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Tupolev Tu 22M3

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Published on Feb 24, 2009

A Ukrainian Tupolev Tu-22M3 filmed before 2004.
The Tupolev Tu-22M (NATO reporting name "Backfire") is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed by the Soviet Union. Significant numbers remain in service with the Russian Air Force.

General characteristics
Crew: 4 (pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, defensive systems operator)
Length: 42.4 m (139ft)
Wingspan: 112ft 5in
Spread (20° sweep): 34.28 m (112 ft 6 in)
Swept (65° sweep): 23.30 m (76 ft 5 in))
Height: 11.05 m (36 ft 3 in)
Wing area: * Spread: 183.6 m² (1,976 ft²)
Swept: 175.8 m² (1,892 ft²)
Empty weight: 58,000 kg (172,000 lb)
Loaded weight: 112,000 kg (247,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 126,000 kg (277,800 lb)
Powerplant: 2× Kuznetsov NK-25 turbofans, 245 kN (50,000 lbf) each

Performance
Maximum speed: Mach 2.3 (2,327 km/h,)
Range: 7000 km (4971 mi)
Combat radius: 2410 km (1500 mi)
Service ceiling: 13,300 m (40,635 ft)
Rate of climb: 15m/s (91ft/s)
Wing loading: 688 kg/m² (147 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight: 0.40
Armament
Guns: 1× GSh-23 cannon in remotely controlled tail turret
Hardpoints: wing and fuselage pylons and internal weapons bay with a capacity of 21,000 kg (46,300 lb) of
From 1× up to 3× Raduga Kh-22 (AS-4 'Kitchen') or Raduga KSR-5 (AS-6 'Kingfish') missiles in weapons bay and on wing pylons or
An internal rotary launcher for six Raduga Kh-15 (AS-16 'Kickback') short-range nuclear missiles plus two more Kh-15 or Kh-27 (AS-10 'Karen') on each wing pylon or
Various freefall bombs - 69× FAB-250 or 8× FAB-1500 might be typical.

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