Aerospace and defence company Tupolev and the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) are set to conduct an official joint testing (OJT) of the Tu-95МС strategic missile carrier with the upgraded power unit.
A division of the United Aircraft Corporation, Tupolev has already delivered the Tu-95MC to the MoD State flight-test centre for the OJT.
The upgraded power unit has been designed to provide the high-speed turboprop production missile carrier with improved aircraft payload, take-off performance, flight range and other undisclosed characteristics.
The Tu-95МС strategic bomber is powered by upgraded НК-12МПМ turboprop engines and Aerosila АВ-60Т propellers.
A modified version of the Tu-95, which has been in service with the Russian Air Force since 1957, the Tu-95МС forms a crucial component of the Russian Federation Armed Forces strategic nuclear triad.
The Tu-95 has been built in many Tu-95 and Tu-142 variants that are in service with the Russian Air Force Naval Aviation and Russian Air Force Air Army units, as well as the Indian Air Force.
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Capable of cruising at speeds of up to 650km/h, the Tu-95 conducted its first flight in 1954 and entered service in 1956.
Earlier this month, the company delivered a Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile carrier bomber to the Russian Long Range Aerospace Forces.