Tsavo Lion wrote:
Tu-134UBL is still being used to train Tu-22/Tu160 pilots. Including naval aviation.
All Tu-22Ms were transferred to the AF after 1991 & now r in the VKS.
Last planes were transfered in 2011.
Yet still Tu22 are flying, their tsk is CSG deterrence so somewhere pilots need to be trained on?
Navy transferred the last regiments to Air Force in 2009
However all of these units were disbabded in 2011
By 1991 , USSR have a lot of regiments of Tu-22 in the Navy, probably about a dozen of regiments between the 4 fleets with several types of airplanes: Tu-22M2 , Tu22M3 and Tu-22MR
The most regiments were disbanded in the large cuts of years 90´s
By 2008 only one regiment in Olenya and other in Sovetskaya Gavan remained
In 2009 were transferred to the Air Force , but both were closed in 2011
Several days ago one Tu-22M3 crashed at Olenya, and bmpd said that was part of 40º Heavy Bomber Regiment, but this is not true
Olenya regiments were disbanded, the last in 2011.
The airfield is used by Tu-22M3 and Tu-160 of other regiments, and the decomissioned Tu-22M3 and Tu-22MR remain in storage:
The airplane crashed RF-94159 Nº35 was a test airplane , part of the 929 GLITs:
Бортовой: RF-94159 / 35 тип
Россия (СССР) - ВВС
→ ГК НИИ ВВС (929 ГЛИЦ МО РФ)
Navy had its own Training Center: 444 TsBPiPLS at Ostrov (Pskov Oblast)
Today this airfield is the base of the new 15 Brigade of Army Aviation (Helicopters), but still there are stored several decomissioned airplanes of the Navy (Tu-142 , Tu-22M3 , Tu-134UBL Be-12 and Su-24)
Today, the Training Center of the Air Force for Heavy Bombers, (43 TsBPiPLS), is at Dyagilevo airbase , in Ryazan
However most of airplanes are decomissioned, waiting tor the modernized Tu-22M3M and Tu-95MSM
The 43 TsBPiPLS has also other regiment , the 27º Composite Regiment in Tambov for basic training with 2 squadrons, one of Tu-134UBL and other of An-26
However, the most of Tu-134UBL are stored in reserve since a lot of years
The Tu-134UBL used in Tambov for training of Heavy Bombres are like that:
AMCXXL wrote: Navy does not need UBL since have not strategic bombers in their ranks.
Several old UBL now are Tu-134A4 used as airliners for VIP transport for the chiefs of Naval Fleets and Air Armies
Not really. Tu-134UBL is still being used to train Tu-22/Tu160 pilots. Including naval aviation. It was shortly written off but in 2013-2014 returned to service.
Al of this airplanes have 40 years old and have been overhauled several times each
Some have been transformed on airliners for VIP transport or for transport personnel, in the Navy and in the Airforce:
, also Tu-134A-4 , VIP transport/airliner of Black Sea Fleet
RF-95950 of 929th GLITs used for transport personnel between Akhtubinsk and Chkalovsky (Moscow) , the two main locations of GLITs
of the Transport Regiment of East Military District
of the Transport Rgiment of Central Military District
The reason could be that there are not more Tu-134 available and the only reserve is at Tambov , were are Tu-134UBL stored