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The first flight of the heavily revised Russian bomber Tupolev Tu-22M3M took place on December 28 at Kazan Airfield and lasted 37 minutes. The Russian aviation holding OAK had presented the new version in mid-August. According to previous plans, 30 Tu-22s (NATO designation "Backfire") are to be upgraded to the new version. During the modernization, the aircraft are completely dismantled.

You will receive new avionics, navigation and EloKa systems, around 80 percent of the equipment will be replaced. In order to increase the range, air refueling was also reactivated. The new equipment enables better interaction with the Tu-160 bomber. Russia currently still operates 70 T-22s that were introduced in the 1970s and are now in dire need of modernization.

Peter Preylowski