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.
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-ies. in the Tupolev bureau under the leadership of AL Pukhov, chief designer of the KB has prepared a proposal to redesign long-range bomber, the Tu-missile 22M3 passenger plane in the administrative class. The new aircraft is supposed to be placed in the cabin to 12 passengers.
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