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Tu-22M3  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 500
Also Known As: Backfire-C
Origin: Russia
Corporations: PSC Tupolev
Parent System: Tu-22M
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 500
Family Members: Tu-22M5
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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-22M3 entered service with the Soviet Union's Air Force in 1983. It is the last derivative of the proven Tu-22M medium range bomber. Compared to its predecessors it has an enhanced aerodynamic design and improved overall performance. The aircraft is powered by two NK-25 turbofan engines each rated at 55,115-lb of thrust. As of 2008, the Russian Air Force was operating 141 aircraft of this type.

Tu-22M3 Specifications

Crew: 4
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: 280 mps (1,008 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2,000 kph (1,081 KTAS)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 110,230 pound (50,000 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 126 ton (277,778 pound)
Payload: 24,000 kilogram (52,910 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Tu-22M3 News

There are 16 news between
5 Aug 2009 and 8 Jul 2017
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Saturday, July 8, 2017Russian Military Outlines Advantages of Kh-101 Cruise Missiles
Saturday, May 13, 2017Russian Air Force to Install SVN-24 Guidance System on Tu-22M3 Bombers
Thursday, April 27, 2017PAK DA Bomber to Take to the Skies in 2025 or 2026
Russian Air Force to Modernize its Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 Bombers
Friday, February 24, 2017PAK DA Bomber to Feature Extreme Stealth, Advanced EW and Artificial Intelligence Missiles
Friday, October 14, 2016Russian PAK DA Strategic Bomber to Be Unveiled in 2018
Thursday, August 25, 2016Russian Air Force Ready to Field Kh-32 Hypersonic Cruise Missile
Monday, March 7, 2016Newest US Navy Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Unreliable against Latest Anti-Ship Missiles
Tuesday, November 17, 2015Russian Air Force Tu-95MS, Tu-22M3 and Tu-160 Bombers Strike ISIS Targets in Syria
Friday, July 17, 2015Russian Air Force to Take Delivery of Six Tu-22M3M Backfire Bombers by 2016

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Russia?
YearHoldings
202070
2014100Tu-22M3 and Tu-22MR
2008141

Grand Total ?2
Cannons & Gear
GSh-23Lx1
Defensive Weapons
FAB-100
FAB-250
FAB-500
OFAB-250-270
Offensive Weapons
Kh-101x4
Kh-102x4
Kh-15x10
Kh-22x3
Kh-28
Kh-32x3
KSR-5
Sensor Systems
SVP-24x1
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