Tupolew / Tupolev Tu-22M

Strategic Bomber

Tupolew / Tupolev Tu-22M-3, Russian Air Force © Dmitriy Pichugin
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The Tupolev Tu-22M is a twin-engined supersonic strategic bomber developed by the Soviet Design Bureau OKB Tupolev.
The Tu-22M is a development of the Tu-22 with swing-wings. The maximum bomb load is 24.000 kg / 52.910 lbs.
Propulsion2 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelKuznetsov NK-25
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
142,2 / 245,2 kN31968 / 55123 lbf
Speed2000 km/h1080 kts
  1243 mph
Service Ceiling13.300 m43.635 ft
Range5.100 km2.754 NM
3.169 mi.
Empty Weight47.175 kg104.003 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight126.400 kg278.664 lbs
Wing Span34,28 m112 ft 6 in
Wing Area183,6 m1976 ft
Length42,46 m139 ft 4 in
Height11,05 m36 ft 3 in
First Flight1969
Production Statusout of production
Total Production512
NATO CodeBackfire
Data for (Version)Tupolev / Tupolew Tu-22M-3