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The US used to have missiles for long-range ship-sinking but abandoned them at the end of the Cold War. The new spending bill marks their return — and the return to preparing for fights with big navies.
The upgraded Tu-22M3M focuses on modernizing the avionics, communications, and controls on the Cold War era bomber. But the Tu-22M3M's integration with some of Russia's deadlier missiles, and role as a nuclear-capable maritime strike jet pose a serious challenge.
Former F-35 pilot explains how the US Marine Corps’ version makes China’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles irrelevant
"If you're looking at warfare two-dimensionally, you're looking at it wrong," said David Berke. "You don't beat me in a boxing match 'cause your arms are longer."