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The Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 was a twin engined strategic bomber and appeared in 1954. NATO gave it the name "Badger". The maximum speed was approx. 1000 km/hr and the range 7200 km. Several versions were developed in time and China manufactured the type as well as Xian H-6 starting in 1958. It was one of the first jet bombers capable of firing a sort of stand-off/ anti-ship missile. (A civilian passenger aircraft version was the Tu-106 which was quite a different aircraft though).  Badgers were also sold to Soviet friendly countries.  

tu 16 profile

 


Tupolev Tu-16 KS-1 "NATO name BADGER B" of  Indonesia

The Tu-16 KS was capable to lauch 2 KS-1 / AS-1 missiles and the first was manufactured mid 1950s. Some 26 Tu-16 KS-1 aircraft were delivered by the Soviet Union in the 1961- 1962 to the Indonesian leftist regime. The Indonesian air force TNI-AU operated them from the base a Madiun in East Java. They were probably put out of service in 1969. This aircraft Tu-16 KS-1 coded "M-1625" shows a KS-1 anti-ship missile and inside the museum another red coloured KS-1 missile is seen. All are preserved at the Indonesian Air Force Museum "Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala" at Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia.

Photographed 2016 by Henk Hirs, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

and the Soviet manufactured Raduga KS-1 / AS-1  "Kennel" missile in more detail:


Only a few models exist of the Tupolev Tu-16. In 1/72 scale there was a difficult kit from Red Wings but in 2008 Trumpeter came with a pretty good kit of both Tu-16K-10 and Xian H-6 (that was also released by Hobbycraft). The brand OK-144 has a 1/144 kit and Hasegawa a 1/200 kit.

Amodel has a detailed kit of the KS-1 Kometa missile.

 

 

This walkaround web page was first created January 2017