The Ukrainian Air Force claimed that an upgraded version of a Russian hypersonic bomber had been seen in action in the country. According to The star of the dayThe Air Force took to Facebook on February 28 to report that a TU-22M3M bomber had struck a residential area in the city of Kharkiv.
Tupolev Tu-22M3M supersonic fighter jets were upgraded in 2018 to carry supersonic missiles. Missiles can travel thousands of kilometers per hour and evade conventional missile defense systems.
The bombers, known to NATO as the Backfire, were used at the start of the conflict in Ukraine. Previously, they were used in the war in Syria, embarking from Russia and flying over Iran and Iraq to hit targets with precision and accuracy.
Viktor Bondarev, the head of Russia’s Defense and Security Committee, said: “This bomber, alongside the Tu-160 and Tu-95, ensures the superiority of Russian long-range strategic aviation. Long-range bombers scope Tu-22M3 proved to be very effective in Syria.”
In addition to using the TU-22M3M bombers, Russia is also said to have fitted hypersonic missiles on them, which are the fastest type of missile in the world and can travel up to 21,000 mph.
It is nearly impossible for anti-aircraft systems to prevent hypersonic missiles from reaching their targets due to their speed and ability to strike anywhere within minutes. In particular, the Russian military said it used the Kinzhal hypersonic missile to destroy an underground ammunition depot in Delyatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, according to local media Zvezda.
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