Russia unveils new supersonic STRIKE BOMBER as UK tensions with Putin ROCKET
RUSSIA has unveiled a prototype of its new nuclear-armed jet fighter as the race for the next generation of high-tech strike aircraft hots up.
The Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range variable sweep-wing AI-equipped strike bomber is designed to destroy ground and sea targets with supersonic guided missiles and bombs at any time of day and in any weather as well as able to deliver nuclear strikes.
Kremlin military officials said the fighter is due to go into service in 2021 after the rollout ceremony at Gorbunov Aviation Plant in Kazan.
The supersonic aircraft – fitted with deadly new generation missiles – is a “deep modernisation” of the Tupolev Tu-22M3 which has been used extensively to pound rebels in Syria.
The upgrading means the bomber can be navigated up to eight times more accurately and will target missiles up to ten times more precisely and can reach an altitude of 14 miles.
Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian upper house’s Defence and Security Committee, said: “All radio-electronic equipment is being modernised.
“The most important thing is that the planes are being adapted for carrying modern Kh-32 heavy supersonic missiles.”
The unveiling comes a few weeks after Britain reinforced its position at the vanguard of defence aerospace with the release of stunning ultra high-tech Tempest fighter jet.
Defence expert Francis Tusa described it as “one of the single most significant weapons being launched in the last 25 years” when a full-scale mock-up of the sleek twin-engined aircraft went on display at Farnborough Airshow.
Russia’s new Tupolev Tu-22M3M
The Tupolev Tu-22M3M is a long-range variable sweep-wing AI-equipped strike bomber
Russian servicemen look on as the Tupolev Tu-22M3M is unveiled
The Tempest will have hypersonic weapons that travel Mach 5 or faster at its disposal in both air-to-air and air-to-ground configurations.
The fighter will also have direct energy weapons with “non-kinetic effects” such as electromagnetic radiation waves or high-powered microwave emitters that are capable of disabling enemy electronics.
A virtual cockpit could dispense with conventional instruments and switches and an AI-driven autonomous flight system would allow the aircraft to fly without a pilot on board, coordinating instead with other fighter jets.
Another piece of tech being designed into Tempest is so-called “cooperative engagement capability” – the ability to co-operate on the battlefield, sharing sensor data and messages to coordinate attack or defence.
Tensions between Russia and Britain are running high and relations were further dented when Kremlin chiefs hit back at British claims that Vladimir Putin poses a national security threat over a “military build-up” in the Arctic.
Moscow is staging a significant naval show of strength in polar waters after despatching warships on a summer patrol ostensibly to counter terrorism and other threats.
A panel of MPs this week claimed Russia posed a serious threat to Britain and urged ministers to show “greater ambition and apply more resources” to countering Mr Putin’s alleged menace in the Arctic.
It claimed Russia’s new military firepower in the region – including the reopening of old Soviet bases – went far beyond strictly defensive needs.
Russia says the new warplanes will be in service by 2021
The Tupolev Tu-22M3M was unveiled with tensions between Russia and the West running high
The Tupolev Tu-22M3M was unveiled at a roll-out ceremony in Kazan
But Moscow claimed the report “On thin ice: UK defence in the Arctic” from the Commons’ Defence Sub-Committee was “sabre-rattling”.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in London said: “These speculations are yet another attempt to promote the idea of military build-up in the Arctic under imaginary pretexts.”
VESTIBULUM NEC PLACERAT ORCI. MAURIS VEHICULA
Vestibulum nec placerat orci. Mauris vehicula,Vestibulum nec placerat orci. Mauris vehicula