Russia launched a new hypersonic missile from the board of Tu-22M3 bomber

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MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia has tested a new hypersonic aircraft missile from a board of Tu-22M3 bomber-missile carrier, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing a TASS source from the military-industrial complex.

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He refused to disclose any details, noting only that this product does not belong to the X-32 cruise missile range and is “completely different.” Work on a new ammunition, he said, began several years ago.

The source explained that the missile will go into service with the upgraded Tu-22M3M.

Earlier it became known that two types of aircraft hypersonic missiles are being developed in Russia. One of the missiles was called the “Dagger” and is used on the MiG-31K fighter. The second is created for the fifth-generation fighter Su-57, its name and characteristics are unknown.

The long-range multi-mode bomber-bomber Tu-22M3, designed to destroy ground and sea targets from high, medium and low altitudes, was adopted in 1989. A total of 268 aircraft of this modification were produced. Tu-22M3 bombers participated in air strikes against terrorists in Syria.

Up to the level of Tu-22M3M, it is planned to upgrade about 30 Tu-22M3 aircraft. Updated cars will receive modern avionics and armaments. It was reported that in the future, the Tu-22M3M will be equipped with hypersonic missiles of the Dagger aviation complex, the range of which is estimated at three thousand kilometers as part of the bomber carrier.

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The first flight of the Tu-22M3M made in December 2018 in Kazan. The rollout of the first bomber-rocket carrier took place in August of the same year.

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