Technical data
Type Tu-22M2
Function Strategic medium range bomber
Year 1972
Power at m
Length m
Height m
Wingspan m
Wing area m2
Empty weight kg
Loaded weight kg
Wing Load (kg/m2)
Maximum Speed
Low altitude 970km/h
High altitude 1800km/h
Landing Speed km/h
Landing Roll m sec
Takeoff Roll m sec
Turn time sec
Range 5100km
Flight Endurance h
Operating ceiling 12600m
1000m min
Fuel kg
Guns ?
Bombs 20000kg assorted
Rockets 2*Kh-22
?*Kh-55 or Kh-65

Tu-22M2, Tupolev OKB

Development of the Tu-22M/Tu-26 naval bomber. It was far more successful than earlier models (Tu-22M0 and Tu-22M1). Production started in 1972 and continued until 1983 with 211 aircraft built.

Tu-22M2 differed from earlier models by removed in-air refueling probe and equipment (in compliance with SALT-2)... which may be installed in airfield workshop in few hours.

Major role of this aircraft was destruction of aircraft carrier groups using Kh-22 nuclear-armed high speed missiles (range 400 to 450km (high altitude launch) and speed of 3000 to 3600km/h). Strike formation of 20 Tu-22M2 (carrying 1 or 2 Kh-22 each) was a serious threat, and no wonder that 'The West' over-reacted when this weapon system was introduced.

In 'land' service Tu-22M2 may be armed with long range nuclear capable cruise missiles (Kh-55, Kh-65) or guided bombs like UPAE-1500. Free fall nuclear bombs are an option, as well as various combinations of FAB series conventional bombs (from 68*FAB-250 to few FAB-3000.

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