On the 22-nd of October, 2002 all world aviation community will celebrate the glorious eightieth anniversary of the oldest Russian and world’s aircraft Design Bureau which was founded and headed for a long time by Andrey N.Tupolev – a prominent aircraft designer of the XX-th century.
For 80 years the Design Bureau designed and developed more than 300 projects of air vehicles of different types, small aircraft and airsledges. Almost 90 projects were embodied in metal and about 40 projects were realized in serial production. More than 18 thousands aircraft with “TU” logo were lifted in to the skies of our country in the XX-th century. Hundreds of “TU” aircraft were exported and showed excellent operational characteristics. To-day a substantial portion of aircraft passengers in Russia and in CIS are transported by Tupolev’s aircraft. In Russian Air Force aviation component of nuclear defense triad is defined by Tupolev’s long-range and intercontinental carriers.
At the turn of the century the Design Bureau was incorporated in to a new structure – “TUPOLEV” PSC comprising besides the Design Bureau test facility and serial aircraft manufacturing plant “AVIASTAR” in Ulianovsk. Integration with Kazan Aviation Manufacturing Corporation is currently under process. Now the main trends of “TUPOLEV” PSC activity are as follows:
- further development of TU-204/214 and TU-334 aircraft family Program
- development of middle-class cargo aircraft TU-330, regional and executive TU-324 aircraft;
- efforts on practical putting in to operation of aircraft operating alternative fuel.
To-day issues on long-range aviation and Navy modernization are under consideration.