Tupolev Tu-16 Badger: Versatile Soviet Long-Range Bomber
Название: Tupolev Tu-16 Badger: Versatile Soviet Long-Range Bomber
Автор: Yefim Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant
Размер: 160 МВ
Год издания: 2004
The establishment of NATO posed the need for the Soviet war machine to create a fast jet bomber capable of reaching targets throughout Western Europe and combatting the carrier task forces with which the US Navy could throw its weight around the world. The basic Tu-16 which first flew in the mid-1950s was developed into nearly 50 versions adopted for various roles, including nuclear-capable bombers, anti-shipping missile strike aircraft, torpedo-bombers and minelayers, numerous reconnaissance and ECM variants, assorted development aircraft for testing new engines, avionics and systems.