Russian MoD signed contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS strategic bomber to the level of the Tu-95MSM


The Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS strategic bombers to the level of the Tu-95MSM.

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Russian MoD signed contract for the modernization of the Tu 95MS strategic bomber to the level of the Tu 95MSM

A Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95MS. Work on the creation of a deeply modernized strategic missile carrier Tu-95MSM was completed in March last year, and the updated strategist made its maiden flight in August of the same year. (Picture source: Sergey Krivchikov)


The Russian MOD ordered a deep modernization of the Tu-95MS strategic bombers to the level of the Tu-95MSM. The contract for the work was signed with Tupolev PJSC.

This was reported by the press service of the military department. According to the report, the Russian MoD and Tupolev signed a contract to upgrade an undosclosed number of Tu-95MS to the level of Tu-95MSM.

The contract was signed by Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko and Managing Director of Tupolev PJSC Vadim Korolev. 

As part of the modernization, the Tu-95MSM  received a new radar, a new information display system, a modernized defense complex, modernized NK-12MPM turboprop engines with the installation of new AV-60T propellers.

The Tu-95MSM is the first strategic missile carrier. It is designed to conduct combat missions while protecting the country's remote borders. The upgraded Tu-95MSM variant, like its Soviet-era predecessor, is a long-range four-engine turboprop strategic bomber that can be armed with nuclear cruise missiles such as the Kh-101 / Kh-102 (nuclear variant ) from cruise to air launch, as well as the Kh-55 subsonic cruise missile. The aircraft can carry six missiles on an internal rotary launcher, while the modernized Tu-95MSM variant can carry an additional eight to ten missiles under its reinforced wings.


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