On Wednesday, the reproduced Tu-160 aircraft made its first half-hour flight at an altitude of 600 meters. The debut took place from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant – the Tupolev branch (part of the UAC of the Rostec State Corporation). This was reported on January 12 at Rostec.
“We have restored the full production cycle of the Tu-160, but already in the M modification, using modernized engines, modernized aircraft control systems, navigation systems, and weapons control systems. The modernization of the Kazan Aviation Plant played an important role in restoring the production of unique aircraft: the equipment of the shops, the flight test base was updated, the world’s largest installation for electron beam welding and vacuum annealing of titanium was put into operation, ”said the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.
The reproduction program for Tu-160 aircraft began by the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2018, a state contract was signed between the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Tupolev company for the supply of the first batch.
UAC General Director Yuri Slyusar noted that the new machine was completely built from scratch and retains its appearance – it was updated by 80%, as well as systems and equipment were modernized. And the managing director of Tupolev, Vadim Korolyov, said that as part of the program at the Kazan aircraft plant, more than 40% of the workshop equipment was updated and modernized, a significant part of the team underwent additional training.
Tu-160 “White Swan” – supersonic strategic bomber with variable wing geometry. It is designed to destroy targets with nuclear and conventional missiles, including those deep behind enemy lines.