|Function||Strategic medium range bomber|
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?*Kh-55 or Kh-65
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.
|Created November 19, 1999||Back to|