dino00 wrote:Putin spoke about the possible increase in the contract for the Tu-160
"We signed a contract for 10 cars at the beginning of last year. Another 10 will be upgraded by the Tu-160. And, maybe, we will even increase the number ... taking into account the fact that the Tu-160 is becoming a completely new car, with huge, necessary for Ministry of Defense capabilities, the Ministry of Defense does not preclude an increase in the contract for the future, "- said Putin, talking to the workers of the plant - a branch of PJSC" Tupolev. "
so we talk about new built Tu-160s since there exist no more than 14-16
Is said that there will be at first 10 new machines and 10 modernized. Maybe they are going to retire the oldest ones and modernize/renew the newest ones, with new avioncs and engines.
No. None of the old ones are close to retirement.
Well the soviet Tu-160 are not close to retirement in 2019, but in 2035 will have more of 45 years.
The question is clear, the Tu-160M2 will go to Engels with the soviet Tu-160, and to Ukrainka
Now, in total, there are one regiment of Tu-160 and tree of Tu-95.
You need to put the dates in perspective.
The production of Tu-160 will be small, so to build 50 to 55 pieces it will be necesary 15 years, so you are in 2035.
The Tu-95MSM is a stopgap for the half of fleet of Tu-95 can remain n service until 2035 or so.
Then, about 2035, the soviet Tu-160 will have 45 or more years, so the next is build other 16 or 18 for replace the soviet models.
It is so simply, at the end the 4 long range bombers regiments will have a standard model: Tu-160M2 , that is that should have happened in the 90´s if the USSR had remained