Work on the reproduction of strategic bombers Tu-160 "White Swan" for Long-range aviation of the air forces of Russia, said on Thursday Deputy Minister of defense Yuri Borisov.
"The conclusion was made about the recovery of the Tu-160 with a new look. Quickly we established a working group, together with Minpromtorga scheduled monthly meetings during this project, appointed the chief designers - Work on a normal stage, "- said Borisov at the annual meeting with leaders of trade Union organisations of the defence industry, reports RIA " Novosti ".
at the end of April, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has set the task to study the question of the restoration of production of a supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160 at the Kazan aircraft plant. Gorbunova. Currently in service with the Russian air force are 16 bombers Tu-160. They are being upgraded, which will complete in 2020. To perform the functions of the Tu-160 is currently no other aircraft, standing currently in service. Promising aviation complex Distant aviation (PAK DA) promise to make only in the coming decade. For this reason, according to experts, the production of Tu-160 to close the needs of the air force in the next few years, makes sense. Tu-160 – the largest and most powerful in the history of military aviation supersonic aircraft with variable geometry wings, as well as the most heavy combat aircraft in the world, having the largest Among the bombers maximum take-off weight. Among the pilots was nicknamed the " White Swan ". Was produced from 1984 to 1992, during this period of time Was released 34 aircraft, and more than fifty percent of them – 19 cars – after the partition of the USSR remained in Ukraine. In Kiev told that this aircraft is not necessary, and proceeded to waste by getting a cut of each plane for a million dollars from North America. Eight aircraft could save – They were transferred to Moscow after long conversations. Kiev has sought for Soviet aircraft or two transport Il-76 for the car or gas debt write-off. In the end still stayed on the 2nd version. Currently in service with the Russian air force are 16 bombers Tu-160.