The Tupelov 123. Soviet Union’s First Supersonic Cruise Missile.

by Daniel Russ on February 15, 2014

 

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.In 1959, the Soviet Union began working on a cruise missile capable of delivering  nuclear payload at super sonic speeds while unmanned. While the nuclear delivery role was abandoned, the vehicle was designed as a high altitude reconnaissance platform.

Fifty Two of the TU-123s were built and until the early 1970s provided Soviet intelligence units all throughout the Warsaw Pact states. The Tupelov 123 was gradually retired as the Mig25R Foxbat Recon version overtook the role.

 The TU-123 as about 30 feet long and could travel almost 3000 miles an hour for 3000 miles.

 

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source: wiki

 

 

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