- Jan 5, 2006
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Thread to discuss Tupolev Tu-160 based projects.
SOC said:A lot of those Tu-160 variants, including the Voron carrier and the ALBM launcher, were first conceived as variants of the original Tu-160 design. That'd be the one that looked like a Tu-144D.
frank said:Is there any other info on the Tu-160 design that looked like the -144D?
SOC said:frank said:Is there any other info on the Tu-160 design that looked like the -144D?
Check out Yefim Gordon's Red Star series book on the Tu-160, there is a good bit of info in there. Soviet Secret Projects: Bombers has some info as well, but not quite as much or in as great detail (such as it is, of course). This was Tupolev's Tu-160 design, prior to being handed Myasischev's M-18 variable-geometry design for reworking and serial production. If I remember right, part of the reason that Tupolev's initial Tu-160 design was discarded was because the RusAF felt like it was simply getting a warmed-over airliner. This was not the case of course, if you look at the design it is markedly different save perhaps in general arrangement from the Tu-144D.
SOC said:2 of them in stock at Amazon:
is this perhaps the 'real' reason the design was changed from a single to twin engine nacelles, rather than aerodynamic reasons?
a large cruise missile could be carried between them, or a weapons bay placed inside the fuselage here?
frank said:there's regular reference to a cruise missile carrier version of the Tu-144, usually associated with the AS(X)-19.
Well, it turns out that this is not even Tu-160 mod, but hydrogen Tu-244V SST. To my sorrow, I can't post 3 view, but mystery must be solved and mistake fixed. And yes, it has no VG wings.PaulMM (Overscan) said:Tu-160V, liquid hydrogen fueled version, for Meteorit.
PaulMM (Overscan) said:Moved to Tu-160 topic.
Pictures are from Vladimir Rigmant's Tu-160 book by Polygon Press. This is a really awesome book made with close cooperation with Tupolev, marred only (for non-Russian speakers) by being written in Russian. It pays particular attention to the early projects and configuration development of the Tu-160, which makes it especially interesting for this forum, and large numbers of original Tupolev OKB drawings and illustrations are presented.