Bad news for the United States: the upgraded Tu-22M3M takes on NATO aircraft carriers


The National Interest magazine called the intermediate results of the recent tests of the modernized Tu-22M3M “bad the news for America. " It is difficult to argue with this, since the new version of our long-range bomber not only “learned” how to refuel in the air, but also became a real threat to aircraft carrier strike groups of the US Navy.


For the first time, the Tu-22 was adopted by the Air Force of the Soviet Union in 1962. Since then, the car managed to go through several stages of modernization. The latest version that came into service was called the Tu-22M3. The aircraft had a number of improvements, but lost the ability to refuel in the air, as required by the provisions of the OSV-3 contract. In addition, the document limited the number of bombers to 268 units.

Quite another matter, passing the tests of the Tu-22M3M. Despite the fact that it is called modernized, it is rather a new aircraft. After all, a considerable part of the power elements of the fuselage and up to 80% of airborne equipment, which has now become fully digital, have undergone alteration.

The speed characteristics of the bomber increased by 12%, and thanks to air refueling (OSV-3 is no more), its flight range has actually become unlimited. We add here the new electronic warfare equipment and the unification of the airborne REA with the promising long-range Tu-160M2 bomber. The latter makes it possible for combat vehicles to carry out joint missions to destroy large surface ships following as part of an operational association.

However, this is not all. The Tu-22M3M was equipped with the latest Hephaestus sighting system, which turns conventional air bombs into high-precision shells, and two X-32 cruise missiles with a range of 1 km, which the Pentagon dubbed the "killer of aircraft carriers."

And finally, the list of weapons for the Tu-22M3M even includes a hypersonic “Dagger”, which means that, in combination with other types of missiles, the modernized aircraft becomes something between the carriers of nuclear weapons and tactical long-range bombers.

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  1. Natan bruk Offline
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 9 June 2020 11: 00
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    Well that's all. And if such a dump, as the National Interest stated, then there is nothing to argue about :))) By the way, the well-known Alexey Pushkov is included in the editorial board of this dump, with a circulation of a little more than 6000 (!) Copies.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 9 June 2020 13: 52
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    Great Peremoga !!! The United States is trembling that our only M3M (in trials) will fly, immediately drown all aircraft carriers.

    Let them tremble.
    1. sgrabik Offline
      sgrabik (Sergei) 9 June 2020 15: 04
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      Well, why write this nonsense? Three modernized aircraft are already being tested, and from the next year after the end of the state stage. Testing serial modernization of these aircraft will be put on stream at the Tupolev plant in Kazan.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 9 June 2020 17: 39
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        May be. But here we are talking about one thing in trials.

        Let them tremble with fear ...
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      3. Syoma_67 Offline
        Syoma_67 (Semyon) 11 June 2020 22: 02
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        Serial modernization of these aircraft will put on stream.

        - here you are an adult (probably), but believe in fairy tales. Armata has already destroyed all the Abrams, the Su-57 kicked the Raptor's ass. As Smuglyanka said, "a conditional opponent in a conditional battle is conditionally shot down." Only now they have it all and in sufficient quantities, but in Russia there is nothing but such articles and cartoons.
        1. meandr51 Offline
          meandr51 (Andrei) 12 June 2020 11: 08
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          And so the United States is proposing to include these "cartoons" in the new START treaty ... So Soyuzmultfilm!
          1. Syoma_67 Offline
            Syoma_67 (Semyon) 12 June 2020 20: 42
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            Did Skabeeva tell you this, or did you read the new contract?
            1. meandr51 Offline
              meandr51 (Andrei) 13 June 2020 21: 06
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              This is voiced by one American politician after another. Trump in the first place. I will not search for the link.
              1. margo Offline
                margo (margo) 1 July 2020 14: 57
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                Listen to what Zhirinovsky or Poklonskaya voices, they are also politicians.
          2. master3 Offline
            master3 (Vitali) 12 June 2020 20: 43
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            As I understand it, America is in shock, Europe is in a panic.
            1. meandr51 Offline
              meandr51 (Andrei) 22 June 2020 16: 35
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              This is their permanent state. There are no normal ones there for a long time.
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  5. margo Offline
    margo (margo) 1 July 2020 14: 54
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    ..the upgraded Tu-22M3M takes aircraft carriers into the sight.

    - moreover, all alone!