"UEC-Kuznetsov" is increasing production volumes of modernized engines NK-32-02 for Tu-160M
The Samara enterprise "UEC-Kuznetsov" is increasing the production volumes of the upgraded NK-32 engines of the second series for the Tu-160M strategic missile carriers. According to the press service of the United Engine Corporation (UEC), the enterprise's capabilities will make it possible to remotorize the entire existing fleet of White Swans.
Test benches were reportedly upgraded at the enterprise aviation engines, putting into operation a new fuel supply system, which increased the throughput of the stands. Currently, UEC-Kuznetsov is working on concluding contracts for the modernization of engines.
It is noted that in the first year, more than ten modernized NK-32-02 engines were delivered, and 22 more NK-32 engines are currently being built and are being upgraded.
The NK-32 engine is a two-circuit three-shaft turbojet engine with a common afterburner, produced in the Soviet Union for installation on the Tu-160 "White Swan", but after the collapse of the USSR, production was discontinued. Later, in connection with plans to modernize Russian strategic missile carriers, it was decided to resume their production, but in a modernized version (NK-32-02). The new engine is 10% more economical than the old one, which, on average, gives an increase in the flight range of the modernized Tu-160 by a thousand kilometers.
The first batch of upgraded NK-32-02 engines for Tu-160M in the amount of six units was transferred in August 2020. Later, the Ministry of Defense announced the need to accelerate work on the production of NK-32-02.
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