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Russia updates Tu-22M3 bombers’ missiles to receive new payload: Aviation Commander

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Missiles for Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic bombers have been updated to receive a new payload with an increased weight up to 1,700 kilograms, Russia’s Long-Range Aviation Commander Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash said on Sunday.

“The next aircraft is Tu-22M3. We have updated this missile with a new payload which will increase its capacity to 1,700 kilos," he said according to state news agency TASS. This was during a visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the Knevichi airfield in Russia’s Far East.


The Tu-22M3 is a long-range multi-mode missile-carrying bomber designed to engage ground and naval targets across the entire range of the aircraft’s speed from high, medium and low altitudes, according to TASS.

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Lately, Russia has been upgrading and modernizing its military weapons, systems and vehicles, vessels and aircraft. A recent announcement was the Modernized one-seater Su-25SM which is designed to support troops day and night in any weather.

The Su-25SM is distinguished from the basic Su-25 model by the addition of an onboard navigational and targeting Bars PrNK-25SM complex and GLONASS satellite navigation. The cockpit has been upgraded with multifunctional displays and a new windshield indicator instead of the old sights. The aircraft is armed with a 30mm twin-barreled GSh-302 air gun. Its maximum speed at the ground is 975 km/h; it has a range of 500 km. The aircraft has two RD-195 turbojet engines with a 4500 kgf thrust at the maximum regime each, according to TASS.

Another example is the Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate which is a modernized project 1155 frigate that used to be a large anti-submarine ship prior to the upgrade. The complete overhaul carried out in 2021 increased the frigate’s combat capabilities. In addition to anti-submarine and anti-aircraft weapons, the frigate carries unique 3S14 launchers for Kalibr, Tsirkon and Oniks cruise missiles; the Uran anti-ship system; the Otvet anti-submarine missile system as well as modern artillery and EW weapons, according to TASS.

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