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    Post  eehnie on Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:41 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    Tsavo Lion wrote:Words "deep modernization" mean building a new aircraft on the basis of its predecessor, leaving some old design elements in place. There r no set rules on what should/shouldn't change during such modernization.
    ........................
    New variants of planes like Il-76/-18/-22/-38s, C-130s, Tu-95/-142s & B-1/-52s remained almost the same on the outside, but very different inside.

    Sorry but that is not how I would use of that phrase in engineering in the UK.

    To me "deep modernisation' is taking an existing structure, in this case an existing airframe, and updating parts of it with new elements, which may include virtually everything bar the main structure.

    It is not redesigning the structure incorporating new elements. That is a new product.

    This is why Tass used "deep modernization" in Russian.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:45 pm

    Hole wrote:
    franco wrote:Believe they were Tu-22M2's not the more modern M3's.

    Tu-22M3´s. Look at the air intake. But they were old and had a lot flying hours, starts and landings. There are younger/less used planes in much better storage to modernise.

    Bonus:

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    If I remember correctly the Tu-22M3M modernization included deep repairs, and replacement parts for additional 40 years of service, meaning airframes with lots of wear and tear could see a new lease on life. I don't see why they couldn't go under the same treatment. The only way to tell for sure is to inspect the main superstructure to see how much of it is intact, whether it's a flyable airframe, or totally FUBAR'd and only useful for cannibalizing parts and spares. Out of the 18 airframes, it's not impossible to possibly have 4-6 useful airframes, totally worth a shot for inspection purposes.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:12 pm

    They r non-flyable & there is no local facility to do it. Dismantling & transporting them long distance is impracticable & costly; that's why they r still there now.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:19 am

    On to some other discussion, isn't there some 18 gutted Tu-22M airframes left at the abandoned Vozdvizhenka Airbase (Vozdvizhenka, Primorsky Krai)? Outside of weather corrosion, could a deep refurbishment, alongside deep modernization, could they be air-worthy airframes in 5 years time?

    Actually the Tu-22M3 were much easier to build than the Blackjack... the Blackjack has an enormous box structure for the wing folding mechanism that is made from one piece of titanium that needs to be wielded in conditions of no oxygen.

    A Tu-22M3 could be made without such a forge... and with newer materials could probably be made lighter and stronger.

    Believe they were Tu-22M2's not the more modern M3's.

    The ones in the pictures above are M3s.


    This is why Tass used "deep modernization" in Russian.

    I don't think we can fully trust what media calls anything... they are not experts in the field...

    Out of the 18 airframes, it's not impossible to possibly have 4-6 useful airframes, totally worth a shot for inspection purposes.

    The thing is that they were planning to withdraw all the Backfires at one stage, because they thought the Blackjack and Bear could do what they ended up using the Backfire for in Syria...

    Now it appears as though they want Backfires again... also for Kinzhal too...

    I wonder if the Tu-160M2 design could be scaled down in size and weight to a twin engine design to replace the Backfire?
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    Post  Hole on Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:47 am

    Would be easier to restart the production of the Tu-22M.
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    Post  Isos on Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:48 pm

    Hole wrote:Would be easier to restart the production of the Tu-22M.

    Because it is a tactical bomber rather than strategical one.

    They should have another program for a stealthier replacement of tu-22M. They lost one of them to georgian airdefence. I doubt it would do well above a more contested airspace.

    Its biggest advantage is Kh-32 dor anti shipping role.
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    Post  Hole on Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:31 pm

    The Tu-22M3 with IFR is a strategic bomber. The M3M has got IFR capability back and will also use Kinzhal, Kh-50 and Grom.

    The aircraft was lost in 2008 due to poor mission planing.

    And the replacement for the Tu-22M3 is the PAK-DA.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:09 am

    The Backfire is not really a strategic bomber... it is a theatre bomber that can have its range extended with inflight refuelling.

    It is like saying the MiG-35 is a long range fighter because it has inflight refuelling too.

    It could probably do the job, but a bigger plane would be much better suited.

    There is plenty for the Backfire to do in Europe during a conflict and the seas around Russia, while the Bear and Blackjack deliver the nukes to the US...

    The PAK DA is a stealthy replacement for the Tu-22M3... I just hope they don't make it too expensive to replace with numbers...

    There are a new range of weapons that makes the Backfire still potent and relevant and the new upgrade with the EW tail looks rather interesting too.

    Giving it the same engines as the Blackjack will simplify logistics and maintainence and streamline production, and should help reduces costs... making extra engines for the Backfire models upgraded would make them cheaper for the Blackjack too.

    The aircraft lost in Georgia was due to arrogance and naivety... they didn't even have their EW helos in place when they executed that attack, without SEAD support...

    The EW equipment on the Backfires was not up to date either...
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    Post  eehnie on Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:39 am


    Except very likely the data of range for the MiG-29/35 with refueling is still smaller than the data for the Tu-22 without refuelling.

    dunno dunno dunno

    Always the same....
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:25 am

    The aircraft lost in Georgia was due to arrogance and naivety... they didn't even have their EW helos in place when they executed that attack, without SEAD support...
    It was a recon variant & they used it as there were no suitable UAVs available then.
    The Russian military acknowledged the loss of a Tu-22MR recon aircraft to Georgian air defences early in the 2008 South Ossetia war. One of its crew members was captured (Major Vyacheslav Malkov), two others were killed and the crew commander, Lt. Col. Aleksandr Koventsov, was missing in action as late as November 2011.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-22M#Russia
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    Post  Hole on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:07 am

    No it was a standard Tu-22M3 according to guys like Gordon and Butowski. It was used for some sort of recon, but it was not the dedicated version.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:24 pm

    Did anybody heared that Tu-22M3M is only with onl NK-25 and Tus with NK-32' will be called Tu-22m7?
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    Post  Hole on Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:18 pm

    Something is missing there…

    M4 was planned at the beginning of the 90´s with new electronics and K-32, Kh-57 and UPAB-1500 glide bombs.
    M5 was the dedicated successor of the M4.
    Now M7.
    Where is M6? unshaven
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    Post  marcellogo on Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:20 am

    Hole wrote:Something is missing there…

    M4 was planned at the beginning of the 90´s with new electronics and K-32, Kh-57 and UPAB-1500 glide bombs.
    M5 was the dedicated successor of the M4.
    Now M7.
    Where is M6?  unshaven

    In Great Britain.

    No seriously, maybe there is an internal project called M6 or they just think 7 sound better.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:34 am

    Hole wrote:Something is missing there…

    M4 was planned at the beginning of the 90´s with new electronics and K-32, Kh-57 and UPAB-1500 glide bombs.
    M5 was the dedicated successor of the M4.
    Now M7.
    Where is M6?  unshaven



    M6 could be with NK-25 while NK-32 is with M7. The only explanation I can figure out Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil


    BTW What I've fund here:
    https://iz.ru/778759/ilia-kramnik/staryi-novyi-samolet-na-chto-sposoben-tu-22m3m


    According to the officers of the HKS of the Russian Federation who spoke with the correspondent of the portal iz.ru, the modernization of the Tu-22M3 in the M3M variant will not be a problem, and most likely 30 specified vehicles will be delivered by 2021-2022. At the same time, in the future, the option of a deeper improvement of existing aircraft, including, possibly, a part of previously written off aircraft, is being considered. A promising aircraft, presumably designated as Tu-22M7, can receive, among other things, the NK-32 engines, again launched in production, intended for Tu-160 bombers, whose production is expected to be resumed.




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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:45 am

    marcellogo wrote:No seriously, maybe there is an internal project called M6 or they just think 7 sound better.

    well, it looks like some day we'll learn but not today lol1 lol1
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:26 am

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:
    Tsavo Lion wrote:What the reason for deleting the tailgun? Does it have something better for self defence? Or perhaps it'll always be escorted by fighters?

    unless its a lacer or maser gun there is not really effective. This is just  IIWW relic. Perhaps efficient with large slow drones not with current threats. just

    BTW it was AFAIK 2x23mm gun with v0~ 700m/s. That cannot hit anything except P-51 or Me-109 :-)

    I think you're confused on what the true purpose of the tail guns, which were effective chaff and flair dispensers, not a CIWS system. Such a system would be incredibly effective even today, and even more effective for ground forces protecting armored columns from PGM strikes, however modern ECM (powered by the NK-25/32) would have vastly superior range in comparison.
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    Post  dino00 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:52 pm

    The upgraded Tu-22M3M bomber made the first flight

    MOSCOW, Dec 28 - RIA News. The first flight of a modernized Tu-22M3M bomber took place, journalists were told at PJSC "Tupolev" (part of the KLA).
    "The twenty-eighth of December 2018 at the airfield of KAZ named after S.P. Gorbunov - branch of PJSC" Tupolev "took place the first flight of a deeply modernized Tu-22M3M bomber-carrying bomber. “The plane was piloted by the crew under the supervision of test pilot Zhukovskaya Oleg Petunin’s flight test and development base. The flight took place at an altitude of 1500 meters and lasted 37 minutes,” the press service said.


    More
    https://ria.ru/20181228/1548856837.html


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    Post  Hole on Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:48 pm

    Petunina?
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    Post  dino00 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:03 pm

    Hole wrote:Petunina?

    Edit
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:58 pm

    "Significant expansion of combat potential": a modernized Tu-22M3M bomber made the first flight
    https://russian.rt.com/russia/article/588105-bombardirovschik-tu-22m3m-pervyi-polyot
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    Post  Hole on Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:38 pm

    dino00 wrote:
    Hole wrote:Petunina?

    Edit

    The test pilot. I feared it could be some sort of project name.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:32 pm

    Hole wrote:
    dino00 wrote:
    Hole wrote:Petunina?

    Edit

    The test pilot. I feared it could be some sort of project name.

    Whats your opposition to Petunia? It falls in line with Tulip, Pion/Peony. lol1
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    Post  George1 on Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:26 am

    Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation earlier said that the upgrade of operational Tu-22M3 planes to the level of the Tu-22M3M would begin from 2019 and the first serial-produced bombers would start arriving for the troops from 2021.

    More:
    http://tass.com/defense/1038351
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