Tu-22M3 attracted to the destruction of aircraft carriers

Range Aviation Air Force will be with the air hunt for enemy naval groups

Long-range aircraft of Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 attracted nichtozheniyu sea targets. According to "Izvestia" a source in the Main Command of the Russian Navy, long-range bombers, Tu-22M3 missile successfully hit the target training exercises of the Northern Fleet. Now they are back to doing one of the main tasks of combat for this type of aircraft — from the air unitozheniyu enemy ships, especially aircraft carriers. 

— Previously, these planes were in the Navy Naval Aviation. But in 2011 they were transferred to the Air Force. Now the "ground" pilots began to carry out naval tasks in a new capacity — said the representative in the Main Command of the Navy

In the main headquarters of the Air Force to "News" explained that under the anti-tasks will be sharpened all the armed Tu-22M3 — about 40 cars. 

— In fact, this plane and was developed as "aircraft carrier killer". Just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, these problems have faded into the background, and in general, the fleet Avicenna was a stepdaughter.

Recall that Tu-22M was established in 1969 at the height of the "cold war" with the United States as a carrier of the supersonic Kh-22 (Ha-22, rather than the X-22), designed to destroy American avianesuscheh cruisers. To search the massive ship on the water surface in a missile homing system was built for radio-goal. After a few years improved the missile to destroy ground targets.

However, until 2012 antiship feature planes practically not used — recent fire at naval targets were conducted in 1989. Therefore, all the pilots of the Tu-22M3, including those who went along with aircraft from the Navy to the Air Force, learning to "work" on enemy ships "from scratch."

— Until 2012, the pilots of our aviation group was not even the theoretical skills of flying over the sea. We only practiced hitting ground targets. Now we already know how to navigate and search for enemy ships. In April of this year practiced missile launches X-22N at surface targets — told "Izvestia" one of the pilots of the Tu-22M3.

According to the pilot, from the beginning of 2012, the Tu-22M3 each month make a training patrol over the Sea of Japan and the Barents Sea. 

— It is further assumed that the long-range aviation will work against naval enemy targets at once complex and all types of their aircraft. Tu-22M3 will hunt ships, and strategic raketanostsy Tu-95 and Tu-160 — to destroy ports and naval bases, — explained the "Izvestia", the representative of the High Command of the Russian Navy.

According to him, the Tu-22M3 can detect and deal a blow to the enemy ships within 2 thousand miles from the airfield, and Tu-95MS and Tu-160 new cruise missiles X-101, can destroy even well-protected naval base enemy at a distance of up to 10 thousand km from the start. In surface and submarine naval forces this is not possible, short of nuclear weapons, which in local conflicts will not apply.

According to the editor of profile edition of "Rise" by Vladimir Shcherbakov, long-range aircraft in the Air Force a few times will increase the combat capabilities of the Russian Navy.

— In the Soviet Navy ship to destroy enemy forces in the far sea zone had submarines and missile-carrying aircraft. Now, the submarine fleet decreased significantly and can not solve these problems. After the transfer of the Navy sea missile in the Russian Air Force long-range bombers were the only element that can solve this problem — said the "News" Vladimir Shcherbakov.

According to the British National Military Balance in service with the Russian Air Force currently has 16 Tu-160 aircraft, 32 Tu-95MS (60 of them in storage), as well as 115 bombers Tu22M3, of which only 40 can fly.

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