Tupolev Tu-330

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.

Tupolev Tu-330
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Tu-330 model
Role Transport aircraft
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Tupolev
Number built None
Developed from Tupolev Tu-204

DesignEdit

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.

VariantsEdit

In addition to Tu-330, the following variants were proposed:[1]

Tu-330
Basic civilian cargo variant.
Tu-330PS
Search and rescue variant.
Tu-330P
Firefighting variant.
Tu-330RL
A variant designed for long-range reconnaissance flights.
Tu-330R
Communication relay aircraft.
Tu-330VT
Strategic/Tactical airlifter.
Tu-330SE
Sanitary and evacuation aircraft.
Tu-330TZ
Aerial refueling tanker.
Tu-330K (Tu-338)
A proposed liquid natural gas-fuelled variant with a Samara NK-94 engine.

SpecificationsEdit

Data from [2]Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2008–2009

General characteristics

  • 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

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 850 km/h ( mph)
  • Range: 3000 km (1865 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 11000 m (36100 ft)

Armament

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Туполев Ту-330". avia.pro. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  2. ^ Jackson 2008, p. 521

BibliographyEdit

  • Paul Jackson, ed. (2008). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2008–2009. Coulsdon, Surrey, England: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2837-4.

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