A Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber made an Emergency landing in a field due to an engine failure and got fire. The crew egressed the aircraft safely.
The plane took off from the Shaikovka military base in the Kaluga region.
“On December 17, 2019, in the Astrakhan region, during a scheduled flight on a Tu-22 aircraft, an engine failure occurred. Thanks to the competent actions of the crew, it was possible to land the aircraft with the failed engine out of the village and land on the ground,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
As noted, the pilots were not injured. They left the plane on their own and are currently delivered to the airfield.
There is no destruction on the ground, the department said.
The Ministry of Defense emphasized that the flight of the bomber took place without ammunition.
Long-range supersonic missile bombers with a variable-sweep wing Tu-22M3 are designed to destroy sea and ground targets at a distance of up to 2200 km from basing airfields with guided missiles and aerial bombs.
Currently, the flight range of the Tu-22M3 combatant is up to six thousand kilometers, while the “strategists” Tu-160 and Tu-95MS – from 12 to 15 thousand kilometers. The maximum flight speed of the Tu-22M3 drill rig is about 2 thousand km / h.
As previously reported, according to official figures, Russia has more than 100 Tu-22M3 missile carriers.
The first prototype Tu-22M3 made its first flight on June 20, 1977. After the completion of the flight-finishing test program, the Tu-22M3 was launched into serial production in 1978. In its final form, the Tu-22M3 was put into service in March 1989.
In total, about 500 Tu-22M aircraft of various modifications were built at the Kazan Aviation Production Association.