Moscow. February 16. INTERFAX - The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has filed a claim with the Moscow Arbitration Court to recover 5.5 billion rubles from PJSC Tupolev for violating the deadline for the execution of work under the state contract dated December 26, 2016, according to the report of Tupolev for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The lawsuit went to court on December 10, 2020, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 4. The case will most likely be heard behind closed doors.
Details on the website of the Moscow Arbitration Court have not been published.
According to the document, the developer is charged with violation of the deadlines for the implementation of the component part of the experimental design work (ROC) under the code "70M 506". Probably, here we are talking about pairing a new missile (ed. 506) and a deeply modernized strategic missile carrier-bomber Tu-160M (ed. 70M).
As Interfax reported, in May 2015, the President of the Russian Federation made a decision to resume production of the Tu-160 "White Swan" strategic missile-carrying bombers, which are the air component of the nuclear triad.
Aircraft in a new look - Tu-160M - after a 10-year break will be built again at the Kazan aircraft plant (a branch of Tupolev, part of the UAC). The contract for the supply of the first batch of 10 vehicles worth 150 billion rubles was signed on January 25, 2018. In addition, it is planned that all 16 "strategists" in service with the Russian Defense Ministry will undergo deep modernization in the form of the Tu-160M.
A new missile is being developed for the new Tu-160M, as well as the deeply modernized Tu-95MSM and the promising long-range aviation complex (PAK DA). According to the information on the public procurement website, it is being created as part of the ROC under the code "product 506". At present, the strategic missile carriers Tu-160 and Tu-95MS are routinely equipped with modern cruise missiles Kh-101 (product 504) and Kh-102 (variant of a missile with a thermonuclear warhead).
In 2017, it became known about the ongoing development of an ultra-long-range missile for the Tu-160, Tu-95MS and PAK DA - the head of the State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS) Yevgeny Fedosov said that the deeply modernized Tu-160M would be armed with an Kh-BD cruise missile (long range). According to him, the range of this missile is classified, but it will significantly surpass its predecessor, the Kh-101 (according to the RF Ministry of Defense, up to 4.5 thousand km).
In March 2018, Yuri Borisov, being the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, told reporters that the missiles developed for the modernized "strategists" Tu-160 will surpass all existing models in range: "We are developing new aircraft weapons, and we cannot compare the Tu-160 aircraft with missiles Kh-55, Kh-550, even Kh-101 and the aircraft, which we hope to receive in series by the 2030s with new aircraft weapons that will have completely different ranges. "
Tu-160 is a supersonic strategic missile-carrier-bomber with variable sweep of the wing, developed at the Tupolev Design Bureau in the 1970s-1980s. It is designed to destroy the most important targets deep behind enemy lines with nuclear and conventional weapons. Able to carry 12 cruise missiles on board, all weapons are located inside the fuselage. In Russia, the Tu-160 for its grace is called the "White Swan", according to NATO codification - Blackjack (Blackjack).