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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Russia will resume serial production of the most powerful missile carriers Tu-160

Deputy defense Minister Yuri Borisov made an inspection trip to Nizhny Novgorod. Here he visited the plant where upgraded fighter-interceptor MiG-31 and the output of the main assemblies for the MiG-29. In addition, Borisov held a meeting on the question of the reproduction of the strategic bomber Tu-160M.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

First Deputy Minister visited the plant “Sokol”, where the repair and restoration of the MiG-31. As told Yuri Borisov, the factory, the Ministry of defence has prolonged the contract for restoration, repair restoration and life extension of MiG-31 to the level of MiG-31BM. Entire contract means the restoration of the 113 cars. This year it is planned to supply the armed forces with 22 cars.

Then Borisov held a meeting, the main topics which were the issues on the reproduction of the strategic bomber Tu-160 and the production of light transport aircraft Il-112.

Borisov admitted that the process of restarting the Tu-160, the unique “strategist”, nicknamed “white Swan”, is very difficult, because in his time the whole Soviet Union worked to create this technology. So far no one has managed to create an aircraft that according to its specifications would be better than the Tu-160, was developed in the 70-ies of the last century.

— Now we, in fact, repeat the process, but on a completely different level. This year we will finalize the digital version of the entire working-design documentation. It absolutely other approaches, as now the manufacturing of the basic units is with digital technology.

He noted that on this plane a very good rate and we can proceed directly to the machine manufacturer. Borisov said that the aircraft will be manufactured in Kazan. Its serial production is scheduled to begin in 2020-2021 years. While it is planned to produce 50 of these machines. However, Borisov noted that this figure may be adjusted, as now in parallel work on a promising aviation complex distant aviation (PAK DA). While the basic characteristics of this plane are kept secret.

— The appearance of the PAK DA will be a completely different plane. I think in 2018 there is a real opportunity to see the PAK DA as it unfolded.


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