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Thursday, August 16, 2018





Putin's war games factory: Workers near completion of Russia's latest supersonic 4,000mph strike bombers ahead of test flights later this month

  • The Tu-22M3M upgrades the 45-year-old Tu-22M3, which Russia has 100 flying missions including over Syria
  • Eight times better at navigating and can target their next-generation missiles 10 times more accurately
  • Constructors plan to test the planes later this month with workers doing final construction at a plant in Kazan
  • Russian politicians boats that the planes will give the country's air force air superiority over NATO jets
Russia is in the final stages of assembling its new generation of pinpoint accurate supersonic strike bombers, ready for test flights later this month.
The Tu-22M3M is a 'deep moderisation' of the Tu-22M3 which Russia's air force has about 100 in service and used extensively in missions over Syria in support of the Assad regime.
The new planes can fly at mach 5 - five times the speed of sound - and be navigated up to eight times better than the previous generation and target their improved missiles up to 10 times more accurately.
Russia is in the final stages of assembling its new generation of pinpoint accurate supersonic strike bombers, the Tu-22M3M, at a factory in Kazan, ready for test flights later this month
Russia is in the final stages of assembling its new generation of pinpoint accurate supersonic strike bombers, the Tu-22M3M, at a factory in Kazan, ready for test flights later this month
The first of the new jets are in final assembly at a plant in Kazan, about 500 miles east of Moscow, a city known much better to the Western public as a venue for several World Cup matches last month
The first of the new jets are in final assembly at a plant in Kazan, about 500 miles east of Moscow, a city known much better to the Western public as a venue for several World Cup matches last month
Workers at Gorbunov Aviation Plant were photographed hard at work putting together the brand new planes before they were to be tested from the on-site aerodrome in the next couple of weeks
Workers at Gorbunov Aviation Plant were photographed hard at work putting together the brand new planes before they were to be tested from the on-site aerodrome in the next couple of weeks
Crucially they will also be able to carry Kh-32 air-to-surface cruise missiles, which have a range of up to 370 miles flying up to 25 miles above the ground at 3,100mph.
Even bigger Kh-50 missiles will also be fitted to the new jets, which can carry six more than the Tu-22M3, that fly at almost 600mph and weigh a massive 1,600kg.
The first of the new jets are in final assembly at a plant in Kazan, about 500 miles east of Moscow, a city known much better to the Western public as a venue for several World Cup matches last month.
Kazan's Gorbunov Aviation Plant, run by Tupolev which designs and manufactures the planes, opened in 1927 and built many of the most famous Soviet warplanes and civilian aircraft.
The Tu-22M3M is a 'deep moderisation' of the Tu-22M3 which Russia's air force has about 100 in service and used extensively in missions over Syria in support of the Assad regime
The Tu-22M3M is a 'deep moderisation' of the Tu-22M3 which Russia's air force has about 100 in service and used extensively in missions over Syria in support of the Assad regime
The new planes can be navigated up to eight times better than the previous generation and target their improved missiles up to 10 times more accurately
The new planes can be navigated up to eight times better than the previous generation and target their improved missiles up to 10 times more accurately
Crucially they will also be able to carry Kh-32 air-to-surface cruise missiles, which have a range of up to 370 miles flying up to 25 miles above the ground at 3,100mph
Crucially they will also be able to carry Kh-32 air-to-surface cruise missiles, which have a range of up to 370 miles flying up to 25 miles above the ground at 3,100mph
Even bigger Kh-50 missiles will also be fitted to the new jets, which can carry six more than the Tu-22M3, that fly at almost 600mph and weigh a massive 1,600kg
Even bigger Kh-50 missiles will also be fitted to the new jets, which can carry six more than the Tu-22M3, that fly at almost 600mph and weigh a massive 1,600kg
Alexander Konyukhov, chief executive of the company building the planes, said about 30 of Russia's 100 Tu-22M3 would be upgraded to the newer model by 2020
Alexander Konyukhov, chief executive of the company building the planes, said about 30 of Russia's 100 Tu-22M3 would be upgraded to the newer model by 2020
The rest would be retrofitted later on, along with brand new planes being built at the Kazan factory
The rest would be retrofitted later on, along with brand new planes being built at the Kazan factory
In addition to deadlier bombs, they will feature a new SVP-24-22 radio-electronic system and a NV-45 radar
In addition to deadlier bombs, they will feature a new SVP-24-22 radio-electronic system and a NV-45 radar
Workers were photographed hard at work putting together the brand new planes before they were to be tested from the on-site aerodrome in the next couple of weeks.
A model of the new strike bomber sat proudly at the front of the plant, showing off its sleek design including a long nose cone.
Tupolev chief executive Alexander Konyukhov said about 30 of Russia's 100 Tu-22M3 would be upgraded to the newer model by 2020 and the rest later on, along with brand new planes being built.
A worker installs components on the new plane as it prepares for test flights this month
The cockpit's improved ergonomics, new onboard systems and an extended service life of 35 years
The cockpit's improved ergonomics, new onboard systems and an extended service life of 35 years
The plant showed how long it had been in operation, with decades-old equipment still in service
The plant showed how long it had been in operation, with decades-old equipment still in service
Workers in the design centre at Gorbunov Aviation Plant in Kazan, which not only manufactures planes but designs them
Workers in the design centre at Gorbunov Aviation Plant in Kazan, which not only manufactures planes but designs them
The major upgrade for the Tu-22M3 was a long time coming as they first came into service in 1972 and saw action in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and more recently in Syria and Iraq
The major upgrade for the Tu-22M3 was a long time coming as they first came into service in 1972 and saw action in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and more recently in Syria and Iraq
Russian TU-22M3 bombers deliver airstrike in Syria
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In addition to deadlier bombs, they will feature a new SVP-24-22 radio-electronic system, a NV-45 radar, the cockpit's improved ergonomics, new onboard systems and an extended service life of 35 years. 
The major upgrade for the Tu-22M3 was a long time coming as they first came into service in 1972 and saw action in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and more recently in Syria and Iraq.
'The Tu-22M3 long-range bombers proved highly efficient in Syria,' Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian upper house's Defence and Security Committee and former commander in chief of Russian Aerospace Forces, said.
'This bomber, alongside Tu-160 and Tu-95, ensures the superiority of Russian strategic long-range aviation.' 
A model of the new strike bomber sat proudly at the front of the plant, showing off its sleek design including a long nose cone
A model of the new strike bomber sat proudly at the front of the plant, showing off its sleek design including a long nose cone
Kazan's Gorbunov Aviation Plant, run by Tupolev which designs and manufactures the planes, opened in 1927 and built many of the most famous Soviet warplanes and civilian aircraft
Kazan's Gorbunov Aviation Plant, run by Tupolev which designs and manufactures the planes, opened in 1927 and built many of the most famous Soviet warplanes and civilian aircraft

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