The Tupolev Tu-330 was a proposed Russian medium-size transport aircraft developed by Tupolev since the early 1990s. The project was stopped around 2000s due to lack of funding and difficult economic situation of the Russian aircraft industry at the time.
|Developed from||Tupolev Tu-204|
The Tu-330 was to have a swept high-mounted wing design with two high-bypass ratio PS-90A engines mounted below the wings. An optional powerplant system has also been proposed, using NK-93 engines that can operate on LNG (liquefied natural gas) fuel. The aircraft was also designed for commonality with the Tu-204/Tu-214 civilian airliner series, in order to simplify production and minimize costs of manufacturing, maintenance and parts.
In addition to Tu-330, the following variants were proposed:
- Basic civilian cargo variant.
- Search and rescue variant.
- Firefighting variant.
- A variant designed for long-range reconnaissance flights.
- Communication relay aircraft.
- Strategic/Tactical airlifter.
- Sanitary and evacuation aircraft.
- Aerial refueling tanker.
- Tu-330K (Tu-338)
- A proposed liquid natural gas-fuelled variant with a Samara NK-94 engine.
Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2008–2009
- Crew: two
- Length: 42.00 m (137 ft 9½ in)
- Wingspan: 43.50 m (142 ft 8½ in)
- Height: 14.00 m (45 ft 1¼ in)
- Wing area: 195.5 m2 (2104 ft2)
- Gross weight: 103500 kg (228175 lb)
- Useful lift: 35,000 kg ( lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Aviadvigatel PS-90A turbofans, 171 kN (38,400 lbf) thrust each
- Cruising speed: 850 km/h ( mph)
- Range: 3000 km (1865 miles)
- Service ceiling: 11000 m (36100 ft)
- "Туполев Ту-330". avia.pro. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
- Jackson 2008, p. 521
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