometimes I wish to know why Kennedy didn't dare to press that red button pave way for a "World War III".

Life is so worthless under the shadow of these nuclear weapons.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can talk days about the history of manufacturing war equipment. As a manufacturing engineer for Caterpillar setting up factories it has always amazed me what war can do to stimulate production. No, I never have under estimated the might of the russian industry.

Many of the tractor factories built during the Soviet Union's Five Year Plan were by Mr. Kahn's factory designs of the USA. These tractor factories became tank factories that produced over 100,000 armour vehicles (Tankograd) Also the aircraft factories were based on USA design. What is interesting the T-34 tank was designed in "modular" construction with the philosophy of "keep it simple" so women and children could build their armour. The T-34 was produced at a rate of 1,350/month.

Another interesting note is that the Soviet Union developed some of the best armour steel in six weeks at the huge Magnitogork Steel Works and produced the steel for every one out of four tanks produced and one out of three artillery shells produced. This was amazing in time of War II.

The German industry just could not keep up with that of the Soviet Union. All the German brilliant and overwhelming victories were negated by the fact that the Soviets could always produce more material than they lost. The German industry, on the other hand, had no capacity to make good the losses the war against the Soviet Union demanded.

Thanks for the feedback on an interesting subject.

Cheers, Mike
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, the Russian industry is mighty indeed, but the problem is, can they retain full production speed after a strategic nuclear attack?

This question is very hard to solve properly, I think.

Many famous military production plants in USSR/Russia are pretty vulnerable to a conventional attack, not to mention the nuclear attack.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really is scary what the USA and Russia has the capabilties of doing to the world. There is no survival in a Nuclear War. I worked in the defense industry and know a little about our capabilites of the "Triad Defense" As they say; "a good defense is a good offense."

Even a "convential war" is scary, I am not sure what that really means, does that mean no nuclear weapons allowed?

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers, MIke
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Let's look at from a different perspective; nuclear weapons as a strategic force is really, but really bad and dangerous. In tactical means, they're... Still bad, but a "9K720" Iskander (or a 9K79 "Tochka") is not as bad as a SS-18 "Satan" ICBM.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If they ever come down to pushing buttons it will be about saturation bombing or the MIRV arsenal and breaking through the anti-missle defense.

It won't be about the biggest single warheard with the largest megatons but about a fleet of (13) Trident Sub each with (24) Trident D-5 missiles with each missile with 3-12 warheads.

The russian's can counter most of what we have, its now about how much does the countries want to invest trillions of $'s into this defense.

Its still a game of chess with thousands of varibles.
Good conversation. Just my thoughts.

Cheers, Mike
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Let's go back to the conventional war area... Do you have any opinions about it?

I mean, the Cold War wasn't entirely about a nuclear strike with fancy MIRV's and FOBS'... There were plans about a fair fight between men too. :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Conventional warfare is a form of warfare conducted by using conventional military weapons and battlefield tactics between two or more states in open confrontation. The forces on each side are well-defined, and fight using weapons that primarily target the opposing army. It is normally fought using conventional weapons, and not with chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons.

The general purpose of conventional warfare is to weaken or destroy the opponent's military force, thereby negating its ability to engage in conventional warfare. In forcing capitulation, however, one or both sides may eventually resort to unconventional warfare tactics.

I look at it a football game, one team wants to beat the other, does the choach think they can win by unconvential tactics by using steroids, money etc to win? In war ther are no rules if you are to win. Read Grant, Crazy Horse, Hackworth, Patton.

There is no such thing as a "conventional warefare" between Russia and the USA today because the leadership knows it will become unconvential warfare if that occurs.

Krushcehev knew the consequenses in 1961 that final day in October what was at stake.

My opinions only.

Cheers, Mike
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Basically... The NBC weaponry has literally f*cked up the equation about conventional warfare.
(Sorry for the language, it happens when you get used to read stuff about conventional warfare.)

Well, this is why I dislike them. :|

Speaking of chemical and biological weapons, do you know anything about those things?
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