The next batch of NK-32 engines of the second stage for the modernized Tu-160M missile carriers will be handed over to the customer within a month. This was stated by the Deputy General Director – managing director “UEC-Kuznetsov” Alexey Sobolev.
According to Sobolev, at present, the NK-32-02 engines have already been manufactured, they are being tested. The batch is scheduled to be handed over in early January 2021 of the year. Engine production is organized as follows, to supply them to the customer in the required quantity, based on needs.
The following engines are currently being tested, preparing for handover to the customer. At the turn of December – January we will transfer the next batch of engines
– he added.
Recall, that the first batch of six NK-32-02 engines for the Tu-160m was delivered in August 2020 of the year, the next one was shipped in October. Production is carried out under the contract 2018 city, providing for the supply 22 items for retrofitting five bombers and leave two items in stock. apparently, in the future a new contract will be signed, as refurbishment is planned 15 combatant Tu-160 and the construction of new.
Production of turbojet engines NK-32, installed on Tu-160 “White Swan”, was discontinued after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it was decided to resume their production, but already in a modernized version (NK-32-02). New engine on 10% more economical than the old, which on average gives an increase in the flight range of the modernized Tu-160 by a thousand kilometers.