Specifications Soviet Designation TU-22M0 TU-22M1 TU-22M2 TU-22M3 US-Designation Backfire A Backfire A Backfire B Backfire C Design Bureau OKB-156 Tupolev Manufacturer Plant Nr. 22 Kazan Approved Development began 1967 First Flight 8/30/1969 6/1/1971 1972 6/20/1977 Series production 1971 1973-1983 From 1977 on Date deployed Not deployed 1976 1976 1981 Crew 4 men Unit cost Power Plant Two NK-144-22 turbojet engines Two NK-22 turbojet engines Two NK-22 turbojet engines Two NK-25 turbojet engines Thrust 20.000kg each 22.000kg each 22.000kg each 25.000kg each Length 41.5m 41.5m 41.46m 42.46m Height 11.05m Wingspan (minimum) 22.75m 25m 25m 23.3m Wingspan (maximum) 31.6m 34.28 m 34.28 m 34.28 m Wing surface 183.5sqm (at minimum sweep), 175.8sqm (at maximum sweep) Speed (cruise) 900km/h 900km/h Speed (maximum) 1.530km/h 1.660km/h 1.800km/h 2.300km/h Ceiling 13.000m 14.000m Weight (empty) 53,500kg Fuel weight Maximum take-off weight 121.000kg 122.000kg 122.000kg 126.400kg Normal load 6.000kg Maximum load 24.000kg Operational Range [Russian Sources] 4,140km 5,000km 5,100km 7,000km Combat Radius unrefueld [US estimates] 4,000-5,000 km [DIA] 3,360-3,960 km [CIA] Armament: Two GSH-23 (23mm) guns One to three H-22 missiles two GSH-23 (23mm) guns One to three H-22 missiles six to ten H-15 missiles 24.000 kg of 250-9,000kg free fall bombs one double-barrelled GSH-23 (23mm) guns

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