Tu-128 Fiddler Heavy fighter-interceptor. First flight: 1961 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

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NATO reporting name: Fiddler

 

Two-seater, heavy fighter-interceptor, equipped with the “Smerch” radar system, developed on the basis of the Tu-98 supersonic bomber. The first flight of the prototype took place was made on March 18, 1961. To adopted by the USSR Air Defense in 1965 and remained in service until 1990 (1992).

The main equipment of the aircraft was the radar control system for missile weapons RP-S "Smerch", with a target detection range of 50 km and target acquisition of 30-40 km.

 

Tu-128 Fiddler © Konstantinos Panitsidis

The power plant of the aircraft consists of two gas turbine engines AL-7F-2 series 0, 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7. The maximum afterburner thrust was 10.100 kgf, with a specific fuel consumption of 2,25 kg/kgf*h. The maximum thrust in the without afterburner mode is 6.900 kgf, with a fuel consumption of - 0,96 kg / kgf * h. The length of the engine is 6.630 mm, the diameter of the engine is 1.250 mm and the mass of one engine with units was 2.454 kg.

The aircraft's fuel was were installed in ten fuselage soft tanks and two wing fuel tanks. The tanks are designed for 15.500 kg of fuel.

 

The armament of the aircraft consisted of four homing air-to-air missiles of the R-4RM and R-4TM types.

The armament of the aircraft consisted of four homing air-to-air missiles of the R-4RM and R-4TM types.

Type missile (medium-range missiles) R-4RM R-4TM
Length, m 5,53 5,53
Diameter, m 0,34 0,34
Fin span, m 1,45 1,45
Weight, kg 512,5 502
Warhead weight, kg 53,5 53,5
Launch range, km 2-25 15

 

Note: According to the Western media (of that time), missiles with a passive guidance system were being developed to hit targets up to 40 km.

 


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Tu-128 Fiddler © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Tupolev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Heavy fighter-interceptor
CREW
2
POWER-PLANT
Two jet engine AL-7F-2
Thrust, kgf
 
- with afterburning
10.100
- without afterburner
6.900
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
30,06
Height, m
7,15
Wing span, m
17,53
Wing area, m2
96,94
WEIGHT
 
Maximum take-off, kg
43.000
Normal take-off, kg
40.000
Empty aircraft, kg
24.500
Internal fuel, kg
15.500
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
 
- with guided missiles
1.655
- without missiles
1910
Range, km
2.565
Service ceiling, m
15.600
ARMAMENT Two R-4RM air-to-air missiles and two R-4TM missiles.