Russia will replace existing Tu-160 strategic bomber fleet will all-new versions of the aircraft besides upgrading operational aircraft to the level of new planes.
"We are going to purchase the entire fleet of our strategic Tu-160 bombers in their new version and carry out heavy upgrade of operational aircraft where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. That is why, we will get the renewed fleet of strategic aircraft somewhere by 2030," Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Wednesday during his visit to the Samara-based Kuznetsov Enterprise, which produces engines for long-range aviation.
According to the deputy defense minister, the new Tu-160 will be less visible than its predecessor "due to special coatings."
"Alongside, we are developing new airborne weapons, and you can’t compare the Tu-160 plane with the Kh-55, Kh-550 and even Kh-101 missiles and the plane, which we hope to get serial-produced by the 2030s with new airborne weapons that will have quite different ranges," Borisov added.
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 Defense Ministry has received another upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 strategic missile carrier. "The Tupolev Company transferred a Tu-160 plane to the Defense Ministry of Russia on August 28
Russia has launched R&D work to develop a defensive aids system for modernized Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers to protect them from all types of missile attacks. "We understand that the bombers will have a principally new defensive aids system which is being developed as part of a new R&D effort
Russia is working on development of new multiple launch rocket system which will be incorporating robotic remote control elements to strike both land and air targets, the head of Tecmash Research and Production Group told TASS. "We are setting the aim of creating a system capable of hitting both ground and air targets
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