The project of deep modernization of the bombers before the modification of the Tu-22М3М is implemented according to the schedule. In 2018, we are starting flight tests.- Said the source agency.
Then, in the same year, the modernization of aircraft in service will begin- he stressed.
Earlier, the general director of PJSC "Tupolev" (part of the United Aircraft Building Corporation) Alexander Konyukhov said that the first modernized long-range supersonic bomber-carrier Tu-22М3М will be presented in 2018 year.
According to official figures, Russia has more 100 missile carriers Tu-22М3. Up to 2020, about 30 aircraft will be upgraded to modify the Tu-22М3М, the Russian Defense Ministry said earlier.
The Russian military actively used the Tu-22М3 for strikes against ISIS (banned in the Russian Federation) in Syria - the planes took off from the territory of the Russian Federation, flew over the territory of Iran and Iraq and inflicted a group strike on the terrorists.
Long-range Tu-22М3 bombers showed high efficiency in Syria. These multi-mode rocket carriers work great both alone and as a team.- said earlier to Interfax the ex-commander-in-chief of the All-Union Military Space Forces of the Russian Federation, the head of the Committee on Defense and Security of the Federation Council, Viktor Bondarev.