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Tupolev "45M" (1972) - heavy Tu-22M modification

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Was (unsuccessfully) offered by Tupolev in 1972 for naval aviation in usual for Tu-22M2/3 mission of aircraft carrier killer. Two Kh-45 missiles.
From July, 2007 'Aviation & Cosmonautics' issue.

Aerodynamic confoguration have striking similarities to topping model of Sukhoy OKB that appeared in Aerospace Review in an article of Su-24 modifications (Paralay think that this model traces directly to Sukhoi T-54 discussed here for a while). Perhaps, this was based on some of TzAGI common aerodynamic study.
 

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Appears that "45M" pic first had appeared (even in color version) as early as January 2005 in Aerospace Review
http://aeroreview.ru/pages/ako/ako_200501_090095/ako_200501_090095.htm
 

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Apart from the lack of spare production capacity, another likely factor was that the Soviet Defense Minister in 1972 was Marshal Andrei Grechko. He was a major proponent of the Soviet Navy getting it's own CTOL carriers, IIRC.
 

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Hi!

http://paralay.com/t60.html
 

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Hi! Another 45M model picture.
http://oao-tupolev.livejournal.com/50351.html
Also you can see "136".
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1493.0;attach=574553;image
"145".
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=850.0;attach=573247;image
"106A".
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=850.0;attach=526895;image
"Two 125"
(1) Side air intake, double delta wing with canard and twin vertical tail stabilizer.
(2) Podded engine, delta wing with canard and single vertical tail stabilizer.
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5729.msg299706.html#msg299706
And Tu-22, Tu-22M, Tu-160.....
 

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