Russia may test the upgraded configuration of Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber in 2019, according to a report by TASS.
"I believe that in 2019 this plane, upgraded and manufactured, will make its maiden flight," Aerospace Force commander Viktor Bondarev said Wednesday, when asked about the outlook for resuming the production of Tupolev-160.
Last year officials announced to resume the production of Tupolev-160 bomber’s upgraded configuration – Tupolev-160M2 and to postpone the development of a new generation bomber till a later date.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov was quoted as saying that the upgraded Tuipolev-160 would boast fundamentally new parameters as compared with the planes already in service.
He added that the manufacturers were proceeding with preparations for the manufacture of upgraded bombers in keeping with schedule, although some shortfalls were still to be eliminated.
According to the ministry, the construction of Tupolev-160M2 would begin in 2023 and the Aerospace Force plans to acquire at least 50 such aircraft.
Russia recently signed a $103 million contract with Tupolev design bureau in order to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers. The delivery date for the supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber is December 31, 2015, the Tupolev said
Russias state-owned company United Engine Corporation has begun testing an upgraded NK-32 02 aircraft engines designed for the Tu-160 supersonic heavy strategic bomber. "The bench tests of the new NK-32 02 series engines meant for the strategic missile carrying bomber Tupolev-160M2 are in progress at the public joint stock company PAO Kuznetsov in Samara," TASS reports citing a statement made by the firm
Russian Defence Electronics manufacturer, KRET has begun designing a radically new electronic warfare (EW) system for the future strategic bomber, PAK DA which is intended to replace the Tu-95 and Tu-160 long range bombers. The new aircraft is expected to make its public debut in 2018 and take to the skies in 2025-2026
The Indian Navy's three Tupolev Tu-142M maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft will be decommissioned on March 29 following its 30 years of service. The aircraft will be converted into a museum in collaboration with an Indian state,
A pair of UK's Typhoon fighters and French Mirage fighters scrambled to intercept Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers as they flew over international waters. UK has scrambled two Typhoon aircraft to monitor two Russian Blackjack bombers that flew near British airspace various French and British media reported Thursday
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