The other day The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article on the correspondence of the foreign Ministry with the U.S. Senate on the modernization of long-range supersonic missile-bomber Tu-22M3M.
In particular, the Russian foreign Ministry tried to convince the Senate that modernization of the Tu-22M3M does not violate the requirements of start III and gives it the potential of strategic bombers.
In fact, according to the arguments of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, modernization of the Tu-22M3M implies the extension of the service life of these aircraft, and the installation of modern equipment and up-to-navigation, flight control of the aircraft and weapons. At the same time, neither of which increase the flight range of the bomber is out of the question, as well as the possibility of placing it on cruise missiles with a range of over 600 km and ability to carry a nuclear warhead, which would violate the contract start-3.
Well, writing to explore is very interesting because it shows once again how false the foreign Ministry, and that trust in him shall be equal not to zero, and leave in a deep minus. But about all under the order.
First, you should understand that the project Tu-22M3M still based on the Soviet project of modernization of these aircraft under the name M4. That’s only in the late 1980s, when the Soviet Union was writhing in its death throes, the project had to close, but now it revived. But I wonder not that the upgrading of the Tu-22 is a resuscitation of the Soviet corpse, and the fact that the project Tu-22M4 meant the updates flight and strike capabilities of the aircraft to the level of the Tu-160! In particular, the installation of the engine NK-32, which would increase the flight range of Tu-22 to 12 thousand km and more.
Of course, in the conditions of modern scientific-technical potential of Russia, representing only a pitiful semblance of inter-ethnic intellectual monolith of the Soviet Union, the implementation of the placement in the airframe of the Tu-22M3M NK-32 engines is in doubt, but this fact should be taken into account. However, we go further!
Second, even if we exclude the option of changing the airframe of the Tu-22 to implement the installation of NK-32, by itself, upgrading М3М meant the location on the plane rods of the in-flight refueling. That is, without changing their TTX range, the Tu-22M3M has the ability to increase it by refueling in the air.
And in the third, and most interesting weapons! As written in a letter to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Tu-22M3M will not be a carrier of cruise missiles with a nuclear warheadwith a flight range of over 600 km And it is an obvious and blatant lie, since the Tu-22M3M not only designed, but even tested to date with cruise missiles X-32, which not only have a range of up to 1000 km, but may be armed instead of explosive-cumulative penetrating warhead – nuclear, with a capacity of up to 1 megaton.
It is also known that hardware upgrades on the Tu-22M3M is carried out with the purpose of installation on the aircraft of the so-called hypersonic missiles X-47M2 “Dagger”, in fact, analogous to the missiles PTRC “Iskander”, air-based, which are known to significantly exceed the range of 600 km.
But because the letter of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation according to its value and credibility is not worth a damn, I hope the Senate understands, thanks to a sufficient amount of information from its own sources. But the fact that wolves continue to try on sheepskin coats – an indisputable fact. However, this specific fact is more refers not to wolves, but rather to the gathering of animators.