In the mid-eighties, a sort of cursory glance at the "competitors" was quite natural, because the technical characteristics of domestic military aircraft, as opposed to overseas, were a mystery. Only after the show, "stoshestidesyatki" US Defense Minister F.Karluchchi information leaked to the press that the "double V-1" a third heavier than the opponent, and almost 10 meters longer than it ... As for the power of the power plant, then there was not an American in comparison: it "engines" were thrust in afterburner total 13.700 kg, which, coupled with unregulated air intakes B-1B has resulted in limiting the maximum speed of funny 1470 km / h. Note that the Tupolev Tu-160 in a test flight reached a maximum speed of 2,200 km / h, with a payload of 30 tons has been able to pass on the closed the 1000 kilometer route at an average speed of 1731 km / h. Officially declared maximum flight range without refueling amounted to 14,000 km - enough to fly to the "North American military-geographical area" and back. It should be emphasized that it is ND Kuznetsov engines provided the car is so outstanding flight characteristics.
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