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Prospective strategic bomber will be tested at the Tupolev’s base in Zhukovsky

A prospective long-range aviation complex (PAK DA), which is being developed in the interest of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), will undergo trials at the Tupolev flight test and development site in Zhukovsky, the company’s press service said.

Prospective strategic bomber will be tested at the Tupolevs base in Zhukovsky Tupolev Tu-160 at the 2013 Moscow Victory Day Parade (Picture source: Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

"There are big plans for testing modernized Tu-22M3M; Tu-160 and Tu-95MS bombers at our test and development facility (in Zhukovsky). A great deal of work is lying ahead to test a prospective long-range aviation system," the Tupolev’s press service said quoting its Director-General Alexander Konyukhov.

Konyukhov told a meeting of the Tupolev’s veterans and employees held on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of foundation of the Tupolev Design Bureau’s subsidiary in Zhukovsky that the Tupolev and other leading sectoral research institutes and enterprises would carry out intensive work at the Zhukovsky facility to develop and test a new medium tactical transport as well as a new-generation supersonic passenger aircraft.

"There are plans to create and launch the first line aircraft service station for Tu-204s and Tu-214s at the Tupolev’s test and development site in Zhukovsky," Konyukhov went on to say.

The Zhukovsky subsidiary of the Tupolev Design Bureau was founded on the initiative of A.N. Tupolev in 1949. Almost all aircraft of the Tupolev Design Bureau have undergone flight tests at the Zhukovsky base.

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