In November last year, the media spread information about the possible plans for Tupolev to create a supersonic business jet with a capacity of 25 people. According to their data, rich foreigners, primarily Arab sheikhs, have repeatedly appealed to Russian aircraft designers to build a personal supersonic aircraft based on the Tu-160 and Tu-22М3 bombers. But the company refused to develop such an aircraft, since the technologies for creating such machines are secret.
At the same time, Tupolevs are ready to create a supersonic business jet, but on the basis of a completely new project. Moreover, the aircraft must operate on liquid hydrogen.
Vladimir Putin went even further and announced the need for a civilian version of the Tu-160.