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Old 5th May 2009, 14:45
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Can you identify this beast?

I know that the collective wisdom of PPRuNe will come through on this one. Someone I know snapped a picture of this in the Kiev Aviation Museum but forgot to note what it is. I'm referring to the great big Thunderbirds-type jobbie on the green launcher(?) in the background.

As an ex-truckie I didn't worry too much about recce - if they were close enough to be seen by naked eye, I was about to die!

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Old 5th May 2009, 15:03
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Tupolev Tu-141 on launcher, Tu-143 in foreground
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Old 5th May 2009, 15:09
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DPM Thunderbird 2 on the right?
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Old 5th May 2009, 15:11
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Is that cammo thing an SS-20 launcher? And some seriously big bombs, none of that stuff was there a few years back though there was a neat armoured train.
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Old 5th May 2009, 15:14
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Cheers folks - extensive Googling had achieved the same ident whilst you were coming up with those answers. It's been suggested that the big grey jobs are fuel-air bombs.

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Old 6th May 2009, 08:07
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Red Snow is correct, Tu 141 and 143.

The green camouflaged tube "jobber" on the far right is the transport/launcher system for the Tu143. The reconnaisance drone was launched using a rocket booster and recovered by parachute. Early '80s stuff if my memory serves correctly.

I have no idea what the bombs are though. Give me eight BL755s please.....

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Old 6th May 2009, 12:43
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The two larger bombs look more like FAB 3000 conventional HE.
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Old 6th May 2009, 13:24
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There's another example of this beast at Monino, Moscow:

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Old 6th May 2009, 13:31
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looks more like a....

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Old 6th May 2009, 15:39
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Devil

Would this be that jet biplane fighter they're asking about on another thread???

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