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.
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.