|Role||Hypersonic strategic bomber|
|Primary user||Soviet Air Force/Russian Air Force|
The Tupolev Tu-2000 was a planned long-range heavy bomber designed by the Tupolev design bureau. Originally designed for the Soviet Union, development later continued for use by the Russian Air Force until it was eventually cancelled.
On 19 August 2009, Tupolev announced that it had a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry to develop a new-generation strategic bomber which "will be a conceptually new plane based on the most advanced technologies".
Design and development
Development of the Tu-2000 was initiated in 1986 as a Soviet response to the U.S. Rockwell X-30 project. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia took over the project and pursued it until 1992, when it was suspended due to lack of funds.
- Crew: two
- Capacity: 8,000 kilograms (18,000 lb) payload
- Length: 72 m (236 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 30 m (98 ft 5 in)
- Diameter: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
- Gross weight: 192,000 kg (423,288 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 350,000 kg (771,618 lb)
- Powerplant: 4 × Liquid hydrogen (LH2) with liquid oxygen (LOX – as oxidizer) Turbo jet/scramjet
- Maximum speed: Mach 8
- Tupolev aircraft maker to develop Russia's new strategic bomber
- " Tu-2000 ", astronautix.com, Retrieved 24 April 2010
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