On January 12, the first newly manufactured Tu-160M strategic missile carrier made its maiden flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant – a branch of Tupolev (part of the UAC of the State Corporation Rostec).
The flight took place at an altitude of 600 meters and lasted about 30 minutes. The crew of test pilots of Tupolev PJSC performed maneuvers to check the stability and controllability of the aircraft in the air.
The program of reproduction of Tu-160 aircraft in the modernized form of Tu-160M was launched by the decision of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
As part of the implementation of the program under the state contract between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and Tupolev, the design documentation for the Tu-160M aircraft has been fully digitized in a short time, the vacuum welding technology for titanium products has been restored, the production of airframe units has been resumed, a new cooperation has been formed from leading industrial enterprises in the field of metallurgy , aircraft construction, mechanical engineering and instrument making, the main part of which is part of the State Corporation Rostec.
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, emphasized: “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. Today we see significant prospects for the Tu-160 platform: further development will make it possible to use it for new types of weapons, including promising ones. “
The aircraft retains its appearance, but is created on a completely new technological base using digital technologies.
“Tu-160 is one of the largest and most high-tech projects in the aviation industry. The implementation of this program required not only the renovation of production facilities, but also the creation of a fundamentally new digital environment for working on the project. A number of aircraft design bureaus participated in the preparation of digital documentation for the project. The fundamental importance of today’s event is that the new machine has been completely rebuilt from scratch, ”said UAC General Director Yuri Slyusar. – “The systems and equipment in the new machine have been updated and modernized by 80 percent.”
The implementation of the program for the modernization and reproduction of the Tu-160 strategic missile carriers required a significant renovation of the production base.
“Within the framework of the program, more than 40 percent of the workshop equipment was updated and modernized at the Kazan Aviation Plant, a significant part of the team underwent additional training. For Tupolev, the reproduction of the Tu-160 is a major project, which means not only updating the material and technical base and restoring key competencies, but also reaching a new level of possibilities for the design and serial production of the most complex and advanced aircraft complexes, “said the managing director of Tupolev Vadim Korolev.
Tu-160 is the largest and most powerful supersonic aircraft with variable wing geometry in the history of military aviation.