CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- Apr 2, 2006
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With a high level of probability, it was.
I'd heard somewhere (probably here) that the idea of a nuclear powered Tu-123 was toyed with but is there any evidence that it got any further than "hey, wouldn't a nuclear-powered TU-123 be neat-o"?flateric said:With a high level of probability, it was.
Rigmant?flateric said:Nuclear turboramjet versions of Tu-123 Yastreb (DBR-1) in recce and strike versions went a little further then '"hey, wouldn't it be neat" - at least Rigmant says of such modifications were studied...but he don't go further on subject.
Michel Van said:There was a Soviet version of SLAM, but it didn't progress as far. It was called the KAR (Krylataya Atomnaya Raketa). The Soviets did build some fuel elements for the reactor, but halted the project when it became apparent that the size would be enormous (5 meters in diameter if I remember correctly). I have been unable to find any further data on the project, unfortunately.Grif said:back to SLAM was there ever a Soviet version of SLAM ?
Very nice! Will you release this in digital format as well? Personally I have no interest in prints, as my main interest in these sort of drawings is for 3D modelling purposes. I do have your eV2N1.pdf about the Pluto/SLAM, but it appears you've made some small changes plus the additional data is useful.Orionblamblam said:Poit!
Possibly maybe someday in GIF format, not in the original vector format. I just got back from the printer with the first production run, incorporating improvements suggested by buyers of the protottype run. They look quite a bit better, even though the tweaks were minor.Skyraider3D said:
Probably a fair amount. it was a reasonably well-publicized project in the Western aviation press at the time.Skyraider3D said:Just wondering... how much did the Soviets know about the Pluto/SLAM?
Meh. You can't really make a nuclear powered version of a conventional vehicle without a *lot* of major changes.Their Tu-121/Tu-123 reconnaissance drone looked very similar, and nuclear powered versions of it were proposed.
Possibly the reason it was cancelled (that, or the fact Pluto/SLAM was cancelled first)?Orionblamblam said:Meh. You can't really make a nuclear powered version of a conventional vehicle without a *lot* of major changes.