About 30 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers from Russia's Long Range Aviation fleet will be modernized by 2020© RIA Novosti. Sergey Piatakov
MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti)
About 30 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers from Russia's Long Range Aviation fleet will be modernized by 2020, Russian Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Tuesday.
"We plan to upgrade about 30 strategic bombers to the M3M standard,” Drik said.
Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name Backfire-C) is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region.
The Tu-22M3 has a flight range of 6,800 km (4,300 miles) and can carry a 24,000 kg (52,910 lb) payload, including nuclear bombs and cruise missiles fitted with nuclear or conventional warheads. Aircraft of the M3M standard can be equipped with a wider range of weapons.
As of 2008, the Russian Air Force had at least 141 Tu-22M3 bombers in service.
Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, commander of Long Range Aviation, earlier said that Russia's strategic aviation fleet will undergo extensive modernization while Russia’s next generation strategic bomber, the PAK DA, is being developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau.
He said the modernized aircraft will be equipped with new equipment, communications systems, cockpits and avionics.
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- firstname.lastname@example.orgGood to hear19:43, 31/01/2012All of Russia's armed forces need to be upgraded and ready for the beginning of potential energy conflicts in 2020 and extending to 2030.
- p2o2rianGood to Hear? Good Lord! Just contrary!06:40, 01/02/2012Russian Forces should have been upgraded up to 2010, not 10 years later.
America's ramping up her military resources in close vicinity of Russia on unprecedented scale, "for any contingency" reportedly, which is a damn lie. They're readying to strike - Baluchistan (Iran/Pakistan, China!), Iran's Hormuz area or Syria. You bet!
Damn! The beautiful and mighty aircraft should be reequipped with air-refueling systems (even secretly) 10 years ago. And not 30 but 130 of them should be revamped, upgraded, refurbish with the latest nuclear cruise missiles to balance US-RF nuclear parity after loosing one of their submarines and not having in battle readiness latest generation of subs (horribly delayed).
But knowing Russians I'm sure they have other trumps in their sleeves. Contrary vision is unthinkable! Otherwise USrael Empire would do on the Middle East in 2012 whatever they wished or planned to do in the past few years.
From security point of view PA DA is still a myth not a real thing. Just as Su-35 is the 4++ generation fighter. There exist no one wing of the aircraft, it's a Russian media hype, not a real threat.
I only hope that the latest commotion with so called "anti-Putin protesters" which caught the eyes of Western media is a cute smoke screen for the Russian speedy military armament.
What worries me is the quote below from FT.com
UN urged to endorse Syria transition plan
Quote - "However, there were other confusing signals emerging from Moscow, with Mr Lavrov saying Mr Assad was “not Russia’s friend or ally”. Although Russia would not ask the Syrian president to resign, he added, it had “never claimed Assad’s further tenure is a prerequisite for crisis settlement in Syria”."