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 y-xnumx

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.


At the end of 90's in the Tupolev office under the direction of A.L. Pukhov, the chief designer of the design bureau, prepared a proposal to redesign the long-range missile-carrying bomber Tu-22М3 into an administrative-class passenger plane. The new aircraft is supposed 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 recall the film "Peculiarities of National Hunting":
You will not want to live like that.
Who did this class of passenger airplane count for?