Russia deploys Tu-22M3 in Crimea
- March 20, 2019
Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to the Crimea.
Chairman of Russia’s upper house Defense and Security Committee Viktor Bondarev ” Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have been deployed at the air base in Crimea’s Gvardeiskoye in response to the US missile defense deployment in Romania” said on Monday.
Russia’s state-of-the-art missile systems, including S-300 and S-400, Buk-M2, Pantsir-S1 and two modifications of [nuclear capable] Iskander, have also been stationed at the peninsula, he added.
Designed as a long-range bomber in the Soviet era, Tu-22 made its first flight in 1962. The newest model of the aircraft, Tu-22M3, put into service in the 1990s.
Tu-22M3 has a length of 42.4m, maximum wing span of 34.2m, and a height of 11.05m. The empty weight and maximum takeoff weights of the aircraft are 53,500kg and 126,400kg respectively.