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Crimean air group will strengthen the Tu-22М3 missile carriers

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The squadron of Tu-22М3 long-range bombers will strengthen the strike force of the Air Force in the Crimea, said Interfax-AVN source in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.



“At this stage, it was considered sufficient to place a Tu-22M3 squadron at the airport in Crimea. Its combat capabilities will significantly strengthen aviation a cover in the Black Sea and the Black Sea, ”said the source.

He noted that “this is, among other things, one of the measures taken in response to the deployment of a US anti-missile base in Romania”.

“It is possible that in the future the grouping of Tu-22М3 in the Crimea will be increased to the regiment,” said the source.

On the eve, the defense ministry said that the antimissile anti-missile system base in Romania "will become the primary target for Russian attack weapons" in case of a US attack on the Russian Federation.

Another source in the Ministry of Defense previously stated to the agency that the base in Guards (Crimea) in 2016 would receive a naval missile-carrying air regiment. “Here will appear the necessary and sufficient number of sea-launched missile carriers. The need for them in the southern direction has always been, but right now there are suitable conditions for their return to the Crimea, which used to be called "the unsinkable aircraft carrier," he said.

Help Agency: “The Tu-22М3 is in service with parts of the Far and Maritime Rocket-bearing Aviation of Russia. Maximum take-off weight - tons of 124. Maximum payload weight - 24 tons. Maximum flight speed - 2000 km / h. Crew - four people. The armament complex is located inside the fuselage and at two points of the external suspension. Includes 10 guided air-to-surface, air-to-ship and air-to-radar class cruise missiles, bombs, and aircraft mines - up to 24 tons. ”
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  1. SAM 5
    SAM 5 22 July 2015 14: 03
    +11
    Crimean air group will strengthen the Tu-22М3 missile carriers

    This is a worthy gain good
    1. mQn
      mQn 22 July 2015 14: 05
      +3
      It is high time!!! We stock up on popcorn and see how EUROPEANS will whine about this news.
      1. Duke
        Duke 22 July 2015 14: 15
        +14
        long-range bomber tu-22m3
        PURPOSE AND SOLVED OBJECTIVES The Tu-22M3 long-range multi-mode missile bomber is designed to launch missile and bomb strikes in the operational zones of land and naval theaters of war against stationary and moving objects by guided missiles and aerial bombs, both singly and as part of a group of aircraft, at any time of the year and days, in simple and difficult weather conditions, with the counteraction of modern air defense systems and the use of electronic interference. It provides the defeat of optically visible and radar-contrast, single and area targets, in a wide range of speeds and altitudes. Tu-22M3 can solve the following main tasks: destruction (defeat) of military-industrial facilities in the deep operational rear of the theater of operations; destruction (defeat) of objects and targets of the opposing operational-strategic grouping of troops, aviation and air defense; isolation of the area of ​​hostilities and enemy strike forces from suitable operational and strategic reserves; destruction (defeat) of enemy naval groups in naval theaters of operations; participation in operations of fronts, fleets, air forces and air defense forces; conducting air reconnaissance using standard on-board electronic equipment and aerial equipment; active and passive jamming of attacking aircraft, controls and guidance of fighter-interceptors, as well as SAM systems. TACTICAL AND TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS TU-22M3 Modification of the Tupolev Tu-22M3. Developer country: USSR. Type: medium bomber. Armament: one 23-mm gun GSh-23 in the tail turret; maximum combat load of 24000 kg, including those placed in the KR X-22 bomb bay (NATO designation - AS-4 "Kitchen") with a nuclear or conventional warhead, short-range air defense surface class X-15 (AS-16 Kickback) ) or X-15P anti-radar missiles; FAB bombs, moreover, in the bomb bay it is allowed to place one bomb with a caliber of 9000 kg; other aircraft armament consists of air-to-surface missile defense class X-31A / P (AS-17 "Kripton") and X-35 (AS-20 "Kayak") Engines: two turbofan engines NK-25 with a thrust of 25020 kg each in afterburner mode. LTH: maximum speed of 2000 km / h; combat radius with a combat load of 12000 kg - 1850 km. Weight: empty 54000 kg; maximum take-off 130000 kg Dimensions: wingspan 34,3 m (with minimal sweep); length 39,6 m; height 6,5 m; wing area 170 m2 (with minimal sweep).
        1. eagle11
          eagle11 22 July 2015 14: 25
          +10
          Of course, the aircraft is interesting here with the nomenclature of weapons is not bad enough.
          Namely, the X-15 has long been gone, it even exists in the open press.
          X-22, well, very old, I will not say anything about sbch ...
          That's about the X-22 on a rotating, smiled, dear look at the size of the rocket and the size of the aircraft, I will tell you a secret, even one does not fit into the compartment, is in a half-flooded state. The truth is now they are increasingly hanging on the underwing ...
          1. just exp
            just exp 22 July 2015 15: 08
            +2
            now the X-32 is already approaching them.
            in any case, there were already pictures with them on the Tu-95.
            1. eagle11
              eagle11 22 July 2015 15: 18
              +4
              The "approach" is expected in 2020.
              1. ancient
                ancient 22 July 2015 19: 16
                +1
                Quote: eagle11
                The "approach" is expected in 2020.


                "Threatened" the first to the 17th, +! drinks
                1. ancient
                  ancient 22 July 2015 20: 57
                  +1
                  Quote: ancient
                  "Threatened" the first to the 17th,


                  Minussie .. well .. "come out .. sneaky coward" wassat

                  As the respected Sergey Ivanovich wrote drinks first and for now .. sole 45-03-1 wink

            2. ancient
              ancient 22 July 2015 19: 14
              +4
              Quote: just explo
              now the X-32 is already approaching them.


              It's .. already "on the way" .. lasts .. many, many years crying
              The main thing here is not the rocket, but the new PRNK ... not the "45th" bully

              LII'evskaya "laboratory" soldier



              Quote: just explo
              in any case, there were already pictures with them on the Tu-95.


              There was no ... you confused it with the X-101/102. For X-22 missiles, Tu-95s had only "Kama", but it has not been there for a long time crying

          2. ancient
            ancient 22 July 2015 19: 07
            +5
            Quote: eagle11
            That's about the X-22 on a rotating, smiled, dear look at the size of the rocket and the size of the aircraft, I will tell you a secret, even one does not fit into the compartment, is in a half-flooded state.


            Confirmation, +! drinks(very clickable .. VERY fellow )



            Quote: eagle11
            The truth is now they are more and more hung on underwing ...


            Try, as far as possible, not to use "hedgehogs" for hanging the ASP .... "eat a lot" wassat

        2. ancient
          ancient 22 July 2015 19: 01
          +5
          Quote: Duke
          long-range bomber tu-22m3


          Dear Duke! That's right, but ... forget about the X-15 a long time ago, but about the X-31 and X-35 ... is that where it comes from? belay
          By weight characteristics .. empty is not correct soldier the maximum take-off is the same soldier at maximum speed .. underestimated wink bombs not only fab soldier
          (I never got into a thin one, and I didn’t plan to use it with the Tu-22M (not from 2 or 3).
          Only 2 X 3000 tons, but better 8 X 1500 soldier

    2. Sasha 19871987
      Sasha 19871987 22 July 2015 14: 06
      +2
      the guarantee that the American fleet will not climb into our territory, for it will get in the ass ...
    3. Dangerous
      Dangerous 22 July 2015 14: 07
      +1
      So our Ministry of Defense, like a year ago, right after the annexation of Crimea, planned to deploy this type of aircraft in the Crimea. So I don’t see anything sensational here
    4. Kent0001
      Kent0001 22 July 2015 14: 09
      +1
      It is necessary to bring this information to the Gypsies, that if Che, then their asses will evaporate from this planet in the forefront ...
      1. kodxnumx
        kodxnumx 22 July 2015 15: 32
        +1
        Just the soul is singing! We are coming back.
    5. ferdiperdozzz
      ferdiperdozzz 22 July 2015 18: 55
      +1
      It would be necessary to return the refueling rods to them, which were removed in perestroika.
  2. akribos
    akribos 22 July 2015 14: 04
    +3
    In the press, rumors about the Tu-22m5 have long been circulated, unfortunately we will not see it in metal in any way. Sincerely.
    1. mQn
      mQn 22 July 2015 14: 07
      0
      I haven’t officially heard this. It would be better of course to create something new ....
      1. just exp
        just exp 22 July 2015 15: 13
        0
        I also never heard of the M5. (Now I read about the fact that the M5 is of the Tu-225 type, but really didn’t dig anything), but now it’s just put into service the M3M
        1. FID
          FID 22 July 2015 15: 51
          +4
          Quote: just explo
          I also never heard of the M5. (Now I read about the fact that the M5 is of the Tu-225 type, but really didn’t dig anything), but now it’s just put into service the M3M

          How did you get up already? M3M? And where is he standing?
          1. just exp
            just exp 22 July 2015 16: 50
            0
            since last year, it’s like upgrading 30 pieces.
            1. FID
              FID 22 July 2015 17: 13
              +4
              Quote: just EXPL
              since last year, it’s like upgrading 30 pieces.

              Namely, it’s like ... A decision has been made, but only one board has been finalized to the M3M version, but with problems, so you, my friend, are early ...
            2. ancient
              ancient 22 July 2015 19: 24
              +4
              Quote: just explo
              since last year, it’s like upgrading 30 pieces


              So far, only the Hephaestus is being upgraded soldier
              It's simple, well, by the way, as always .. our "media flyers" .... "got excited"







          2. Executer
            Executer 22 July 2015 17: 58
            -1
            The plans were for 2012 ... Read here:
            http://topwar.ru/21963-tu-22m3m-vtoraya-molodost-izvestnogo-bombardirovschika.ht

            ml
    2. Engineer
      Engineer 22 July 2015 14: 16
      +1
      why in rumors missed the Tu-22M4 and immediately took up the M5?
      1. FID
        FID 22 July 2015 15: 52
        +6
        Quote: Engineer
        why in rumors tu-22M4 missed

        There is a Tu-22M3 with ABSU-145 Ser. 4, a small series ....
    3. ancient
      ancient 22 July 2015 19: 21
      +2
      Quote: akribos
      In the press, rumors about the Tu-22m5 have long been circulated, unfortunately we will not see it in metal in any way. Sincerely.


      And you won't see it, because all the "Wishlist" on it .... "died" back in 1992 soldier , along with NK-32 engines and new X-SD missiles soldier (at first they wanted 4504 ... then they just "thought" about 4505, but ... that's how it ended).

      The only 4 crying (though the engines are old, NK-25)

  3. svetoruss
    svetoruss 22 July 2015 14: 04
    +1
    SchA Romanians will yell "and we are for sho?" (C)
    1. Walking
      Walking 22 July 2015 14: 09
      +1
      Quote: svetoruss
      SchA Romanians will yell "and we are for sho?" (C)


      And in Bulgaria, 1750 US Marines will be stationed, so the Bulgarians can also start yelling.
      1. lelikas
        lelikas 22 July 2015 14: 17
        +11
        Quote: Hiking
        And in Bulgaria, 1750 US Marines will be stationed, so the Bulgarians can also start yelling.


        Movie quote. The film is a prophecy.
      2. svetoruss
        svetoruss 22 July 2015 14: 17
        +4
        Quote: Hiking
        Quote: svetoruss
        SchA Romanians will yell "and we are for sho?" (C)


        And in Bulgaria, 1750 US Marines will be stationed, so the Bulgarians can also start yelling.

        They were freed from the Turkish yoke, on their own head ...
  4. Severomor
    Severomor 22 July 2015 14: 04
    +1
    Each "brother" on the machine))))
    Pshekam - Iskander, Romanian carcasses, Bulgarians - ?????
    1. Executer
      Executer 22 July 2015 17: 46
      +1
      Pshekam - Iskander, Romanian carcasses, Bulgarians - Drying! lol
  5. Lt. Air Force stock
    Lt. Air Force stock 22 July 2015 14: 05
    +2
    We need modern weapons Tu-22M3. Namely, the X-101, Caliber, aviation onyx. Of the existing range of weapons, the most long-range missile X-22 (600 km), which is not so much by modern standards (the United States has subsonic missiles, but they have a range of 1000-1600)
    1. just exp
      just exp 22 July 2015 15: 14
      0
      What American RCCs have a range of 1000-1600? otherwise I remember that the X-22 is a missile defense system, not a missile defense system. lrasm er hits 900-800 km.
    2. aleks 62
      aleks 62 22 July 2015 15: 52
      +2
      ..... Of the existing range of weapons the most long-range missile X-22 (600 km), ....

      ...... Practical less .... About 300km .... But this is enough, given that the entire regime is supersonic .... hi
      1. ancient
        ancient 22 July 2015 19: 37
        +1
        Quote: aleks 62
        .Practical less ...


        I agree, but only add .. substantially less soldier and then, only with the head "active" and from a great height, but from small ... completely sad crying

        Quote: aleks 62
        But this is quite enough, given that the entire regime is supersonic.


        Well, except for the release and set wink But the whole question is in the launch range and the ability of the ship's air defense .. to remove .. "carrier" recourse
    3. ancient
      ancient 22 July 2015 19: 34
      +2
      Quote: Lt. air force reserve
      We need modern weapons Tu-22M3.


      To do this, you need a modern and new PrNK, or do you still think that the ancient PNA and OPB-015T ... is this all of us? wassat

      Quote: Lt. air force reserve
      Namely, the X-101, Caliber, aviation onyx.


      Where are you going to "shove" them? request

      Quote: Lt. air force reserve
      long-range missile X-22 (600 km)


      Forget ... as a "bad dream" wassat
  6. Magic archer
    Magic archer 22 July 2015 14: 06
    +3
    It's time to return the air refueling system to him. Then he will turn into a strategist and will be able to "reach" any point in Europe
  7. Islander
    Islander 22 July 2015 14: 06
    +4
    But should long-range aviation advance to the front lines in peacetime? At the forefront of air defense should work. Long-range aviation is not a reinforcement of the outpost. Who to process - a neighboring village for 30 km? We in Crimea have such distances ...

    We would have C400 against large forces and some anti-aircraft guns with an optical sight - to shoot down drones. These gored really.

    Although ... as a psychological factor - no worse than the Iskander in the center of Europe (Kaliningrad). In Paris and London, they will definitely be "upset." laughing

    1. Abbra
      Abbra 22 July 2015 14: 18
      +6
      Colleague, do not you think that we are all isolated on information from the Internet? SOMETHING happens without messages in it ...
      1. ferdiperdozzz
        ferdiperdozzz 22 July 2015 19: 29
        0
        And so it should be.
        And if they didn’t write on Twitter, the rocket will not fly ...
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    3. SAM 5
      SAM 5 22 July 2015 14: 51
      0
      Who to process - a neighboring village for 30 km?

      I don’t think that their neighboring villages need to be pooled.
      1. Islander
        Islander 22 July 2015 21: 17
        0
        Then it cannot be called "strengthening the LOCAL grouping." fellow
    4. aleks 62
      aleks 62 22 July 2015 15: 55
      +2
      . Who to process - a neighboring village for 30 km? We in Crimea have such distances ...


      ... At one time, the aforementioned air division was aimed not so much at the Black Sea as at the Middle Sea .... 1-2 Ameri aircraft carriers constantly roamed there .... So they were aimed at them .... hi
      1. Islander
        Islander 22 July 2015 21: 22
        0
        They happily roam around.

        It’s just that the question was posed by an amateur - it’s not a strengthening of the Crimean group, but the solution of strategic tasks in the Mediterranean.
    5. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 22 July 2015 15: 59
      0
      Quote: Islander
      drones shoot down. These gored really.

      Do they snoop right? belay
      1. Islander
        Islander 22 July 2015 21: 20
        0
        Come over. Take a look.
        Any doubts?
  8. aszzz888
    aszzz888 22 July 2015 14: 07
    +2
    Well geyropa, congratulations !!!
    Oh, these do not miss !!!
  9. Zingvar
    Zingvar 22 July 2015 14: 09
    0
    It’s time to increase the aviation group.
  10. Alexey M
    Alexey M 22 July 2015 14: 10
    +2
    And from the taiga to the British seas, the Red Army is all the strongest !!!!
    Be I Commander-in-Chief I also posted in Kaliningrad !!!!!!!
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 22 July 2015 14: 14
      +1
      So it seems that in March they were thrown there?
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    3. SAM 5
      SAM 5 22 July 2015 17: 41
      +2
      Be I Commander-in-Chief I also posted in Kaliningrad !!!!!!!

      Yeah, even a vigorous war unleashed. belay You, uncle, are some kind of agitated militarist. wink
      1. Alexey M
        Alexey M 22 July 2015 18: 12
        0
        Of course we fuck it !! And more than once! The whole world is in ruins !!! But then ... tongue
        But seriously, the country, my land is mine and whom e ... where do I put my planes?
  11. jaguar
    jaguar 22 July 2015 14: 15
    +1
    I’ll fix it a bit ... the maximum speed of the Tu-33m3 is 2300km / h
    1. aleks 62
      aleks 62 22 July 2015 15: 58
      +1
      ..... I’ll fix it a bit ... the maximum speed of the Tu-33m3 is 2300km / h ....

      .... But not for long ..... This is not a cruising mode .... And so, from someone to flee, to break through the air defense .... lol
    2. FID
      FID 22 July 2015 16: 20
      +1
      Tu-33M3? You made a mistake in writing, but by going to the Tupolev website you can find out that Vmax = 2000 km / h and this is much closer to the truth. I have never heard of M = 1.8, but M = 1.2-1.3 is real.
    3. ancient
      ancient 22 July 2015 19: 38
      0
      Quote: jaguar
      I’ll fix it a bit ... the maximum speed of the Tu-33m3 is 2300km / h


      Advertising price wassat and then .. very very briefly soldier
  12. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 22 July 2015 14: 15
    +8
    It is high time. Crimea is our "unsinkable aircraft carrier" in the Black Sea. Now first of all
    it is necessary to strengthen the Black Sea Fleet, which since 1991 has turned into a "reserve" of various obsolete ships. And until new ships arrive, the main responsibility for covering the Crimea is, of course, assigned to the aviation and coastal forces. It is for this purpose that the Bastion and Bal ballistic missile systems were transferred to Crimea, and Sotka was restored. The aviation component of the group has been strengthened, in addition to the Black Sea Fleet aviation, reinforced with the latest Su-30SM, 38 IAPs were formed at the Belbek airfield, consisting of 12 Su-27P and S12 u-27SM fighters, 3 Su-27UB, 2 Su-30M2. At the same time, the border guards are being strengthened. For comparison:
    Balaclava dill

    Balaclava healthy person
    1. lelikas
      lelikas 22 July 2015 14: 19
      +1
      Quote: Novel 1977
      Balaclava is healthy
      wow man
    2. Samaritan
      Samaritan 22 July 2015 14: 20
      +2
      Yesterday I was in Balaclava, one of the most beautiful places on earth)))
    3. Abbra
      Abbra 22 July 2015 14: 49
      +3
      ... now first of all
      necessary ..


      We are listening, Comrade Admiral! All that is necessary, effort! Allow the question: how are you on the couch?
    4. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 22 July 2015 16: 02
      +1
      Quote: Novel 1977
      Balaclava dill

      Such a normal museum, we have, the 205s have recently been decommissioned. And 10410 is still in the service. wassat
      Quote: Novel 1977
      Balaclava healthy person

      Well here is just a nest of light elves. smile yes
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  14. svb1261
    svb1261 22 July 2015 14: 33
    +1
    Cool news !!! It is high time to strengthen the self-grouping in the Crimea ... Tremble Geyropa !!! Ohhh ... how much whining will rise !!!
  15. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 22 July 2015 14: 43
    +2
    Horror))) It seems that soon there will be no free space in Crimea))) A Tu-22M-3 YES regiment is deployed, and their regiment is from naval aviation, and fighters, and Iskanders, Balls, Bastions etc.)))
    laughing
    It will turn out in the Crimea a more powerful grouping than the combined armies of dill, Romanians and Bulgarians)))
    1. lukke
      lukke 22 July 2015 15: 15
      0
      Horror))) It seems that soon there will be no free space in Crimea))) A Tu-22M-3 YES regiment is deployed, and their regiment is from naval aviation, and fighters, and Iskanders, Balls, Bastions etc.)))
      we still do not reach the level of the grouping of the times of the USSR in Crimea), especially in the fleet
    2. finderector
      finderector 22 July 2015 20: 25
      0
      Nowadays 80-90 there were three garrisons with TU 22 m 2,3 planes
      1. ancient
        ancient 22 July 2015 20: 41
        +1
        Quote: finderektor
        Nowadays 80-90 there were three garrisons with TU 22 m 2,3 planes


        In our time, there were only 2 regiments on the Tu-22M3 (these are in Vesyolye and Oktyabrsky, the 5th and 943rd, they used to be part of the 2nd MRAD, then after the "death" of the division, they became separate) only 943 -th managed to fly and 2-kah, because. from the MRA, he was the very first to retrain them .... 5th immediately on the M3.
        One disbanded in '94, the second in '96 crying soldier

        Regards, but hi
    3. ancient
      ancient 22 July 2015 20: 28
      +1
      Quote: Stroibat stock
      their regiment from naval aviation,


      First you need to "recreate" the MRA, successfully "reformed" in 2011 ... guess who was the Supreme Command at that time? wink

      The extreme of the "Mohicans" who survived to this period was the 5th Kirkenes Red Banner Naval Missile-Carrying Aviation Division (Olenegorsk, Murmansk region).
      In the 1960s and 1980s The basis of the combat power of the 5th mrad was the Tu-16 missile carriers, upgraded to the K-10-16 version, and by the beginning of the 1990s. two regiments of the compound were re-equipped with Tu-22M type machines.
      The third regiment of the division (978th ​​mrap in Severomorsk-3) continued to fly in Tu-16 type vehicles (officially withdrawn from service in Russia in 1994).
      As of 1.01.2000, the 5th mrad included two naval missile carrier regiments (with 40 Tu-22M3 aircraft), the number of personnel of the division was 1200.

      547th Pechenga twice Red Banner Marine Missile Aviation Regiment (Katunino [Lakhta], near Arkhangelsk).
      At 1.01.2000 with a staff of 550 people. The regiment had 20 Tu-22M3 combat aircraft.

      924th Guards Kirkenes Red Banner Marine Missile Aviation Regiment (Olenegorsk, Murmansk Region). At 1.01.2000 with a staff of 540 people. 924th Guards the mrap had 20 Tu-22M3 missile carriers

      The planes were transferred to YES, but the personnel ... the majority are retired recourse

  16. gloomy fox
    gloomy fox 22 July 2015 15: 14
    0
    what a handsome man! America envy silently on the sidelines unevenly smoking Marlboro))
    1. sells
      sells 22 July 2015 15: 41
      -3
      It never occurred to us that America was ... Think about it
  17. Zomanus
    Zomanus 22 July 2015 16: 23
    0
    Wo, good news. From under the water with Caliber, from the air with other missiles. I wonder if our highly praised electronic warfare systems will be able to "reach" the Romanian radars?
  18. NEXUS
    NEXUS 22 July 2015 17: 05
    +2
    In fact, Crimea is the largest and unsinkable AUG in the world. There is also an attack wing and support and cover. Strengthening is always good. In addition, Europe will think twice.
  19. kartalovkolya
    kartalovkolya 22 July 2015 17: 11
    0
    "Everyone imagines himself to be a strategist, seeing the battle from the outside", no need to run ahead of the locomotive! Source in min. Defense said, or maybe it's just a test for "lice", that's when they post, then we'll talk! And now, as in that proverb: "The hen is in the nest, and the testicle ... well, you know where"! Otherwise, everything would be competent and would correspond to the security of our south-western borders! Forward and only forward!
  20. serezhasoldatow
    serezhasoldatow 22 July 2015 17: 47
    0
    And before there were three regiments, but still +++
  21. pvv113
    pvv113 22 July 2015 17: 59
    +1
    The air force strike force in Crimea will be strengthened by a squadron of long-range Tu-22M3 bombers

    Over the years, in our regiment, the number of vehicles in the squadron varied from 6 to 10. In general, the Tu-22M3 is a wonderful aircraft! good
  22. alex80
    alex80 22 July 2015 21: 06
    +1
    Quote: just EXPL
    now the X-32 is already approaching them.
    in any case, there were already pictures with them on the Tu-95.

    About TU-95 laughing
    A pilot of one of two Russian Tu-95 bombers who approached the coast of California on July 4, US Independence Day, delivered a congratulatory message, which the US military regarded as a hidden threat, reports The Washington Free Beacon, citing sources in the US military and regional command.
    According to the publication, the American side sent two F-15 fighter jets to intercept Russian aircraft, approaching a distance of 40 miles to the coast of California.
    A message from a Russian pilot, received by them on an emergency frequency, said: "Good morning, American pilots! We are here to congratulate you on your Independence Day!" According to the newspaper, representatives of the US Department of Defense regarded this message as "caustic."