Russia is again preparing to strike “blind” X-22 missiles with Tu-22M3

The X-22 is a missile that began to be developed in the 1950s and has extremely low accuracy against ground targets.

The racists do not abandon their intention to use old X-22 anti-ship missiles against ground targets. This is evidenced by data from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which was voiced by Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk.

In particular, it became known that the crews of Tu-22M3, Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers worked out conditional launches of cruise missiles from the Azov and Caspian Seas, as well as the Rostov region.

Tu-22M3 with X-22 missile
Tu-22M3 with X-22 missile

If the Tu-95 and Tu-160 use X-555 and X-101 cruise missiles, which are designed to strike ground targets, the only Tu-22M3 missile is the X-22. This missile has extremely limited capabilities, because it was developed to destroy US aircraft carriers in the 50s. To aim at the target, it uses a radar homing head, which is extremely difficult to “see” ground objects.

In general, a typical target on earth for an X-22 with radar GOS is a bridge or “industrial building”. The result of such launches was demonstrated on May 20, when the X-22 hit the House of Culture in Lozova, Kharkiv region.

The reason for the impact on this object – it is simply the most radio-contrast of all the buildings around, because it stands apart from others and near a large park. At the same time, the weight of the high-explosive warhead X-22 is 900-1000 kg, which leads to large-scale destruction.

It is also extremely difficult to intercept by means of air defense. Because after a high-altitude launch, the X-22 rises to a height of 22.5 km and accelerates to Mach 3.5-4. Before the attack, at a distance of 60 km, she turns off the engine and at an angle of about 60 degrees attacks at a speed of Mach 2. Passport range of the missile is up to 500 km, but it depends on the ability of the onboard radar Tu-22M3 to distinguish the radio contrast target.

The standard load of the Tu-22M3 is usually one or two X-22
The standard load of the Tu-22M3 is usually one or two X-22

It should also be noted that there is an upgrade of the X-22 and without radar GOS, where only the inertial guidance system is responsible for guidance. For her, the accuracy of the passport is a square of 10×10 km.

X-22 missile
X-22 missile

In any case, the use of X-22 speaks only of the actual depletion of cruise missiles, which requires a combination of strikes “Caliber”, X-555, X-101 with less long-range X-59MK and frankly “blind” X-22. As the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Vadym Skibitsky said on the air of the project Radio Liberty “Crimea. Realities”, the Russian army has already used about 60% of reserves, some species even more – 70%.

Also in Russia, there are already problems with the recovery of stocks on the background of the technological embargo.

“They do not have such capacity and rapid production of high-precision weapons, especially economic sanctions, political sanctions imposed on Russia, do not allow the active, large-scale use of foreign-made components,” said Vadim Skibitsky.

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