Tu-22M2 Backfire B (Tu-26). First flight: 1973 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photo from the personal collection of Kostas Panitsidis


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On May 7, 1973, the Tu-22M2 Backfire B made its maiden flight, with improvements in flight and navigation control systems and armament systems. equipped with more powerful NK-22 engines, modern equipment, interaction with the navigation complex NK-45.

 

Tu-22M2 Backfire B (Tu-26) © Konstantinos Panitsidis

In 1976, the aircraft joined the forces of the Air Force and the Navy. A total of 211 units were built. All aircraft remained active until the mid-1990s.

 

Armament:

- two 23 mm radar guided machine gun Gsh-23L in the tail of the aircraft.
- special pds under the fuselage and wings for carrying 3 missiles Kh-22 (one under the fuselage and two under the wings).

 


THREE-VIEW DRAWING

Tu-22M2 Backfire B (Tu-26) © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Tupolev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Long range Bomber
CREW
4
POWER-PLANT
Two bypass engine NK-22
Thrust, kgf
2 x 22.000
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
41,46
Height, m
11,05
Wing span, m
 
- minimum 20ο
34,28
- maximum 65ο
23,30
Wing area, m2
 
- minimum 20ο
183,60
- maximum 65ο
175,70
WEIGHT
 
Maximum take-off, kg
126.000
Normal take-off, kg
112.000
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h (10.000 m)
1.800
Cruising speed, km/h (missile Kh-22Μ, Tu-22M2)
1.660
Service ceiling, m
13.300
Combat range, km (missile 1xKh-22), km
 
- subsonic speed
5.100
- supersonic speed
1.630
ARMAMENT 2 x 23 mm cannon GSh-23L. Warload-24.000 kg (maximum ) and 12.000 kg (normal), 1-3 x Kh-22M.

 


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