Aircrafts / Bombers / Russia / Tu-22 Blinder


Number of Engines 2
Total Thrust (kg) 50 000
Length (m) 42.46
Height (m) 11.05
Wingspan (m) 34.28
Top Speed (km/h) 2 000
Ceiling (m) 13 300
Max. Takeoff Weight (kg) 124 000
Range (km) 7 000
Crew 4
Date Deployed 1983
Unit Cost ($) 42 500 000
Overview Background

NATO revealed the existence of a Soviet variable geometry bomber programme autumn 1969; prototype observed July 1970 on the ground near Kazan manufacturing plant, western Russia; confirmed subsequently as twin-engined design by Tupolev OKB; at least two prototypes built, with first flight estimated 1969, up to 12 pre-production models by early 1973, for development testing, weapons trials and evaluation; production has been 30 a year.

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