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    Re: Tu-160 and Tu-95MS ( Blackjack and Bears )

    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:05 pm

    GarryB wrote:Over time lasers are becoming more powerful and more capable and cheaper, but of course it will be a while before they are actually anything close to being called cheap.


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    Re: Tu-160 and Tu-95MS ( Blackjack and Bears )

    Post  Peŕrier on Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:09 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:Wasn't Tu-22M supposed to fill that position as ASAT? It meets I think all the parameters.

    Mig-25D, and the F-15 / ASM-135 combo on the US side, were expected to climb almost vertically before launching their interceptors.

    Maybe todays rocket propulsion technology could make a shallow climb launch feasible, otherwise no bombers could ever deploy those kind of interceptors, just because it lacks the ability to climb very steeply at high altitudes.

    Anyway, I would be very skeptical of any bomber deployed for such kind of missions.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:56 am

    Mig-25D, and the F-15 / ASM-135 combo on the US side, were expected to climb almost vertically before launching their interceptors.

    They certainly zoom climbed, but nothing like a vertical climb... that would be engine power only climbs... a steep but non vertical climb would allow greater height and speed... a vertical climb would mean at their highest point they had stopped moving and were about to start falling, whereas a parabolic climb means they retain relatively high speed and also gain extra altitude over what they could manage in level flight.


    Maybe todays rocket propulsion technology could make a shallow climb launch feasible, otherwise no bombers could ever deploy those kind of interceptors, just because it lacks the ability to climb very steeply at high altitudes.

    The purpose of launching from an aircraft is to avoid the thickest lowest part of the atmosphere and to give it a boost in speed by having it already climbing when it is launched instead of a launch pad launch where it is stationary and has to overcome its own momentum and then travel through the thickest part of the atmosphere.

    I have seen launch proposals where an An-124 or An-225 fly at 10,000m at obviously subsonic speed and roll a large rocket out the back on a parachute with a metal structure around it to prevent it snapping in half under its own weight... the structure falls away and the main rocket fires and it therefore starts out going backwards but its rocket overcomes gravity and carries it off up into space... not exactly ideal but you could launch it at the equator and get a boost from the earth rotation to reach higher orbits...

    Anyway, I would be very skeptical of any bomber deployed for such kind of missions.

    I have never seen this Tu-22M launch aircraft but the B-52 is used for the X-15 rocket plane, and there were proposals for the Tu-95 to do something similar in the 1990s with hypersonic test aircraft. The Tu-160 was suggested as a space launcher but their were simply not enough of them for the bomber role let alone any other role.
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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:51 am

    Could it be possible for the Tu-160 and the Tu-22M3 to launch to the kinzhal?
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:55 am

    I would not say possible... I would say likely.

    Plus other weapons like the Kh-32.

    The only new missile they probably wont carry is that nuclear powered cruise missile... because they can be kept under max security and launched from within Russia when needed...

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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:13 am

    Russia to renew Tu-160 strategic bomber fleet by 2030

    The new Tu-160 will be less visible than its predecessor

    SAMARA, March 21. /TASS/. The entire fleet of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers with new weapons is expected to be renewed by 2030, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday.

    "We are going to purchase the entire fleet of our strategic Tu-160 bombers in their new version and carry out heavy upgrade of operational aircraft where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. That is why, we will get the renewed fleet of strategic aircraft somewhere by 2030," Borisov said during his visit to the Samara-based Kuznetsov Enterprise, which produces engines for long-range aviation.

    According to the deputy defense minister, the new Tu-160 will be less visible than its predecessor "due to special coatings."

    "Alongside, we are developing new airborne weapons, and you can’t compare the Tu-160 plane with the Kh-55, Kh-550 and even Kh-101 missiles and the plane, which we hope to get serial-produced by the 2030s with new airborne weapons that will have quite different ranges," Borisov said.

    The Tu-160 is the biggest plane with a variable-sweep wing and one of the most powerful combat aircraft in the world. In 2015, a decision was announced to restart the production of the strategic bomber at the Kazan Aviation Enterprise. On November 16, 2017, the new plane was delivered from the final assembly workshop to the flight testing station. Thanks to its upgrade, the efficiency of the Tu-160 bomber is expected to increase by 60%


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    Russia to increase flight range of upgraded Tu-160 bomber


    The efficiency of the Tu-160 bomber is thus expected to increase by 60%

    SAMARA, March 21. /TASS/. The efficiency of the new engine for the upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 missile-carrying bomber will be increased by about 10%, which will allow the aircraft to fly a thousand kilometers farther, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday.

    As part of a check of state defense plan fulfillment, Borisov visited the Samara-based Kuznetsov Company, which is a leading Russian enterprise for developing, producing, providing maintenance for and repairing gas turbine aviation and liquid-propellant rocket engines, and also gas turbine installations for use in the gas sector and power engineering.

    The enterprise repairs engines for long-range aircraft - the Tu-160 (NK-32), the Tu-95 (NK-25) and the Tu-22M3 (NK-12) and is creating a new version of the NK-32 engine for the upgraded Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bomber.

    "In its upgraded version, it [the engine] will be 10% more efficient, which will make it possible to increase the flight range of the strategic bomber by about 1,000 km," Borisov said during his visit to the Kuznetsov Enterprise.

    As the defense official noted, in 2014 the Samara-based Kuznetsov Enterprise was set the task to reproduce the engine and improve its characteristics.

    "We are holding jointly with the Industry and Trade Ministry a regular meeting of the inter-departmental commission, which oversees the pace of work on the upgrade of the Tu-160. The work is proceeding, by and large, according to schedule so far. As for the engine, this is the basic unit, which will determine the performance characteristics of the new plane," the deputy defense minister said.

    The Tu-160 is the biggest plane with a variable-sweep wing and one of the most powerful combat aircraft in the world. In 2015, a decision was announced to restart the production of the strategic bomber at the Kazan Aviation Enterprise. On November 16, 2017, the new plane was delivered from the final assembly workshop to the flight testing station. Thanks to its upgrade, the efficiency of the Tu-160 bomber is expected to increase by 60%

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    Re: Tu-160 and Tu-95MS ( Blackjack and Bears )

    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:07 pm

    Tupolev presented "unified information environment for design, production & after-sales service" for T-160.Apparently 1st such system created in domestic aircraft industry.

    https://uacrussia.livejournal.com/76085.html
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    Post  dino00 on Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:11 pm

    How many kh-101/102 missiles can tu 160 m2 launch?
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    Post  Hole on Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:26 pm

    12. 6 per rotary launcher in 2 bomb bays.
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    Post  LMFS on Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:23 pm

    Work on the first Tu-160M2 has started:

    https://vz.ru/news/2018/4/19/918556.html

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    Post  PapaDragon on Wed May 02, 2018 3:42 pm


    Red paintjob just in case someone doesn't get the hint Cool

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Thu May 03, 2018 1:26 am

    and today dear lads Popular Mechanics about !u-164 Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

    Meet: Tu-164!
    While the press and online communities talk about the prospects of a civil airliner based on the Tu-160 , "PM" was able to learn of the existence of the flight instance of a business jet , built on the basis of the largest bomber in the world. Yet they understand that no high-level statements are made from scratch .

    at the end of article you find:


    Laser against screening
    One of the main reasons for the fiasco that overcame the first generation of supersonic civil aviation was the unsolved problem of noise. An airplane on a supersonic similar to an explosion forms a shock wave ahead of itself, which, reaching the ground, hits the ears and makes the glass rattling. At one time, the US never allowed the Concorde to fly overland, and the operators had to confine themselves to transoceanic flights. How will the fate of Tu-164 develop in this sense? After all, the ecological requirements for military and civil aircraft have always been seriously different? "We practically succeeded in solving the problem of cardinal noise reduction," says Ivan Zateev. - We relied on the work of Russian scientists who showed during the experiments that the optical breakdown of air in front of the aircraft (with the help of frequent powerful laser pulses) leads to the formation of high-temperature plasmoids, the thermal trace of which sharply reduces the power of the shock wave. Now there is no rumbling and no rattling! Complained of environmentalists, they say, with your lasers you will incinerate us all birds. But we reassured them: lasers will only work at the cruising level - it's about 15 000 m, and the birds do not fly there. However, if the pilot sees a flock of birds before landing, he has the opportunity to briefly turn on the lasers. Still, the safety of passengers is more important ... "

    There is another interesting fact about the new aircraft, which the "PM" on condition of anonymity was told by a source close to the military. It is assumed that those Tu-164s that will serve Russian state structures or strategic companies will be designed in such a way that in case of aggravation of the current complex geopolitical situation, they could be converted into combat aircraft in a matter of hours. The place of expensive leather armchairs and tables made of valuable wood will again be occupied by bombs and missiles.




    Was it first April prank or not this is the question?


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    Re: Tu-160 and Tu-95MS ( Blackjack and Bears )

    Post  George1 on Mon May 07, 2018 3:27 am

    A new scheme for painting the strategic bombers Tu-160

    According to unofficial reports and photos of spotters, the Long-range Aviation of the Russian Air Force began to introduce a new scheme for painting its Tu-160 strategic bombers. A yellow-blue stylized "feathered" image in the colors of the USSR Air Force flag is painted in the nose of the aircraft, and the individual proper name of each aircraft is written in a simplified type (not Slavic) and smaller. The color of the keel was removed in the colors of the Russian flag (on the planes where it was), and the inscription on the keel of the "Air Force of Russia" was replaced by "VKS RUSSIA".



    The strategic bomber Tu-160 (the name "Vasily Reshetnikov", the onboard number "02 red", registration number RF-94102, serial number 07-02) of the Russian aerospace industry in the new color scheme. Shaykovka, May 6, 2018 (with) Alexey Karpulyov / russianplanes.net (link)



    Repainting of Tu-160 in the new painting scheme is carried out in the paint shop of the Kazan Aviation Plant (branch of PJSC "Tupolev"). At present, at least four Tu-160 airplanes have been reliably used in the air of the Victory Parade in Moscow, including the Vasily Reshetnikov board (02 red, serial number 07-02), the " Nikolay Kuznetsov (board number 10 red, serial number 06-01), Valery Chkalov (board number 17 red, serial number 05-04), but all 16 Tu-160 bombers of the VKS will receive a new coloring.

    According to some statements, the former "yellow-blue" color of the nose of the Tu-160 is now recognized as bearing unwanted connotations, which was the main reason for the introduction of the new "liveries." Nevertheless, the general departure from the lurid parrot coloration of the Tu-160 to more strict is welcome.





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    Post  LMFS on Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:25 pm

    The first deliveries of HK-32-02 engines for the Tu-160M2 rocket carrier are expected until the end of the year
    @AviaRu | 679 is published 6/3/2018 |

    The United Engine Corporation will deliver to the Ministry of Defence the first batch of new NK-32 engines of the second series this year, Interfax-AVN with reference to the source in UEC reports. Thus, the prototype of the strategic Tu-160 rocket carrier of new generation can appear already in the nearest future.

    According to the representative of UEC, now at machine-building enterprise of "Smiths" bench tests of prototypes of HK-32-02 are carried out. These tests besides development of the engine for the strategic Tu-160M2 bomber are necessary also for definition of readiness of the company for start of mass production. The plant's management plans to increase gradually capacities that by 2020th year the new engine became the basic in the production nomenclature of Kuznetsov.

    The interlocutor of the agency has also noted that the modernized gas generator of NK-32 will serve as the basic unit for development of the whole family of new power plants. It, most likely, is connected with the project of a supersonic passenger airliner which will be created on the basis of Tu-160.

    Construction of the first rocket carrier from the Tu-160M2 series has already begun, it in April was declared by the CEO of Tupolev Alexander Konyukhov. Then the head of aviacomplex has noted that it is not about simple modernization, and about creation of absolutely new plane with "a fresh glider" and advanced engines which will be able to provide big flying range. Besides, on a new "White swan" the special covering which is designed to reduce radar visibility of the strategic rocket carrier will be used. And, naturally, on Tu-160M2 new onboard electronics will appear.

    According to the Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov, especially for Tu-160M2 new aviation weapons of destruction which will surpass such rockets as H-55, H-555 and H-101 in the power and range are developed.

    http://aviation21.ru/pervye-postavki-dvigatelej-nk-32-02-dlya-raketonosca-tu-160m2-ozhidayutsya-do-konca-goda/
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    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:57 pm

    Russian defense contractor to overhaul eight strategic bombers by end of 2018

    The missile-carrying planes are a crucial component of Russia’s nuclear triad


    MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. The Tupolev company will overhaul eight strategic bombers Tupolev-160 and Tupolev-95MS by the end of this year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.

    "By the end of this year eight such planes are to be overhauled. This will prolong their life cycle and enhance combat capabilities," Shoigu said in a distance conference.

    The missile-carrying planes are a crucial component of Russia’s nuclear triad and it is essential to carry out their top-notch upgrade on time, Shoigu said.

    Tupolev-160 is a strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles. In 2015 the decision was announced to resume the upgraded configuration of these bombers - Tupolev-160M2. The Defense Ministry said their serial production would begin in 2023. The Aerospace Force is to acquire no fewer than 50 such planes.

    The strategic bomber Tupolev-95MS is meant for attacking crucial targets in remote areas and deep inside continental theaters of military operations with nuclear missiles.


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