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Is Russia Turning Its Strategic Bomber Into A Supersonic Passenger Jet?

Numerous media report suggests that Russia is planning to turn its long-range strategic bomber Tupolev-160 (NATO codename Blackjack) into a new supersonic passenger jet. Russia’s Concorde!

The Tupolev Tu-160 is a Mach 2+ heavy bomber with a range of about 12,300 km. It is designed to strike targets by launching long-range nuclear and conventional weapon tipped Kh-55 cruise missile.

About sixteen are currently in service – 11 regular Tu-160s and five upgraded Tu-160s.

Supersonic aircrafts are designed to transport passengers at speeds greater than the speed of sound by using a less amount of fuel, thus saving fuel costs.

The Tupolev Tu-144 (NATO codename Charger), nicknamed Concordski, became a laughing stock in the Soviet era, and never rivaled the British-French turbojet-powered “Concorde” which had a successful lifespan of almost a quart of a century. It operated for about a year and was ruled economically unfeasible and potentially unsafe.

and its competitors:

Aerion AS2
Designed by: Aerion Corporation in collaboration with Lockheed Martin
Capacity: 8–12 passengers
Cruise speed: Mach 1.4
Range: 10,000 km

Spike S-512
Designed by: Spike Aerospace
Capacity: 18 passengers
Cruise speed: Mach 1.8
Range: 11,482 km

XB-1 Baby Boom
Designed by: Boom Technology
Capacity: 55-passenger
Cruise speed: Mach 2.2
Range: 8,300 km

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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