Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov made a working trip to the “Kuznetsov” enterprise in Samara
During his visit to the Kuznetsov enterprise in Samara, the Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov stated that certain enterprises were preparing to produce strategic missile-carrying aircraft Tu-160 (“White swan”).
Nevertheless, according to Deputy Defence Minister, there are some pretensions to the production. As a customer, the Russian Defence Ministry had already made necessary contracts with the JSC “Tupolev”, but it has not initiated the work yet.
Yuri Borisov reminded that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had accepted the suggestion of the Russian Defence Ministry concerning re-establishment of the production of Tu-160 aircraft.
According to Yuri Borisov, the renewed strategic missile-carrying aircraft Tu-160 will differ from the predecessors in practically all parameters.
As previously reported, building of Tu-160 aircraft will start not later than in the year 2023.
The main objective of the inspection was to check the repairing process of aviation hardware as well as the creation of a new concept of the Tu-160 aircraft.Therefore, the Kuznetsov engine plant will produce 5 new NK-32 engines for Tu-160 missile carriers.
According to the Deputy Defence Minister, the Samara plant named after Kuznetsov starts qualification trials of the first engine from the new series and is to produce one qualification and four line produced engines.
Yuri Borisov stressed that the Russian Defence Ministry “keeps this work under strict control”.
Alongside with repair of the engines for all strategic aircraft (NK-32, NK-25 and NK-12), the Samara company is preparing working lines for producing NK-32 engines. According to Yuri Borisov, NK-32 engine has the best capabilities.
Tu-160 is a strategic bomber missile carrier with variable sweep wing designed by Tupolev experimental design bureau in 1970-1980 (USSR). It has been in service since 1987. This is the largest and most powerful supersonic aircraft in the world with the largest maximum take-off weight.