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   The Ministry of Defense decided to return to service the aircraft-launched medium-range missiles Kh-22. For many years they remained the main caliber of the long-range supersonic Tu-22M3 bombers, but in the early 2000s they were withdrawn from service. Their modernization and repair were not envisaged. Now it is decided that the remaining Kh-22 will be put into service again. According to experts, after the completion they will equal the characteristics of the latest cruise missiles Kh-32.

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   First of all, this cruise missile is designed to destroy enemy ships, radar stations and well-fortified strategic facilities (military bases, bridges, power stations, etc.). During the deep modernization of the Kh-22, the elemental base of the ammunition will be almost completely replaced. As a result, the rockets will receive unique abilities, equaling the characteristics of the modern missile Kh-32, told the "Izvestia" military expert Alexei Leonkov.

 

   "The modified ammunition will by its characteristics significantly exceed the rocket on the basis of which it was created," the expert said. "- The upgraded Kh-22 will equipped with a more powerful engine, while the warhead will be reduced and the volume avaliable for fuel tanks will be increased. This is almost double - up to 1 thousand km - the range of their application."

 

   In addition, according to Alexei Leonkov, the missile is equipped with a new EW protected guidance system with radio command correction and georeferencing. Instead of an autopilot, a modern automatic control system is planned to be installed. The upgraded version is created for actions in the conditions of the strongest counteraction of the enemy's antimissile and anti-aircraft defense.

 

   Work on the creation of the Kh-32 began in the early 1990's, and the first launches were carried out in the mid-2000s. Speed of Kh-32 - not less than 5 thousand km / h. The ammunition can be used from various heights and considerable distances, both for area and point targets. The main carrier for the Kh-32 is the Tu-22M3.

The inherent combination of speed and unpredictable flight trajectory makes this missile virtually invulnerable to anti-aircraft complexes and enemy fighters. After starting from the aircraft, its engines are switched on and Kh-32 immediately starts a sharp climb and goes to the stratosphere. Having reached the set speed, the engine of the rocket is transferred to the march mode of operation. At the final stage, the ammunition attacks the target in a steep dive at a hypersonic speed.

https://iz.ru/740556/aleksandr-kruglov/glavnyi-kalibr-vernuli-v-stroi

 

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   VKS of Russia in October will receive a new air attack complex

 

   It is specified that this is a Tu-22M3M bomber with a cruise missile Kh-32

 

   The new air strike complex, the modernized long-range Tu-22M3M bomber with a new supersonic cruise missile Kh-32, will be delivered to the Russian Air Force's Long-Range Aviation in October. This was reported by TASS source in the defense industry complex.

   "According to the plan, the first Tu-22M3M with the new supersonic cruise missile Kh-32 will take up combat duty in the long-range aviation in October this year," the source said.

   Earlier, the general director of PJSC "Tupolev" Alexander Konyukhov told TASS that the first modernized Tu-22M3M will be completed in August this year.

   Another source in the defense industry explained that the Tu-22M3 was taken from the long-range aviation for upgrading to a new level, so it does not need long-term tests, "only a few flights will be conducted to confirm the declared technical characteristics." The source specified that the aircraft in the course of modernization received new avionics, a sighting and navigation complex and other on-board radio electronic equipment. "The aircraft will get NK-25 with a full resource," the source added.

   TASS does not have an official confirmation of the information provided by the sources.

http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/5200028

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May 23, 1964 - the first Soviet UAV
   Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the USSR No. 444-178 of May 23, 1964, the system of long-range unmanned photo and electronic reconnaissance DBR-1 "Yastreb" was adopted by the Soviet Air Force .

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52 made, in service from 1964 to 1979.

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