MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the production areas of the Kazan Aviation Factory n.a. S.P.Gorbunov, a branch of Tupolev PJSC, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The visit made it clear that the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation did not exclude the possibility of increasing the number of the Tu-160 bombers to enter service with the Russian army.
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“Early last year we signed a contract for 10 bombers of this model and class. Separately, 10 bombers will be upgraded. Perhaps we will increase their number, considering the fact that the Tu-160 is actually becoming a completely new aircraft needed for the capabilities of the Ministry of Defence, i.e. the Ministry of Defence does not exclude an increase in the number of the ordered Tu-160 in the future, “ the Russian President said, asked by journalists.
Tu-160 is a multi-mode supersonic strategic bomber with variable geometry wings. Pilots often call it the White Swan. It is one of the world’s most powerful combat aircrafts and the largest supersonic aircraft in the history of military aviation.
During his visit to the Gorbunov factory, Putin became acquainted with the work of the laser workshop, where high-point production took place. Also, the entire production cycle was shown to the President and he became conversant with the production innovations in the company.
At the same time, the company’s management has announced that the cut production and the slow production cycle are due to the fact that in the 1990s a number of technologies have been lost which can no longer be improved or rebuilt.
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Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva