Thumbnail Filmstrip of Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 Backfire-C RF-34075 1:72 Scale Herpa HE572156 Images
More than 50 years after the first flight of the prototype, the TU-22M long-range bomber represents a serious weapon system. To ensure that this remains the case for years to come, a modernization program is currently underway for some of the aircraft that are still operational. The modernizations make the bomber powered by two powerful jet turbines the TU-22M3M, which made its maiden flight in prototype form in December 2018. A special feature of the bomber is its wings, which can be adjusted from 20 to 65 degrees, and the good take-off and landing characteristics, which allow an economical cruise flight for a long range or fully swung back to enable speeds up to twice the sound range. The TU-22M3 is also capable of launching cruise missiles against targets from a long distance and thus does not get into the dangerous area of enemy air defenses. Until 1993 the manufacturer in Kazan had built 514 TU-22M of different series, most of them in the M3 variant. There are at least 60 of these left today, not all of them are ready for use and not all of them can be brought up to the M3M standard. These include, above all, the use of improved navigation and communication systems.
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|Aircraft Name:||Tu-22M3 Backfire-C|
|Material:||Diecast Metal and Plastic|