posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 03:29 AM
Various sources indicate that Sukhoi, since the late 1980s, has had an advanced, supersonic intermediate range "Joint Continental Bomber" under
development. Information that has surfaced to date indicates the aircraft is to replace the Tupolev Tu-22M during the first decade of the next
century. It apparently incorporates low-observables technology and is powered by two state-of-the-art turbofan engines in an aft mounting above the
The aircraft is quipped with canards, just ahead of a chined delta wing. Little else has surfaced concerning this aircraft. The status of the
full-scale development is unknown. The design may be capable of supercruise at Mach 2, with engines possibly equipped with two-dimensional thrust
vectoring nozzles to solve the problem of insufficient area of horizontal control surfaces at high speeds encountered during the T-4MS development
effort. The aircraft was intended to replace the current fleet of Tu-22M supersonic bombers, although this project has probably been deferred.
Would love to see the russians finish a large project like this to give the russian aircarft industry a nice boost. And I think it would be very nice
for the UK to re-obtain a heavy strike capacity.
As i do feel the the current MOD force mix reallys on to many sub based tomahawks and the Storm Shadow has really got the range or the speed for snap