For the sake of precision missiles bomber will change all the electronics
Russian Air Force will make long-range bomber Tu-22M3 in high-precision weapons. To do this, it will change all the electronics and equip probably a new cruise missile Kh-32. The new car will receive a complete set another letter "M" to the title and it will be named Tu-22M3M.
— Do you remember what was different from the Tu-22 Tu-22M? These are two completely different aircraft. The same story here — told "Izvestia" a representative of one of the companies involved in the modernization of the aircraft.
According to the representative of the Air Force to control the modified aircraft pilots will retrain two or three months in the Ryazan strategic aviation training center.
— The process of re-education standard. They will need to master the electronic devices, new weapons control systems, navigation and control of the situation around the aircraft. All information will be displayed on the electronic display, the pilot will simply select the mode and purpose of launching, as in computer games — said the "Izvestia".
He added that 2020 is planned to modernize 30 Tu-22M3 by installing the equipment at the new base and adapted for the extended range weapons.
First Vice-President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Doctor of Military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov said in an interview with "Izvestia" that such modernization involves the replacement of weapons control systems, navigation and communication, and is from 30 to 50% of the price of the aircraft.
At the same time upgrading 30 machines will improve the combat capabilities of the fleet of Tu-22M3 by 20%, he said.
— 30 aircraft only enough to bring down a U.S. aircraft carrier and sink a few escorts. Modernization of the entire fleet would increase its capacity by 100-120% for offshore facilities and 2-3 times on land — said Sivkov.
He suggested that the new missile X-32 will look for the purpose "under the wing" aircraft, as well as previous X-22. After firing the rocket engine on its own can reach the goal within a few hundred kilometers. At the same time detect and shoot down a missile is almost impossible.
— In Georgia, we have lost the Tu-22M3 only because he had to go into a zone defense organized to carry out the attack. And from this zone is almost impossible to get out — said Konovalov.
According to him, the rocket was able to get into the ground to a few hundred kilometers, it must either know the exact coordinates and move in them, constantly updating its position in space by satellite, or someone has to constantly highlight this goal, and the rocket will move from the reflected signal.
There is a third, the correlation system when the rocket is loaded into memory a detailed map of the route and the image of the target you want to hit, and the missile in flight takes off the terrain over which the flies, and constantly compares the data with a map of the route, said Konovalov.