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Tu-22 BLINDER (TUPOLEV)


Specifications
Design Bureau OKB Tupolev
Manufacturer Plant Nr. 22 Kazan
Power Plant
  • Two VD-7M or
  • Two RD-7M-2 turbojet engines
  • Thrust
  • 16,000kg
  • 16,500kg
  • Length 41.6 m
    42.6 m with air refueling
    Height 10-10.7 m
    Wingspan 23.5 m
    Wing Surface 163.2sqm
    Crew [3 in tandem]
  • One pilot
  • one navigator/systems officer
  • rear gunner
  • Soviet Designation Tu-22B
    TU-22RM
    Tu-22K TU-22P Tu-22U TU-22RDM
    US-Designation Blinder A Blinder B Blinder C Blinder D Blinder E
    Mission Basic Medium Bomber

    Air Refueling Tanker

    Kitchen ASM Carrier Maritime Recce Aircraft Tandem Trainer Recce Aircraft
    Development Began August 1954
    First Flight 6/21/1958
    Series Production 1959-1969
    Date Deployed 1962 1967 1962 1968?
    Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight (kg) 85500 94000 84100 84100
    Operational Wt. Empty (kg) 39050 41000-48100 41000 39050
    Fuel weight [kg] 42,500 42,500
    Fuel Capacity (gal) 13,60012,350 34,00013,600
    Combat Radius (km) Unrefueled 2450 1300-2200 4400 n.a.
    Maximum Range [km] 5,650
    7,150
    (with air refueling)
    4900
    Normal Load 3000 5850
    Maximum Payload (kg) 12000 12000 4500 n.a.
    Altitude Over Target (m) 11000 11000 12750 n.a.
    Ceiling 13,300-14,700 meters
    Speed Cruise 832 825 835 n.a.
    Speed Combat 1610 1570 910 n.a.
    Speed Maximum
  • 1510 km/h (with VD-7M engines)
  • 1610km/h (with RD-7M-2 engines)
  • Armament: Primary Bombs from 250kg up to 9.000kg or nuclear bombs One H-22 missile
    Armament: Secondary One R-23 (23mm) gun



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