Potential targets of the Russian super bomb FAB-3000 in Ukraine

Potential targets of the Russian super bomb FAB-3000 in Ukraine 0

(Dan Tri) – The most powerful FAB-3000 bombs with UMPC modules will be used by the Russian Army to attack which targets in Ukraine?

Su-34 fighter bomber of the Russian Air Force (Photo: The Drive).

Which potential target?

On March 20, during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to a defense industrial complex in the Nizhny Novgorod region, representatives of the complex officially announced the mass production of weapons.

Currently, two types of FAB-5000 or FAB-9000 are not used by Russia because there is no vehicle that can carry them.

The FAB-3000 was also used by the Tu-22M3 by free-drop method to attack the Azovstal steel factory during the siege campaign on Mariupol city in May 2022.

Because the Ukrainian air defense force is relatively strong, the use of this type of super bomb will only be possible in combination with the UMPC module (universal planning and correction module), and at the same time

From experience using large-sized bombs FAB-1500 on the Ukrainian battlefield, it has been shown that despite redesigning the entire UMPK module, the flight range of the FAB-3000 glide bomb may be lower.

Obviously, increasing the bomb’s mass would greatly affect flight range, so they had to have their own glide module design.

The widespread use of this powerful weapon will help the Russian Army meet battlefield requirements, especially with particularly fortified targets.

The resumption of mass production of the FAB-3000 was warmly welcomed by the Russian Army.

According to assessments from battlefield realities, Russia’s 500kg or 1,500kg bombs have made an important contribution to the successful control of Avdiivka fortress as well as many other fortified defense areas.

For targets that cannot be effectively attacked with conventional bombs or missiles currently in service, this type of super bomb will have a `useful` space.

Potential targets of the Russian super bomb FAB-3000 in Ukraine

Russian Tu-22M3 aircraft (Photo: Wikipedia).

Which aircraft can carry the FAB-3000 bomb?

The fact that the Russian Army publicly announced the mass production of FAB-3000 bombs shows that they will not use the trickle-down model but will use it daily on a large scale. However, it requires enough bombers, but this is not simple.

Experts name three types of aircraft that the Russian Aerospace Forces can use: Su-34, Tu-22M3 and Tu-160M.

Su-34 fighter bomber

The Su-34 – Russia’s main `workhorse` in Ukraine – has twice the combat load of the Su-24 but possesses almost the same maneuverability as a fighter.

The Su-34 is a 4+ generation fighter, however, in the early stages of the conflict, they were forced to fly above the target to drop regular bombs.

The solution to this problem is to equip the UMPK module for free-fall bombs, helping pilots drop bombs without flying into the killing radius of Ukraine’s medium-range or low-range air defense systems.

The 500kg bomb was the first to be equipped with the UMPK module, followed by 250kg and 1,500kg.

Theoretically, the Su-34 can carry a FAB-3000 glide bomb because it has a PTB-3000 external fuel tank pylon of the same mass.

The most difficult problem today is that the Su-34 is not designed to climb high and accelerate to drop bombs of this size at supersonic speeds.

In other words, if you start using the Su-34 to continuously drop bombs on the FAB-3000, the technical situation will very quickly decline.

In addition, the Su-34 must also be used to launch Kinzhal hypersonic missiles or containers for Sych radar, when Russia’s early warning A-50Us are paralyzed.

Tu-22M3 and Tu-160

The second type of Russian bomber that can actually use the `three-ton sledgehammer` is the Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile bomber.

In theory, the FAB-3000 could also be used on the Tu-160 strategic bomber, but this would require upgrading their internal bomb bays, which is very wasteful, hardly feasible.

Potential targets of the Russian super bomb FAB-3000 in Ukraine

Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber (Photo by Russian Defense Ministry).

Considering the current reality of the Ukrainian battlefield, the Tu-22M3 can carry all types of bombs in Russian service.

The Tu-22M3 has three pylons that can withstand the weight of a 3-ton bomb, including one pylon in the middle (belly) and two pylons on the wings without needing any renovation or reinforcement.

In the early stages, Russia also used the Tu-22M3 for tactical missions, carrying out air strikes on Azovstal because at that time Ukrainian forces were surrounded and lacked effective anti-aircraft weapons.

But will the Tu-22M3 become the main `workhorse` in Russia’s use of the FAB-3000?

In fact, they were developed for missions carrying nuclear weapons, the main purpose of which was to destroy US aircraft carrier attack groups.

The Tu-22M3 aircraft is designed as an aircraft carrier killer with anti-ship missiles, and is the foundation of Russia’s naval aviation.

However, during the military reform under Minister Serdyukov, the Tu-22M3 was removed from the long-range anti-ship force of the naval aviation, transferred to the long-range air force of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

The Tu-22M3 has been out of production for a long time, and there are not many of them still in good working order.

As the relationship between Russia and NATO escalates, and the conflict with Ukraine is entering a decisive phase, the Russian Ministry of Defense will probably only use the Tu-22M3 on a modest scale to

Currently, the Russian Air Force has many Tu-95MS, but they are too slow and cannot provide the bomb with the initial necessary speed.

It is currently too late for Russia to start researching and developing a new bomber, but the lack of vehicles carrying super heavy glide bombs like the FAB-3000 can be resolved if the Tu-160M production process is accelerated as well as

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