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Russia to equip Tu-160 bombers with new turbojet engines from 2016

July 25, 2014, 9:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Tu-160 is a supersonic strategic swing-wing bomber designed by the Tupolev Bureau in the 1970s-1980s
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Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic bomber at the Engels Air Force Base

Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic bomber at the Engels Air Force Base

© ITAR-TASS/ Dmitry Rogulin

MOSCOW, July 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will start equipping its Tupolev Tu-160 bombers (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) with upgraded NK-32 turbojet engines from 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Thursday.

The engines will be made by the Samara-based enterprise Kuznetsov, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). Their production was stopped in 1993.

UAC Director-General Vladislav Masalov said more than 8 billion rubles ($228 million) would be needed for the project. “This funding is provided in accordance with the federal program for the defense industry development in 2011-2020,” he said.

A preproduction batch of NK-32 engines will be made in 2016.

The Tu-160 is a supersonic strategic swing-wing bomber designed by the Tupolev Bureau in the 1970s-1980s. It was adopted by the army in 1987.

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