Russia is planning to start serial production of an upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber by 2022.
President of Russia’s Aircraft-Building Corporation Yuri Slyusar said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel on Tuesday that UAC would build from 30 to 50 of the bombers annually.
"We are concluding R&D work in 2021 and starting from 2022 we are beginning the serial production of these machines. We are discussing the exact figure with the customer. I believe their number will range from 30 to 50 machines," Slyusar added. Two-three such aircraft were planned to be produced each year.
Along with the production of Tu-160M2s, operational long-range combat aircraft, such as Tu-160 and Tu-95MS missile carriers and Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, will be modernized, report says.
In 2015, Russia announced the comeback of the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-160 in its upgraded Tu-160M2 variant, pushing back the final phase of developing the next-generation PAK DA bomber until later. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov had said in October 2016 that 50 such planes were planned to be produced.
According to a report by RBTH in August last year, the Tu-160M2 will see its first flight in late 2018.
The upgraded variant could be carrying H-101 and H-555 new-generation long-range winged missiles and is also capable of carrying the H-55SM winged missile with programmed coordinates for striking targets on the ground. The Tu-160 can be equipped with any type of nuclear and ordinary bombs: armor-piercing, concrete-piercing, cluster, naval mines, etc. The total weight of the warheads can reach 40 tons.
Russia is developing a cruise missile with a 3000 KM range which would be launched from a modernized version of the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber and planed for service entry by 2020. The extremely long range missile development indicates a shift in Russian military philosophy towards long range weapons to reduce the risk of detection and attack from anti-aircraft and anti-attack systems
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
Russian first Tupolev Tu-160M modernized strategic bomber with about 60 per cent new components included will appear in 2021. The first deeply modernized Tu-160M will appear in 2021
Russia's modernized of Tu-160 strategic bomber, dubbed Tu-160M2, will be equipped with new Missiles and Kuznetsov NK-32 engine which will increase its range by 1000 kms. The country's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told RIA Novosti today "There will be a spate of such missiles in terms of range and characteristics,"
The first prototype of Russia's upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber will perform its maiden flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise in February 2018. "The plane with the factory number 804 based on Soviet aircraft breakthroughs will be rolled out of the final assembly workshop of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise and delivered to the flight testing station in November this year
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
Indias Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Russian manufacturers of Sukhoi-30 aircraft have signed an agreement for the supply of spares that does not involve any technology transfer. HAL signed agreements with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and United Engine Corporation (UEC) for long-term support on after sales service of Su-30 MKI aircraft,
Russia will start delivery of MiG-29 fighters to Egypt this year, President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar said. "MiG-29 aircraft in interests of Egypt - implementation of this contract, training of pilots and deliveries of aircraft equipment will start this year," Slyusar said on the air with Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Tuesday,
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