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Originally posted by vorazechul
the real reson why the TU-22M is called so is to avoid something else.
By the time the plane was being engineered it was forbidden to work on new planes, only on new rockets and modifications of the existing planes. That was because of Hruschiov who thought that the futur belongs to the rockets. But when the need for a new plane emerged the military and especially Tupolev desided to name it Tu-22 M (M for Modernizovanoi or in english modernized) and say it is just a modification of the existing Tu-22 that way he got to construct a new plane and the military got theirs without to disagree with the current doctrine. That was a strange period in the soviet planeindustry since many planes were ordered by the military but their construction was cept in secret or they were thought to be mere modifications
I have that from a Autobiographic book of an Engeneer who worked for suchoi
[edit on 15-10-2005 by vorazechul]
Originally posted by emile
I just got a geneal meaning from your post. But something you said is totlly wrong.
I just wish to point that might reminds you of when the Backfire project has been raised and when Hruschiov who has droped the reins of government?