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.
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.
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.
Tu-22M3, (according to NATO codification – “Backfire-С”).
As for its dimentions it could be compared with the longest version of Boeing-737-900, but its takeoff weight is 52 tons more!
The craft can carry three anti-ship cruise missiles X-22 with a launch range to 500 km.
Max. speed: 2300 km/h.
Flying range – up to 7000 km, combat radius – 2410 km.
Being so powerful, efficient, fast and cost-effective, Tu-22M3 is a good alternative to other anti-ship weapons.
Its crew consists of four members.
Tu-22M3 has the most powerful engine NK-25 applied for Russian crafts (cold power – 14300 kgf, reheat power – 25000 kgf).
As alternatives to missiles, the bomber may carry ballistic bombs or sea mines of different calibres (up to 69 pcs.).
The craft has nine tank groups with max. capacity to 67 700 litres! (it’s more than a standard railway tank has).
With An-124 “Ruslan”.
Thanks to altyn73 for the photos!