Tupolev Tu-344


Tu-344 - Project passenger supersonic aircraft, designed to carry passengers 12. The project is planned to implement on the basis of an administrative passenger version TU-22 M3.


Development of the project Tu-344 performed in Tupolev during the second half of 2-90-ies.


History of u-344


In the early 90-ies. the world has sharply increased interest and demand for business aircraft, able to perform the transportation of VIP-persons in a very short period of time. As for the development of a supersonic business aircraft from the ground up to be paid a lot of money in the Tupolev bureau decided to build a device of this class on the basis of Tu-22M3. But already at the stage of development the project was doomed to failure. The fact that the aircraft was intended for international air travel, and even then did not comply with the environmental international standards.


In the late 90s. in the Tupolev Bureau under the leadership of A.L. Pukhov, the chief designer of the design bureau, a proposal was prepared to redesign the long-range Tu-22M3 missile-carrying bomber into an administrative class passenger aircraft. The new aircraft is expected to accommodate up to 12 passengers.


It's a pity of course that this type of aircraft was not created. Although a lot of development of our designers did not see any further development. I believe that this aircraft could be used for the air forces of our country, it just needed a bit of ego to refine. Especially because it was abandoned only through a lot of pollution during the flight. As always, a huge amount of money was thrown out, but until the end it was not finished. Going it would be possible to finance and refine the engine and exhaust system. Positive from this story is only that the accumulated material for the project Tu-344 was used by designers in further models of aircraft of this class.

I remember the film "Peculiarities of the National Hunt":
You will not want to live like that.
Who did this class of passenger airplane count for?