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    Post  Viktor Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:22 pm

    Another modernized thumbsup

    CAPO BBC Russia once Tu-22M3 bomber after repair
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    Post  George1 Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:35 am

    October 28, 2014. Channel "5 TV". Russia, Kazan. Strategic updating.

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    Post  George1 Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:31 pm

    Tu-22M3M Bomber Drops Bombs over Ryazan

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    Post  Cyberspec Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:51 am

    It's a standard Tu-22M3 in the video. The reporter is saying they're slated for upgrade into M3M

    Some nice pics...

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    Post  Stealthflanker Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:11 pm

    Anything on PNA-D Attack radar ? Like say..upgrade or new attack radar for the bomber ?
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    Post  George1 Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:16 pm

    Russian strategic Tu-22M3 (Backfire) strike bombers have been deployed to the Crimean Peninsula to hold snap combat readiness drills, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150317/1019595277.html#ixzz3UgD1FurH
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    Post  Cyberspec Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:43 am

    9 x Tu-22M3 undergoing upgrade
    http://warfiles.ru/show-83372-srazu-devyat-tu-22-vstali-na-modernizaciyu-v-kazani.html

    Stealthflanker wrote:Anything on PNA-D Attack radar ? Like say..upgrade or new attack radar for the bomber ?

    According to the link I posted, the upgrade includes new radar. Not sure if that's correct though....I thought the radar was part of the second stage of modernisation Question
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    Post  sepheronx Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:18 pm

    My understanding is that the Irbis-E radar was to be eventually used on the Tu-22M series aircrafts, which would give the aircraft ridiculously large detecting/tracking ranges. Dunno if the plan is still on but would be nice.
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    Post  Stealthflanker Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:28 pm

    sepheronx wrote:My understanding is that the Irbis-E radar was to be eventually used on the Tu-22M series aircrafts, which would give the aircraft ridiculously large detecting/tracking ranges.  Dunno if the plan is still on but would be nice.

    This only make sense if Russian think of making their version of "B-1R" a Supersized interceptor/missile truck.

    Ground attack radar though, don't really need 20 Kw.
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    Post  sepheronx Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:39 pm

    Stealthflanker wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:My understanding is that the Irbis-E radar was to be eventually used on the Tu-22M series aircrafts, which would give the aircraft ridiculously large detecting/tracking ranges.  Dunno if the plan is still on but would be nice.

    This only make sense if Russian think of making their version of "B-1R" a Supersized interceptor/missile truck.

    Ground attack radar though, don't really need 20 Kw.

    Air engagement would be roughly 600km but for air to ground, even more. It would benefit to strike enemy positions with guided munitions from so far out of sam engagement range. Hell, they could effectively turn it into an intercepter as well. But this is what was mentioned long before, and I would like to see that.
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    Post  Viktor Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:58 pm

    Another modernized Tu-22M3 thumbsup

    Kazan aircraft plant BBC Russia once modernized Tu-22M3
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    Post  Viktor Fri May 08, 2015 10:39 pm

    And another modernized Tu-22M3 delivered to RuAF thumbsup

    Kazan Aviation Plant named after S.P. Gorbunov delivered Tu-22M3 bomber to Russian air forces
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    Post  d_taddei2 Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:29 am

    pictures taken by me at Zhuliany Ukraine last year (May 2014).

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    I do have loads more pics, and i am away to North Korea in August for 2 weeks, but i highly doubt i will get a chance/be allowed to take pics of military items but you never know Wink

    link below for the thread

    https://www.russiadefence.net/t3372-my-pics-and-vids


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    Post  George1 Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:16 pm

    The Defense Ministry before the end of the year will receive six modernized Tu-22M3

    Tu-22M3 will be in service in the Russian Federation until 2030
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    Post  franco Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:05 pm

    Western Media reporting Russia to deploy squadron of Tu-22M3's to Crimea. Anyone see this from Russia?
    http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-reported-be-stationing-supersonic-bombers-crimea-330680
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    Post  Big_Gazza Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:08 pm

    franco wrote:Western Media reporting Russia to deploy squadron of Tu-22M3's to Crimea. Anyone see this from Russia?
    http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-reported-be-stationing-supersonic-bombers-crimea-330680

    For a start, the photo shows Su-24, not Tu-22M. If the authors cannot get the photo correct, why give the articles content any credence?
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    Post  GarryB Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:17 pm

    Very few journalists could tell an M1 abrams tank from a Humvee let alone an aircraft type... I remember during Desert Storm a US journalist standing outside an airfield in Saudi Arabia claiming B-52s were taking off on their mission to bomb Saddam... except the aircraft taking off were F-16s.

    I do remember talk of moving Tu-22M3s to the Crimea... mainly in response to the movement of ABM systems into Europe.
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    Post  George1 Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:50 pm

    GarryB wrote:I do remember talk of moving Tu-22M3s to the Crimea... mainly in response to the movement of ABM systems into Europe.

    that means Kh-32 ARM against Aegis??

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20150724/1024993449.html
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    Post  JohninMK Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:18 pm

    RYAZAN, July 27. /TASS/. Russia has no plans to deploy Tu-22M3 bombers in Crimea, Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday. "So far, no such tasks have been set. If we do have such tasks we will be obliged to fulfil them," he told journalists when asked about possible deployment of Tu-22M3 bombers in Crimea.

    Bondarev said Russia had enough warplanes in Crimea "to ensure clear blue sky over us."

    According to earlier reports, ten Tu-22M3 bombers were temporarily deployed in Crimea during a surprise combat readiness check this spring.
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    Post  d_taddei2 Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:33 pm

    does anyone know if they still plan to sell Tu-22M3 to China or plan to sell it to anyone else?
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    Post  Svyatoslavich Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:18 pm

    d_taddei2 wrote:does anyone know if they still plan to sell Tu-22M3 to China or plan to sell it to anyone else?
    No. Tu-22M3 isn't produced anymore (though in Kazan there are still some incomplete frames), and there is no plan to reopen the production line or to export it.
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    Post  GarryB Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:49 am

    Now that Russia has turned towards Asia and away from the west, I suspect they will be more likely to sell to China... the question would of course be, does China want 50 or do they want 2...

    When they introduced the Su-34 many of the short to medium range missions the Backfire would normally be used for were replaced.

    The thing is that all the sophisticated stuff they have crammed into the Su-34 they could cram bigger and better into the Backfire... and with the Bear, the Backfire and the Blackjack all getting upgraded unified systems then while the choice of Su-34 vs Backfire becomes less clear because the Backfire becomes more capable and still has enormous weapon and fuel capacity, the addition to the equation is that the Bear and the Blackjack suddenly becomes available for theatre conventional missions as well.

    Before the Su-34, the Backfire was the only conventional option, but the Su-34 adds accuracy and guided weapons, though not able to match payload weight in dumb weapons or very large weapons like Kh-32, it should be a very potent aircraft with inflight refuelling.

    Now, with Blackjack and Bear able in the near future to carry heavy conventional weapons... guided and unguided then the need for the Backfire weakens.

    In the future when the PAK DA starts to replace the Bear and Backfire and the Blackjack is put into service in increasing numbers the need for the Backfire reduces even further and if there is an export potential it will be in the mid to late 2020s IMHO.

    By then who will want the Backfire?

    Well if Zircon or an export version comes with it... it might be very popular... but perhaps for 2 aircraft rather than 50.
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    Post  Giulio Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:07 pm

    I don't know if this was already posted:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8NxGCeFYXQ&feature=youtu.be
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    Post  George1 Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:27 pm

    d_taddei2 wrote:does anyone know if they still plan to sell Tu-22M3 to China or plan to sell it to anyone else?

    this plan was in early 2000s but now i guess China is looking sth better and have some R&D programs for new long-range bombers
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    Post  GarryB Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:14 am

    I agree that China could probably make a nice aircraft, but the Backfire is a useful little aircraft with high speed, good powerful engines, and by 2025 perhaps, very potent hypersonic versions of the Zircon missile...

    With its current upgrade the backfire will have a powerful radar and decent avionics and PGM capability with a range of land attack and anti ship missiles.

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