Russia’s Tu-22M3M Supersonic Bomber: Now Hypersonic?(Source nationalinterest.org)
A second prototype of the Russian Air Force’s Tu-22M3M supersonic bomber underwent trials at hypersonic speeds during a fourth test flight, Russian state media reported.
This second prototype successfully performed its maiden flight in March of this year, and the aim of that flight was to assess the takeoff and landing characteristics, as well as to test the information control system. “Five flights have already been performed,” a defense industry source told TASS. The hypersound speed was achieved during the fourth flight. The aircraft demonstrated good stability and controllability. Modified systems and equipment are performing normally during the trials.”