Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

This March blogger Ivan Stalich was lucky to see flights of missile the carrying Tu-22M3. They landed in Tolmachevo on their way to the Russian-Tajik training and back. Ivan took the chance and made these photos.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Multi-mode long-range supersonic missile bomber Tu-22M3 is intended to destroy important targets on an enemy territory. Crews of Tu-22M3 hit conditional base camps at the foothills of the East Pamir.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Wing variable swing of Tu-22M3 is 20°-65°.
Placed in service in 1983,  – 1983 год, army accepred in March 1989.
Generally 268 units have been made.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Tu-22M3, (according to NATO codification – “Backfire-С”).

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

As for its dimentions it could be compared with the longest version of Boeing-737-900, but its takeoff weight is 52 tons more!

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

The craft can carry three anti-ship cruise missiles X-22 with a launch range to 500 km.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Max. speed: 2300 km/h.
Flying range – up to 7000 km, combat radius – 2410 km.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Being so powerful, efficient, fast and cost-effective, Tu-22M3 is a good alternative to other anti-ship weapons.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Its crew consists of four members.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Tu-22M3 has the most powerful engine NK-25 applied for Russian crafts (cold power – 14300 kgf, reheat power – 25000 kgf).

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

As alternatives to missiles, the bomber may carry ballistic bombs or sea mines of different calibres (up to 69 pcs.).

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

The craft has nine tank groups with max. capacity to 67 700 litres! (it’s more than a standard railway tank has).

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

With An-124 “Ruslan”.

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3

Thanks to altyn73 for the photos!

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10 thoughts on “Missile Carrying Tu 22 M3”

  1. Amazing that such ancient relics are still operating.
    Not bad copy of USA FB-111 though.
    Must be more durable, USA disposed of FB-111 decades ago.

    • @”Osip”
      “Amazing that such ancient relics…”. Really? Like your 60 year old B-52? LOL!

      Your FB-111 was an outranged and outclassed light fly compared to this plane.

      Please keep showing off your ignorance about your own airforce… Or try something else when you are urged to boost your funny self-esteem here. If that was your intention, of course.

    • 新的版面非常难以阅读,非常不方便。我认为这次改版是非常失败的,它会失去很多这个网站的忠诚读者,我曾为这个网站捐款,为的是它能够更好,但现在看来显然没有达到目的。
      请恢复到原来的版面和目录安排,虽然它并不完美,但比现在这个设计要好得太多了。
      期待English &Russia能做出正确的改变。

  2. Sorry to spoil your (lonely) party, “Osip”, but the FB-111 never had the range, size and capabilities of this plane.

    But don’t get so jealous. I hope your 50+ year old U-2 plane keeps flying (or the even much older B-52), because no replacements are coming.

  3. Are there a lot of Tu-22M3 and of other variations left in service (Perhaps the older Tu-22M2 version)? I always loved the soviet/Russians supersonic bombers and found them way better and more interesting than the american bombers that were big ugly flying planes. The TU-160 is by far the one I love the most.

  4. You don’t have to look for a similar thing in any other nation’s arsenal. You won’t find anything like it.
    This is a cool (and deadly) strategic bomber, still in a class of its own.

  5. I still question how things might have turned out had Tupolev not conned the air force with this just to get the T-4 cancelled…

  6. In a shooting war F-22 Raptors would quickly dispose of this enormous target. Feel sorry for its crew on a one way suicide mission.

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