A Tu-22M3 (RF-94146, 10 red) strategic bomber has overshot the runway after taking off in Ostrov airfield (Pskov region) in June 16, 2016, resulting in injuries to several crewmembers.
A special commission from the Air Force command arrived at the scene to investigate the incident. The incident was kept secret.
According to the Russian Aerospace Force, a Tu-22M3 strategic bomber with tail number 10 “red” and the RF-94146 registration has been upgraded at Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO) n.a. Gorbunov.
The aircraft upgrade by the government unit formerly known as the Tupolev Design Bureau is part of Russia’s $400 billion modernization program. In addition to outfitting its troops with the newest equipment, the Kremlin has placed orders for fifth-generation jets, advanced nuclear and diesel submarines, and state-of-the-art missile-defense systems.
The Tu-22M3 is a heavy missile carrier with a large flight radius and a heavy payload. A single Tu-22M3 sortie could deliver ordnance against dozens of positions.