Tu-160M ​​with the latest NK-32-02 engine was included in the list of world achievements

The American magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology included the Russian modernized Tu-160M ​​bomber with a new NK-32 second series engine in the list of the most significant world achievements in the field of engine building in 2020. It should be noted that the White Swan with the latest power plant became the only representative of the domestic industry included in the list compiled by a foreign specialized publication.

Experts from Aviation Week & Space Technology note the increase in fuel efficiency of the Russian engine due to the installation of a new compressor and turbine blades, as well as an improved cooling system. In addition, the material also mentions the possibility of the new power plant to work in afterburner mode.

The upgraded Tu-160M ​​with the new NK-32-02 engine made its maiden flight on November 3 of this year. The developers claim that the improved characteristics of the unit will increase the aircraft's combat radius by 1000 km.

Recall that the upgraded version of the missile carrier, in addition to an improved power plant, received the latest navigation and control, a radar station, as well as an aiming system that allows you to fire missiles and nuclear warheads. The start of serial production and the beginning of deliveries of the Tu-160M ​​to the Russian Aerospace Forces are scheduled for next year.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 9 December 2020 15: 57
    Perhaps they know its real characteristics. We have common phrases in the media.
    1. greenchelman Offline greenchelman
      greenchelman (Grigory Tarasenko) 10 December 2020 01: 58
      In the 90s, the production technology of the NK-32 engine for the Tu-160 was ... a profane ... let's call it that. All the documentation, there were no computers then, was safely burned. But some of the documentation and developments were at the disposal of the guys who were engaged in the creation of a gas turbine locomotive, i.e. steam locomotive on LNG. From this, what they have left, in the depths of Russian Railways and the guys from Samara, over a decade and a half have created a "unique and unparalleled in the world" NK-32-02, but it is easy to guess that its characteristics are weaker than those of the Soviet one. If the characteristics were superior to the Soviet ones, then no one would hide them, and the main thing in this matter is thrust in kgf. The Soviet has 25000 kgf. exactly, but the Russian officials have repeatedly mentioned 23000 kgf.
      1. The entire documentation could not be burned, if only because it is usually copied many times.