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- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 143
- Mods: 8
Summary: Twin-engined jet strategic bomber used by the Soviet Union 1944-93, and also used by Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, and China (Xian H-6). Capable of carrying heavy bomb loads (including Nukes), and faster than the Bear, but with shorter range.
The Tupolev Tu-16, given the codename ‘Badger’ by NATO observers, was, like the Bear, developed in the 1950s from the Tu-4 ‘Bull’ - itself a direct and unselfconscious copy of the American Boeing B29 Superfortress.
It was developed as part of the Soviets' ambitions to have intercontinental nuclear bombing capability, and was powered by the newly developed Mikulin AM-3 turbojet. It had a new, large swept wing, and two jet engines in the wing root,. However, like the Bear, its narrow fuselage, turret placements and tail section bear the clear hallmarks of its B29 ancestor.
The type was initially considered a disappointment, lacking the range the Soviets had hoped for. Nevertheless, by the mid 1950s the Tu-16 was being used to carry early cruise missiles which allowed the bomber to be capable of hitting targets at longer range. While hopes that the Tu-16 would play a major role in the USSR’s strategic nuclear bombing capability were quickly abandoned, the fleet were kept in service to be used primarily against US Navy aircraft carriers and other large ships. Others were adapted for reconnaissance, maritime surveillance and electronic warfare. The plane was also exported to Indonesia, Egypt, Iraq and China, the latter of whom produced their own version under licence - the Xian H-6.
The USSR (and post-Soviet Russia) continued to use the Tu-16 until 1993. The Xian H-6 remains in service with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force, and People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force.
A mod aircraft called Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’. Built with 143 parts, closely to scale, and using appropriate colour scheme, systems and weapons or equivalent wherever possible.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3.
- B9 Aerospace Parts Pack
- B9 Procedural Wings Modified
- Procedural Parts
- Squad (stock)
- Stock Extension
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
- ZZZ Flags
AedsPlanes are replicas of historic aircraft built as accurately as possible, and usually to 1:1 scale. Enjoy the experience of being a real Kerbal Airforce pilot!
(For added immersion, install flag mod World Aircraft Insignia by ChaseAEd and add real airforce roundels to your planes).
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