Tu-160 die due to lack of spare parts

Tu-160 die due to lack of spare parts

October 31 2011: Russia's efforts to maintain its Tu-160 long-range bomber fleet failed because the Russian Air Force cannot order enough Tu-160 engines to support the manufacturer. The Air Force only needs about five NK-32 engines per year. Each Tu-160 is equipped with four 3,5-ton engines. Most of these engines were built 10-20 years ago and have been overhauled several times. After some time, these engines will not be repaired, and that is why some new ones will be needed. However, the manufacturer insists that the lowest economic annual output is twenty engines. Otherwise, the price for one engine if you order five per year will be more than the government is willing to pay. Negotiations continue.


Such news very upset Air Force generals. In part, this is because a year ago, two Tu-160 made a record 23-hour 18 000-kilometer flight around the perimeter of Russia. This required two refueling in flight from IL-78 tankers. This feat was not particularly new. Two years ago, the Tu-160 made an 21-hour flight. Although the aircraft was developed as a heavy bomber, in the past few years, the Tu-160 was largely used as a long-range reconnaissance aircraft. But even in this role, the Tu-160 can carry cruise missiles and other weapon air-to-ground The leadership of the Air Force believes that the Tu-160 is a valuable asset and should be left in operation. However, after the end of the Cold War, Russia's defense industry faced great difficulties in providing troops with spare parts. Many of the companies of the Cold War era were bankrupt, and the survivors often did not produce products of such quality as they did before.

Three years ago, Russia received its first since the beginning of the 1990's new heavy bomber Tu-160. Production was revived five years ago. The plans were to produce a new Tu-160 aircraft every 18 months, until the 14 units were built in total. But it seems that these plans were postponed in favor of upgrading equipment on existing aircraft. Currently 16 Tu-160 are in operation.

Production of the Tu-160 was discontinued in the 1994 year, some of which remained partially completed. Apparently, the first of the latest "new" aircraft is one of those that remained unfinished in the 1990 year. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many Russian military factories were closed. This happened in part because the Soviet Union was literally bankrupt. The defense budget was cut by more than two thirds, and the production of weapons suffered the most. There were only factories producing products for export. However, some of the closed plants were saved, and now many of them are being re-commissioned. But resurgent companies can not return talented designers, managers and skilled workers. All the best people work in more profitable commercial firms.

Tu-160 "Blackjack" is very similar to the American B-1, but was never able to reach its potential. Nevertheless, it is the most modern Russian heavy bomber. This 267-ton aircraft, which can carry up to 40 tons of bombs and missiles at a distance of 12 thousands of kilometers. The aircraft has an in-flight refueling system. It was first commissioned in the 1987 year and was intended primarily for the delivery of cruise missiles. Noting the successful use of the B-1 bomber smart bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Tu-160 were modified to be able to do the same, in addition to maintaining the ability to carry cruise missiles ..
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  1. Vadivak 2 November 2011 09: 56 New
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    They will make them engines, they’ll agree not to panic, and reserve ones will always be needed
    1. Krilion 2 November 2011 13: 37 New
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      based on the content of the article, the main problem is not in the engines themselves, but in the fact that Russia has practically lost the ability to build such aircraft ...

      Production was revived five years ago. The plans were to produce a new Tu-160 aircraft every 18 months until a total of 14 were built. But it seems these plans have been delayed in favor of upgrading equipment on existing aircraft.


      those. gathered to build and found that they were not able to do it .. it remained to patch those that remained. 16 bombers for the whole of Russia - this is for chickens to laugh ...
      1. mishok
        mishok 3 November 2011 12: 41 New
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        here you are right
        the main thing is not to panic
  2. itr
    itr 2 November 2011 10: 11 New
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    16 aircraft drop in the ocean
    1. Gurza 2 November 2011 13: 00 New
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      Well, I wouldn’t say what they carry on board ....... and they will fly to the states. Although certainly not enough, they are very beautiful these "swans"
    2. Vyalik 2 November 2011 13: 52 New
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      But a drop and a rock wears away
    3. Don
      Don 2 November 2011 16: 16 New
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      Why a drop. The Pindos have B-1B 68, and B-2 19. But certainly the number of Tu-160 must be brought to 30-40.
  3. Ion coaelung
    Ion coaelung 2 November 2011 11: 04 New
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    Yes, one such airplane can do wonders, and 16 is terrifying indeed!

    A white swan on a pond
    Shakes a fallen star
    On that pond where I will bring you!
    1. Vyalik 2 November 2011 13: 55 New
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      This song has other words.

      And the white swan on the pond
      Relieves little need ...

      In general, these planes are so beautiful that there are simply no words. And when they show their flight, they are breathtaking.
  4. Varnaga 2 November 2011 11: 05 New
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    What a loud headline! What a paltry content!
    Professor, purely for comparison, remind us, what about the amers with B1-B?
    As a matter of fact, the survival rate of TU-160 (and this 223, lol) in the preemptive strike of a probable enemy is extremely low, it’s not without reason that they are trying to reprofile the brainchild of the Cold War to counter the AUGs, but here too, the bummer is still doing the same tasks much more efficiently and what’s important is cheaper. Maintaining the TU-34 fleet is to a greater extent a matter of prestige of the country, to an even greater extent, the subject of bargaining for the next strategic offensive arms.
    1. Professor 2 November 2011 11: 58 New
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      The original title is: "Tu-160 Dying From Spares Shortage".

      You see, dear, there overseas besides the B-1 they have something else to strike with smart bombs over thousands of kilometers. And it’s not interesting to me what’s happening with the B-1.
      The fact that there are problems with engines on the Tu-160 is also a fact. About cope Su-34, IHMO only on paper. In Soviet times, the pilot who broke through to the aircraft carrier was promised to give the Star of the Hero and probably not casual.

      Regarding the prestige, I completely agree, but 40 tons at 12000 km should not be forgotten.
      1. Varnaga 2 November 2011 12: 39 New
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        hehe, but are you sure that B1-B is able to effectively carry out its combat missions, for which it was designed? In principle, the current state of Pindo rubbish is precisely due to the answer to this question. As for the "something" - you need to compare the same type of machine, right?
        Next, what does it mean on paper? The Su-34 is just sharpened for strikes against sea targets, hunting for submarines, patrolling sea areas, etc., unloading the TU-22M and saving their resource. Pindos, by the way, understand this very well themselves, and if something happens, the tomahawks will strike not from cruisers and aircraft carriers, but from the SSBN, for which, by the way, they will also be converted.
        1. Professor 2 November 2011 14: 14 New
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          Dear, I repeat: I am not interested in the state of the B-1.
          “On paper” means that there was no combat use, even the 8.8.8 Georgian Navy was literally destroyed by hand.
          The same type of car? Long-range bomber Tu-160 and long-range bomber B-2? Those 16, these 20 pieces? Why compare them?

          The article deals with problems with the Tu-160, no more no less.
          1. Varnaga 2 November 2011 14: 40 New
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            "On paper" means there was no combat use "
            But tell me, is it possible, guided by such logic, to judge the combat effectiveness of, say, the RS-24?
            And here B-2, in general, I mean, and repeatedly emphasized this, B1-B.
            1. Professor 2 November 2011 23: 10 New
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              "Judging the combat effectiveness" of what has never been used in battle is like judging what Claudia Slate is in bed according to external data.

              And here B-2

              And where does the B-1? Article about Tu-160!
        2. Jaguar
          Jaguar 2 November 2011 22: 47 New
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          unload the Tu-22M and save at the cost of many Su-34s lost during an attack on an aircraft carrier. The Su-34 has significantly lower speed, range and combat load than the Tu-22M, and the X-22 is more terrible than the Yakhont
      2. nnz226 2 November 2011 13: 35 New
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        ours broke through to the aircraft carrier on the Su-24, all of our mass media wrote about this, several years ago, flew over the deck, took pictures of their mouths in surprise from the surprise of the Americans. So, “praying” for US supertechnology and superprofession is a matter for those who believe in Hollywood (such as “Saving Private Ryan”, etc.) But the Tu-160 can slam this AOG from around the borders of the air defense zone, which is approximately 550 -650 km radius from the main target - the aircraft carrier.
        1. Professor 2 November 2011 14: 37 New
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          In Dalyar, a reconnaissance regiment stood in ZakVO. So in the 1970 they "broke through" to the aircraft carrier and brought excellent quality pictures, but this does not mean that they could have done this if it were real military operations.
        2. Jaguar
          Jaguar 2 November 2011 22: 38 New
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          No, the Tu-160 can’t slam into 550 -650 km, since it is not armed with such anti-ship missiles .. The Kh-22 was not born there, the Kh-15S has 150 km of range. Or are you going to Kh-55 to sink an aircraft carrier? So these missiles are not designed against moving targets
  5. Glenn witcher 2 November 2011 12: 20 New
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    And then B-1 was remembered. Well, yes, the appearance for the aircraft - the most important.
  6. svvaulsh
    svvaulsh 2 November 2011 15: 23 New
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    The phrase "... cannot return talented designers, managers and skilled workers ..." rumored. This is seen and understood abroad. And only our big-headed leaders say that everything is fine, and in some way there .... the eleventh year we will begin, get, do it ......
    1. prunx
      prunx 3 November 2011 13: 21 New
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      If you believe everything that they say abroad ... Naive poets.
    2. Anatoly
      Anatoly 3 November 2011 18: 55 New
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      Really "rezanula". Only in another subtext - the country is sorely lacking production workers. people working professions, engineers, etc.
      And every year it gets worse and worse ... But how many accountants, economists, managers we have! ..as like dogs uncut.
      Not specialists, but traders. What a rise in production ....
  7. serezhafedotow
    serezhafedotow 2 November 2011 19: 43 New
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    If the rearmament program is not hacked, then everything will be fine
  8. 443190
    443190 3 November 2011 12: 02 New
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    Under the current regime, they will surely ruin everything. And all Tu-160 are in one single place .... And just one warhead is enough to forget about their existence. Like it or not, but the time to prepare for departure is by no means less than the flight time of a rocket .... So now it’s more likely just a dove of peace than a kite of war ... What can we say about the great. A military repair plant is stupidly leading to bankruptcy. And consciously. And nobody cares. Then they will sell the territory for warehouses ... And then we will begin to buy equipment abroad ... By the way, in Voronezh, a similar plant was modernized by as much as 300000000 rubles. According to the papers, of course ... But in fact, they didn’t spend the lama ... They hired a guest worker team who painted the fence and workshops outside ... They drew up documents to Moscow. Management wrote off the money and hi ... And the plant from the dead donkey ears. And here you are arguing ....
    1. carver 3 November 2011 16: 37 New
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      in general, they should be on combat alert just in order not to stand in one place. Would be silent better!
      1. 443190
        443190 3 November 2011 21: 11 New
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        And you come to us and see how they are on duty .... Then you yourself will shut up ...
        1. Don
          Don 4 November 2011 13: 06 New
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          And you have 443190 radars around the world that you know how they are on duty. Or will you live in Engels?
          1. 443190
            443190 10 November 2011 22: 36 New
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            I live in Engels ... Yes, and I myself know not by hearsay what the Tu-160 is. I had to learn the mat part.
            1. Don
              Don 11 November 2011 11: 01 New
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              So you decide 443190. You have a profile that says you live in Saratov, and you write that you live in Engels. Tomorrow we will discuss the 20th Guards Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade (20th Guards Combat Brigade) (Volgograd), so will you move to Volgograd? wink
              1. 443190
                443190 13 November 2011 17: 31 New
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                Wise guy .... Do you even know what Engels is and what Saratov is? These are two banks of the same river. Teach geography. And with regards to Volgograd, so discuss that topic. She's for me.
    2. Don
      Don 4 November 2011 12: 48 New
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      Quote: 443190
      And all Tu-160 are in one single place .... And just one warhead is enough to forget about their existence.

      Your original thinking is 443190. So you know one warhead is enough to forget about the existence of New York.
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      By the way, in Voronezh, a similar plant was modernized by as much as 300000000 rubles. According to the papers, of course ... But in fact, they didn’t spend the lama ... They hired a guest worker team who painted the fence and workshops outside ... They drew up documents to Moscow. Management wrote off the money and hi ... And the plant from the dead donkey ears. And here you are arguing ....

      Although I have no doubt that this story you just wrote, but if it is true, then there is one question. And who are you sitting at the computer and tearfully telling this story. Raise the public. Contact local television, central infa will also be interested in this info .
      1. 443190
        443190 10 November 2011 22: 38 New
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        Do you yourself believe in what you offer ??? You will see on December 4 how the people's will is taken into account and how it is done.
  9. AlexTarov 3 November 2011 12: 56 New
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    I read the article and remembered that recently in our local press in Omsk there was information about the start of production of components for Tu-160 at the plant named after Baranova. I found the following information from 05.09.2011/XNUMX/XNUMX, literally:

    In Omsk begin production of units for the Tu-160 bomber

    Components for the Russian supersonic strategic bomber-bomber Tu-160 will be made at the Baranov plant. The relevant agreement has already been signed.
    Omsk motor-building association named after P.I. Baranova intends to participate in a project to revive the production of NK-32 engines for the supersonic strategic bomber-missile carrier Tu-160. A number of critical units and assemblies will be assembled at a Siberian enterprise.
    As reported in the regional Ministry of Industry, OMO them. P.I. Baranova signed a preliminary agreement with the parent company of the project of OJSC “Kuznetsov” - Samara Aircraft Engine Plant. The first NK-32 is planned to be assembled by 2013. By 2020, several dozen such engines will be produced.

    (link http://www.omskinform.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=44216)

    Although it is too early to talk about the results, nevertheless they are trying to solve the problem of producing engines for an airplane ...
  10. zczczc
    zczczc 3 November 2011 13: 37 New
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    It is interesting, but somewhere you can find a list of all the lines of weapons of the Union, which clearly shows their fate - what have they replaced, closed, or replaced by another class of weapons? And then they write everything in parts - here it is covered, here it has risen, but what in general?
  11. SIA
    SIA 3 November 2011 21: 16 New
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    Oh, we would have 50-60 cars, but new engines to them ...
    1. Kyrgyz 4 November 2011 20: 48 New
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      What for? the toy is not cheap, there are no real tasks for it now, and the prospects for the tasks are not clear, they are needed in view of the technology, well, and some amount is not very burdensome for scheduled duty and running in and improving the technology, you need loot for the C500, there is no fleet to replace the tank well, much more importantly
  12. Strashila 8 November 2011 19: 33 New
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    What follows ... that the cars are on the joke, and they should work like any mechanism i.e. to fly and it doesn’t matter what kind of role ... a scout or a bomber ... crews must keep in shape. There will be flights ... there will be a cycle of engines. For production there are 5 ... 20 engines, the control costs will remain the same, the investigator should cost to decline.
  13. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa 10 December 2011 15: 00 New
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    But what kind of a race is this? In Kazan, they are building three planes on stocks, if they have already taken it, then they will find the engines even more so, we are not fools to ruin our swami's pride.
  14. asavchenko59
    asavchenko59 18 February 2012 06: 10 New
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    Do not forget that in the face of a nuclear missile attack, the Tu-160 will take off and will be on alert for 16 hours in the sky above its territory, ready at any time to release the KR, while remaining unattainable for the first disarming strike. They cannot boast of poplars; I’m not talking about silo-based strategic nuclear forces.
  15. 443190
    443190 22 February 2012 20: 17 New
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    I wonder who will warn you about the threat of a blow?
  16. bairat 4 July 2012 20: 02 New
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    I personally know the person who hangs the production of these engines (Kazan engine building). the management of the plant trumped up, they say we’ll do it (if anything, the plant is now managed by a team of "effective managers" from KAMAZ). a friend, just in case, is looking for another job because the material and technical base is completely inconsistent with the commitments made.
  17. goga08
    goga08 24 December 2013 15: 08 New
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    http://vk.com/albums-61654007?z=photo-61654007_318099482%2Fphotos-61654007
    come to us in Poltava sit in the cabin.
    http://ua-traveller.com/
  18. Solovevan
    Solovevan 22 May 2014 04: 01 New
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    The plane is not "comic". And if we lose escort specialists, it means someone needs it!