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Tu-22M3M Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 3 February 2012 Total Production: ? Also Known As:Backfire-D Origin:Russia Corporations: PSC Tupolev
Parent System:Tu-22M Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983 Total Production: 500 Family Members:Tu-22M3
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Description: The Tupolev Tu-22M3, Backfire-C NATO-codename, is a swing-wing, medium range bomber designed to strike targets in Western Europe and Asia using both nuclear and conventional weapons. It has been designed to penetrate enemy air defense at low altitude and supersonic speed making him more survivable than previous strike aircraft. In addition to the strike role, the Tu-22M3 can carry out reconnaissance and maritime patrol missions.
The nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bomber features in-flight refueling capability for extended range missions which has been assumed as a capability for long range strikes against the United States of America. The total number of Tu22Ms ever owned by Russia was less than 300 aircraft due to treaties between the former Soviet Union and the United States.
The Tu-22M3M, Backfire-D NATO designation?, is an advanced upgraded version of the Tu-22M3 bomber fitted with a wider array of more sophisticated weapons. As of early 2012, the Russian Air Force plans call for upgrading up to 30 Tu-22M3 aircraft to the Tu-22M3M standard by 2020. The Tu-22M3M bomber is an interim solution for the Russian Air Force until the fielding of the PAK DA bomber in the 2025-2030 timeframe. The upgraded bomber externally remains the same but it is fitted with advanced avionics, sensors and targeting systems to carry out both tactical and strategic attack missions. The Russian Air Force put the first Tu-22M3M bomber in active duty in early February 2012. The new bomber's attack system is linked to the Russian GLONASS global satellite navigation system to allow precision strikes with conventional bombs and missiles.
Number of Engines: 2 Dimensions Length: 43 meter (139 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 34 meter (112 foot) Performance Ceiling: 14,000 meter (45,932 foot)
Max Range: 6,800 kilometer (3,672 nautical mile) Speed Cruise Speed: 1,008 kph (545 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2,628 kph (1,420 KTAS) Weight Max Takeoff Thrust: 110,000 pound (49,896 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 126 ton (277,778 pound)
Payload: 24,000 kilogram (52,910 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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