I don't think Russia should remove from service ever the Tu-95 bear.. even after
PAk-DA enters service in big numbers.. Instead they should upgrade its electro mechanical
devices to be more strong against nuclear attacks and EMP blast and keep them loaded with
Sensors to monitor and spy enemy coastal defenses. that is to carry no weapons.. (albeit not telling that anyone but still maintaining the option to carry nukes.. if they need it) and carry advanced spy sensors and optics to monitor deep inside enemy territory. And enhance the armor.. make the plane very strong and resistant to missile attacks.
So it takes more than one missile.. ideally 4 or 5 to take it down. and make it bullet proof up to 30mm gun fire in most important part. with refueling capabilities for one small plane escort. in other words turn the Tu-95 into a flying armored fortress ,that is only mission is to spy from close distance ,take a lot of damage before falling in case of attacked and allow the stealth escorts to remain hidden with the capability to fight back or escape.
with strong network long distance communications. Reason for that.. is that Russia can send Pak-DA or Pak-FA withing a radar distance of the Bear and if the Bear is attacked.. lets say someone start firing cannons or missiles at the bear ,it will have enough time to warn the pilots of Pak-FA and Pak-FA near ,of what is happening ,that they are at war ,allowing the Russian stealth planes enough time to ask for guidance their superiors either fire a missile while remaining hidden to the hostile aggressor or simply escape and send rescue team to the pilot and use the incident
for a UN resolution condemning the attack...
Politics is very very important at the times of war.. and effectively Russia can provoke a Revolution in US cities without firing a shot by proving that US attacked them..and give an ultimatum ,that any other attack will result in war.
That will create millions of protest in US cities condemning the shot down an unarmed Plane of the 50's
So russia will lose nothing , neither its power image ,neither advance technology ,neither the pilot and US will lose everything.. The government actions will be rejected nation wide. and Russia will have a green light to retaliate USA while maintaining the upper hand in the world image.. and legitimate defending itself.. and US condemned for its aggression..
That way the TU-95 can become like a big shield and the eyes of any stealth plane of Russia at radar distance flying near the coast of alaska and california. The bear can also be equipped with mini portable wing gliders inside ,(jet man like) ..so if the pilots needs to eject the plane they can also move away of US Coast and fall in safe place .
The idea here is that Russia will not lose a expensive stealth plane.. and avoid all the propaganda of the enemy of how they lost one.. and at the same time not losing a single pilot ,even if the plane attacked by a missile and have the opportunity to safely shut down the F-22
intercepting the plane.. and neither lose the valuable information of the communication the Bear will be receiving of the electronics of the F-22 used to attack the plane. or the radars signals on the ground they detected. for a future jamming.
The idea is similar to American Football .. you get a strong man in front to take all the punishment and the real players that will score a point can hide from the view of others using
the strong big player leading the charge. In this case.. The bear will be just the shield of the stealth planes ,the eyes and the ones that will allow the stealth planes to advance safely and never be in interception range of any enemy plane.
Allowing your stealth planes to remain hidden even from Visual view ,while at the same time being in range of combat to any enemy strategic location is a big advantage..and the BEAR will shield /and jam any radars that are trying to locate PAK-DA or PAK-FA near. No stealth plane ever lost , no pilot killed even if attacked the bear and lots of valuable information recorded and passed to the stealth planes with all active radars and communications off.
All said you cannot have stealth planes in times of peace flying along the coast of any enemy territory ,allowing them to record your signals and your electronic emissions and know everything about how your plane looks in radar at close distance..that very valuable information the enemy should not have ever.. until war time.. and having your enemy recording in camera your plane while is intercepted ,could also serve for a lot of propaganda about how "un-stealthy" are your planes that can be intercepted.
People have no idea how important in Politics and public opinion in times of war.. this is why the European media and US media.. use the world.. "Russia agression" Russia agression and Russia agression to ukraine. on and on an on. to brainwash american and europeans and make them believe Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine... So that any attack of Ukraine to Russia will be justified.. IF US goes attack Russia a Tu-95 in international airspace..it will create a major outrage in americans ,demanding Obama to step down for provoking a war with Russia.
But if Russia is the one that shot down and american plane in international airspace it could be
the opposite and Unite Americans behind Obama or who ever is president.. and even make Putin to lose some support in Russia.. this is the most dangerous thing for Russia.. that could happen. to lose the public opinion.. even more dangerous than losing a plane or warship. Losing a stealth plane for doing something illegal ,like attacking a nation that have done nothing you ,will be terrible for that nation , not only their image of technological superiority will be lost..
F-117 anyone? and people makes jokes.. but also the risk of major unrest or revolution in that country will be very high ,specially if public opinion about that government ,like it is the obama administration was already bad.
So this is the reason media is so important ,and the west is creating news how Russia will invade Europe ,and Lithuane telling everyone how to prepare in case Russian invade them..
to create an ambient of panic on the population ,and of distrust against Russia... while European rusophobic nations and americans are seeking to do.. is to get their population support ,of the total isolation of Russia and justify the militarization of Russian borders.
Justify the buy of more patriotic energy..
from Americans at double the price and to stop buying natural gas from Russia.