Why is the tu22 called a Backfire?
It had a radius of 1,500 miles (2,410 km with a normal weapons load. It could fly up at 43,600 ft (13,300m) It had one 23mm GSh-23 cannon in remotely controlled tail turret. It was this weapon that gave this Russian bomber the NATO name Backfire Bomber. There are hard points under the wings and fuselage.
How much does a TU-22M cost?
via The Aviationist Chinese websites are again reporting that Russia has agreed to sell Beijing the production line for the Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber at a cost of $1.5 billion. Once in service with the Chinese Naval Air Forces the Tu-22M3 will be known as the “H-10″.
What is the biggest bomber plane in the world?
The heaviest bomber in service is the Russian Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ bomber, which has a maximum take-off weight of 275 tonnes (606,270 lb) and a maximum speed of around Mach 2.05 at high altitude (2,511 km/h, or 1,560 mph). Its empty weight is 110 tonnes (242,500 lb).
What is a Soviet Backfire bomber?
Tupolev Tu-22M, a Russian variable-wing supersonic jet bomber first flown in 1969. It was designed for potential use in war against the NATO countries, where it was known by the designation “Backfire.”
Why are Russian aircraft wheels green?
According to most sources both drdisque and kabq737 are correct. The control panels are green (not only in aircraft, but also in power plants and others) as it’s a color that makes easy to identify the controls and it’s also supposed to be calming and help people keep their concentration.
Why do Russian airliners have glass noses?
The main reason for the glass nose was locating runways and/or drop zones (paratroopers and airdrops). You have to remember that russia has some pretty crappy weather, and during the winter some places are whiteout conditions pretty non-stop.
When did the Tupolev Tu-22 come into service?
* In the early 1960s, the Soviet Union introduced a twin-engine supersonic jet bomber, the Tupolev “Tu-22”, into service. The Tu-22 left something to be desired, and in the 1980s it led to a much improved successor, the “Tu-22M”.
What kind of aircraft was the Tu-22 Blinder?
* The Tu-22B was a big, sleek aircraft, built mostly of aircraft aluminum alloys, with a dartlike fuselage, with all swept flight surfaces, twin Dobrynin VD-7M afterburning turbojets with one on each side of the tailfin, and tricycle landing gear. It was an attractive aircraft in a somewhat sinister way.
Who are the crew of the Tupolev K-22 Blinder?
There were three crew: a navigator in the nose, a pilot in the cockpit, and a gunner / radio operator behind the pilot. All three sat on K-22 downward-firing ejection seats, with a minimum safe ejection altitude of 250 meters (820 feet).
What kind of radar did the Tupolev Blinder have?
There was a navigation / bombing radar in the nose, with what appears to have been a port for an optical bombsight system behind it, plus windows alongside the nose for the navigator. The pilot sat in a heavily-framed cockpit, while the gunner / radio operator had a window along each side of his cockpit.