What is the Tu-22M Backfire-B/C?
According to some sources, the Backfire-B/C production variants were believed to be designated Tu-26 by Russia, although this is disputed by many others. The US State and Defense Departments have used the Tu-22M designation for the Backfire. Production of all Tu-22M variants totalled 497 including pre-production aircraft.
What happened to the Tu-22M?
The Air Force and Tupolev, in order to save face regarding the Tu-22’s operational deficiencies and to stave off criticisms from the ICBM lobby, agreed to pass off the design as an update of the Tu-22 in their discussions with the government. The aircraft was designated Tu-22M, given the OKB code “Aircraft 45”, and an internal designation of “AM”.
When did the Soviet tu-22m1 Backfire-B bomber come into production?
A SVP-24-22-equipped Tu-22M underwent trials in 2009, and the program has been ordered into production, with deliveries from 2012. Soviet Tu-22M1 Backfire-B bomber aircraft is escorted by an F-14A Tomcat aircraft.
What is the range of the Tu-22M bomber?
With the deletion of the aircraft’s in-flight refueling capability due to the START I treaty, the Tu-22M’s internal fuel capacity limits its operational range ( combat radius unrefueled: 4,000–5,000 km (DIA), 3,360–3,960 km (CIA) estimate) from its home bases to only around Russia’s immediate sphere of influence.
What was the purpose of the Tu-22 bomber?
The Tu-22Ms were tasked with destroying paths of access to Soviet forces, attacking enemy forces at night to prevent regrouping, and to attack incoming supplies from Iran and Pakistan. Working alongside 30 newly arrived MiG-27s, the aircraft also flew missions aimed at relieving the besieged city of Kandahar.
What gauges are in the kazanori ITU Tu-22 backfire?
An update of the Kazanori Itu TU-22 m3 Backfire. Using real photos the panel has been updated with Bill Wolfgen’s Russian gauges, Thomas Ruth and Claudio Mussner’s Tu-144 gauges, Brett Hoskin’s 3MS gauges, and gauges from Vladimir Zhyhulskiy. Also includes Michael Pearson’s textures for India Rated 5 out of 5 stars by 1 PRO members.