Russia to restart Tu-160 supersonic bomber production line

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I don't think its any coincidence that the sexiest looking and most talked about post-war aircraft were all painted white (Arrow, TSR2, B-70, B-1A, Concorde, Tu-160, Vulcan etc.).
every rule has the odd exception but you are otherwise right
 

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Does anyone have a picture of the large titanium wing/fuselage structure?
I swear I saw it somewhere before, but can't seem to find any pics online.
I seem to recall that it required a specialised fabrication process. (Possibly either in a special chamber or environment?)
 

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Here's one I found in my files, I seem to recall I have at least one more, but it eludes me right now.

Titanium burns at high temperatures under exposure to air, so welding needs to be done either in an inert gas atmosphere or in actual vacuum. The latter is a requirement if the parts are to be joined by electron beam welding (which allows deep, high quality welds and was therefore popular for manufacturing VG wing carry through structures). On the second photo is what might be the chamber used for welding the Tu-160 wing carry through, though it might also be an oven for age-creep forming of the wing skins?
 

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That's a great post.
Thanks Trident.
I too seem to recollect seeing a different pic, I think in its entirety, from up high.
 

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We are probably thinking of the same picture :) I do like this one for its sense of scale though - I mean I've seen the equivalent part of a Tornado IDS first hand, and it's minuscule by comparison!
 

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Does anyone have a picture of the large titanium wing/fuselage structure?
I swear I saw it somewhere before, but can't seem to find any pics online.
I seem to recall that it required a specialised fabrication process. (Possibly either in a special chamber or environment?)
I will try to find some photos on paralay's forum when it back online. Or you can try to find it yourself )
 

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Are you sure that this picture is real?

Yes. kaiserbill and I may be at an advantage here because we've seen a different image of the part and are satisfied that this one matches our recollection, but even if the sheer size has you skeptical, it's straightforward to verify. Take a good Tu-160 drawing and measure the distance between the wing pivots (which is the place where this thing goes inside the airframe) - you'll get almost 15m, which would seem to check out. A big unit for sure, but then we are talking about an aircraft the size of a A340-300 - what do you expect :)

Also, if you look closely at the background you will recognize the chamber from those other pictures, and last but not least, the label actually reads "central beam".
 
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wow. They are really serious about building new Tu-160s. How many of them do they intend to build ?
 

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wow. They are really serious about building new Tu-160s. How many of them do they intend to build ?

As it is, 150% more of that they now have.
Which is what, 15-16 airframes?

 

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Newly produced NK-32-02:

(c)Rostec
With these suckers pushing, the new Tu-160 should now have the capability to stay supersonic dash much longer than before.

Ofc, it also mean they can run lower(or higher) temperature due to new designed fanblades with improved cooling, which in turn means better engine life.

It also has increased range, but how much that goes with the engines idk.
The much lighter airframe however does its magic. It has easily 1000km increased range.
 
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I guess this is Tu-160M2?

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Is there somewhere that lists the serial numbers of the Tu-160's that have been produced thus far?
I had a look around the internet for a few minutes, but couldn't find anything.
I'm trying to ascertain when an actual new-build Tu-160 eventually takes to the sky.
I do know it is complicated somewhat by the completion of previously unfinished airframes from the Soviet Union era, leading to a certain amount of confusion.
 

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Haven't checked whether they agree.

This is apparently the modernised Tu-160 number RF94444 conducting flight tests with modernised NK32 engines that were recently put into production.

Definitely the modified airframe, discernible by the blunt tail cone, yes.
 
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There are a couple of reports today stating that there are "rumours" that the first newly-built-from-scratch Tu-160 might make its maiden flight in mid December.
Obviously I have no idea of the veracity of this, but it will be interesting to see what happens.
 

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There are a couple of reports today stating that there are "rumours" that the first newly-built-from-scratch Tu-160 might make its maiden flight in mid December.
Obviously I have no idea of the veracity of this, but it will be interesting to see what happens.

It was 40 years ago in December 1981 that the original prototype of the Tu-160 first flew, so I can see why they are staging the first flight of the upgraded Tu-160M2s first flight in December. It would be great to see it happen on the exact date of the anniversary.
 

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