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Russia to restart Tu-160 supersonic bomber production line

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Some reports I've seen suggest at least four 'white tails'.
 

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The first installation batch of NK-32 engines of the second stage was delivered for the modernized Tu-160M

The United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of the Rostec State Corporation) has begun mass production of the NK-32-02 engines.

Currently, UEC conducts qualification and service life tests of NK-32 series 02 engines at stands. "The newly manufactured engines meet the requirements of the design and regulatory documentation stated in the tactical and technical assignment," the corporation stressed. The UEC is completing the modernization of production at the UEC-Kuznetsov enterprise, which was required to start the serial production of the second stage NK-32 engines for the modernized Tu-160M strategic missile carriers. "Implementation of measures to organize serial production of NK-32 series 02 engines has been completed. The need to ensure an increase in production throughput entailed a large-scale reconstruction of production," the UEC said.
 

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So it appears that the reintroduction of newly manufactured NK-32 engines has been established, with the model called 02.
No idea what this model entails.

Reading on this matter over the last year or so, reports are that they have re-established the specialised manufacturing capacity to fabricate the massive titanium central fuselage/wing structure that is the core of the airframe.
If this is the case, they would only do this if new airframes are to be manufactured, and not simply finishing off existing unfinished airframes, in my opinion.
So, reading the above posts, it appears that the existing airframes (2 to 4 remaining?) that were unfinished will be completed to Tu-160M specifications, which will incorporate M2 features, and whilst this is going on, preparation for newly manufactured M2 models will be ongoing?
If so, this is a very sensible approach.
 
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This is the picture from the article, labelled NK-32-02.
I have had a look online at vanilla NK-32 engines, but the cage (guide vanes?) up front in all the pictures make it difficult to see the blade design at the engine face.
Does the NK-32-02 have redesigned blades?
It looks that way to me...
 

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It would not be unrealistic to see the NK-32-02 fitted with a slightly larger Cold section fan.
Could make the core run colder(improved TBO), higher trust or both of them.
 

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Thanks Trident.
I thought something looked off regarding some of the aspects, especially the length (NK-32 is 6 meters long), hence why I thought it prudent to mention that it was labelled as an NK-32-02 in the article.
 
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So it appears that the reintroduction of newly manufactured NK-32 engines has been established, with the model called 02.
No idea what this model entails.

Reading on this matter over the last year or so, reports are that they have re-established the specialised manufacturing capacity to fabricate the massive titanium central fuselage/wing structure that is the core of the airframe.
If this is the case, they would only do this if new airframes are to be manufactured, and not simply finishing off existing unfinished airframes, in my opinion.
So, reading the above posts, it appears that the existing airframes (2 to 4 remaining?) that were unfinished will be completed to Tu-160M specifications, which will incorporate M2 features, and whilst this is going on, preparation for newly manufactured M2 models will be ongoing?
If so, this is a very sensible approach.
After trying to understand what was going on with the Tu-160, this is roughly what I got:

- There is a mid-life upgrade process going on for the fleet; this does not mean bringing the planes to the "M" standard, just substitution of obsolete systems and overhaul of airframe;
- There is a contract to upgrade 10 existing units to Tu-160M level;
- Finally, there is a contract to build 10 new units in the M standard.

As far as I understand, there is no M and M2 standards, they will be both the same (izd. 70M), with new engines, systems and avionics, but since regular upgrades have been wrongy referred as M standard, it is not impossible that the modernized plane is called M2. Until now Kuznetsov was delayed with the newer engines, but both already built and new airframes should use them.

If someone is better informed, I would appreciate being corrected ;)
 
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