posted on Mar, 1 2005 @ 11:49 AM
The Beriev was very closely based on the Dornier Do 31 VTOL transport which actually flew in the late 60's, unlike the Beriev though the Dornier
actually had a pair of Harrier style R-R Pegasus engines under its wings plus lift jets whereas Beriev were planning to use conventional turbfans
under the wings and rely solely on lift jets for VTOL.
The Tu 135 was indeed quite a lot like the XB-70. Neither of these projects were actually followed up, hence the model shots, but its interesting to
see how the Russians were looking into how they could make the wests latest ideas work for them. If you look into the prototypes of what became the
Su-24 Fencer you will see that one shares the layout of the TSR 2 while the other uses the F-111 layout that was eventually chosen.
It might be dismissed as copying but another way to look at it is, why deny yourself parity with the other side just because of pride?