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Russia offers TU-22M3 strategic bombers to India | Aviation & Air Force News at DefenceTalk
Russia has offered to sell several long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers to India, Russian Vice Premier and Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said today.
He said the offer was made to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during talks in Moscow yesterday but India has not yet responded.
"We made the offer to the Indian side when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was here. The Indian side has not yet come back to us on the issue, and it would be impossible also to take a decision within 24 hours," Ivanov was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency. Ivanov said that India had earlier considered leasing the bombers but due to "technical reasons" Moscow is unable to lease the aircrafts.
The leasing of up to three long-range TU-22M3 (Backfire-C) bombers was part of the aircraft carrier 'Admiral Gorshkov' package, which also included leasing two Shchuka-B (Akula class) nuclear submarines currently under construction at Komsomolsk-on-Amur shipyard.
Ivanov underscored that Tu-22M3 is "not a strategic" weapon as it has a range of up to 7,000 kilometres. The bomber capable of carrying 3 Kh-22 cruise missiles is the main bomber of the Russian Air Force and Navy.
Talks for leasing three Tu-22M3 bombers were on since last five years in a package with the acquisition of the Gorshkov aircraft carrier, diplomatic sources said.
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Russian air forces will upgrade 30 Tu-22M3 bombers - News - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM
Russian air forces will upgrade 30 Tu-22M3 bombers
Russian air forces will upgrade 30 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers to M3M version by 2020, Lenta.ru reports.
The training of flight personnel for Tu-22M3M upgraded bombers has already been started in Ryazan-based combat employment and retraining center of long-range aviation.
The outstanding features of the upgraded bomber are enhanced weapon nomenclature and advanced equipment, built using new hardware components. It is also said in press-release issued by the Ministry of Defense, that Tu-22M3M has an “improved ergonomics of the cockpit”. No other distinctions have been mentioned.
According to different sources, from 93 to 150 Tu-22M bombers of various versions are currently operated in Russia. Tu-22M3 has a maximum flight speed of 2300 km/h and its combat radius is 2400 km. The jet is able to carry weapons with a total weight of up to 12 tons.
how many brahmos missile can it carry ???
It is an ancient bomber, guys. The fuel consumption would be a killer. Russian engines are powerful but very high fuel guzzling which maybe because of the fact that they have humungous oil and gas resources which we don't. This plays a big part.
Add to the fact that there's some sort of a treaty where big players won't sell strategic bombers capable of nuclear bombing to any third party. Russia (not USSR) entered to this agreement. Which is why it hasn't been able to supply these bombers to PLA which was in that position in 1992 which we are today. So PLAAF uses new airframe for the older Soviet-made bombers in its fleet.
We simply have no use of these weapons:
- No political will to even use a RPG, forget nuclear bomber.
- No enemy country weak enough to be "first softened" by fighters and then used bombers against (Pakistan might be a failed state but it isn't too easy, China is a different ballgame altogether).
In short, we will be wasting our time and money getting these ancient birdies.
Pigs Forever? [F-111 Supercruise]
Australians reporting India's TU-22's are in Andaman Islands??
Recent reports indicate that India will soon deploy the Tu-22M-3 Backfire, armed with the potent Mach 2+ 200 NMI range Kh-22M/AS-4 Kitchen cruise missile, while it is completing a major upgrade to the Port Blair runway in the Andamans. China has to date not responded publicly, but given its recent disagreement with the US over the EP-3C Aries collision and subsequent US arms sale to Taiwan, the odds of a Chinese Backfire buy look increasingly stronger with time. The superb combat radius of the Backfire allows its users to project force from forward bases such as Port Blair or Hainan-Dao directly in to Australian airspace. The speed and persistence of a Backfire armed with supersonic cruise missiles dictate early interception, a task for which the small F/A-18A is not well suited. An F-111 with a phased array and AIM-120 AMRAAM would plug this capability gap until the F/A-18A replacement is deployed post 2012
Kh-22 / AS-4 Kitchen on the centreline semi-conformal station of a Backfire [More images ...] (US DoD).
The mighty Kh-22 (AS-4 Kitchen) was the weapon which stimulated the development of the SPY-1 Aegis system. Designed during the 1960s for dual role use as a nuclear armed standoff weapon, and as an anti-shipping missile with either radar or anti-radiation seekers, the Kh-22 remains in service as the primary armament of the RuAF's residual fleet of Tu-22M3 Backfires. While the Tu-95K-22 Bear G was equipped to carry up to three Kh-22s, its progressive retirement has limited use to the Backfire.
Soviet Long Range Aviation (DA-VVS) followed a very different path to the V-MF in pursuing second generation cruise missiles. The Kangaroo proved to be troublesome and clearly would have difficulty penetrating NATO defences, the DA-VVS coveted a missile similar to the British Avro Blue Steel which was being developed for the V-bombers.
Raduga developed the Kh-22 Burya or AS-4 Kitchen to meet this need. The Kitchen was a bigger, faster and longer ranging equivalent to the Blue Steel, initially armed with a 1 Megatonne nuclear warhead and equipped with inertial guidance. The AV-MF instantly took an interest in the Kh-22 and ASCM variants with active radar and anti-radiation seekers eventually emerged.
The Kh-22 is a formidable weapon. Powered by an Isayev R-201-300 / S5.44 liquid rocket delivering 83 kN full thrust and 5.9 kN cruise thrust, it is claimed to exceed 4.6 Mach in cruise at 80,000 ft AGL. Around 3 tonnes of TG02 fuel and AK-20K oxidiser are carried providing a cited range between 145 NMI (270 km) and 300 NMI (550 km), subject to variant, profile and launch speed/altitude. The engine uses gas generator driven turbopumps and a central power generator to power the onboard avionics and hydraulics.
The structure was the first to use OT-4-1 and SM-5 titanium alloys extensively. Not unlike Lockheed with the A-11/YF-12A, Raduga experienced numerous problems with materials and the high airframe temperature during Mach 3+ cruise.
While the Kh-22 was intended to replace the Kangaroo, it was first deployed in the Tu-22 Blinder which used the PN or Down Beat acquisition radar to target the missile.
By the early 1970s the ineffective Blinder was being replaced by the more capable Tu-22M2 Backfire B, capable of carrying up to three Kh-22s, but usually armed with one on the centerline BD-45 adaptor. The final 1980s Tu-22M3 Backfire C variant had the performance to carry three Kh-22s to 2,500 nautical miles, with underwing rounds on BD-45K adaptors – this weapon system remains in Russian service today. It also armed the primary strike regiments of the AV-MF during the last decade of the Cold War.
The basic Kh-22PG anti-shipping variant of the missile used a PG active radar seeker, the improved Kh-22N the PMG seeker. The Kh-22P anti-radiation variant, with a PSN or PGP-K seeker, required the Kurs N/NM RHAW receiver. The Kh-22M introduced an improved variant of the engine.
The integration of the Kh-22 on the Tu-95K-20 Bear C proved to be protracted and troublesome, but eventually resulted in upgrades running through the 1980s to convert all Bear B/C bombers into the Tu-22K-22 Bear G equipped to carry the improved PNA Down Beat radar and up to three Kh-22s, for use as a nuclear armed defence suppression or maritime strike system.
Seven variants have been reported to date, and a mid life upgrade for the APK-22 guidance package has also been recently reported. Nuclear armed variants included a TERCOM system to supplement the inertial unit.
If China ever proceeds with the much speculated upon Backfire purchase, the Kh-22 is likely to be supplied as the basic weapon for the aircraft. The Backfire carries up to three rounds, although typical payloads are one or two, on BD-45K/F adaptors.
you cant ignore plane with that capability. 7000 km range gets lot of attention.
The TU-22 looks like a huge Mig-25 with the same ducts and all. I always love the aircraft but i thought the maintenance would be head ache but haveing just 2 of them wont cause us any harm. In case Agni fails in war time we will only have strategic bombers to penetrate into China.
4 of these are present with the Indian Navy .
That's the ferry range. Combat radius is what matters.
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