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    Post  Sukhoi37_Terminator on Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:13 pm

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20091112/156812295.html


    MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) -- Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers that carried out a routine patrol flight over the Pacific Ocean were shadowed by 'regular' NATO fighters, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
    It said the bombers had spent over 15 hours in flight on Wednesday and were shadowed by two NATO F-15 Eagle fighters.
    A similar patrol mission on September 29 was shadowed by an F-22 Raptor that uses stealth technology, reportedly the first time the world's only fifth-generation fighter aircraft was sent along to keep an eye on the Russians.
    Russian strategic bombers resumed patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin, and are usually shadowed by less sophisticated NATO aircraft.
    All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding in the airspace of other states, the ministry said.Tu-95MS "Bear" 156812382
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    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:13 pm

    Russian bombers fly near U.S. Aleutian Islands during Pacific patrol

    RIA Novosti

    24/03/201019:16

    MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a 15-hour routine patrol mission over the Pacific, including near the U.S. Aleutian Islands, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.

    "The Tu-95MS bombers left the Ukrainka air base [in the Amur region in Russia's Far East] on March 24 and successfully completed the air patrol mission," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

    "The flight took place in the region of the Aleutian Islands," he added.

    The strategic bombers practiced various types of flight drills, including in-flight refueling, he also said.

    Earlier this month, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “We’ve had a couple instances in the past year where Russian planes flew too close to the Aleutian Islands.”

    However, he also said the planes were not a threat.

    Russian strategic bombers resumed patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin.

    All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding in the airspace of other states.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100324-rianovosti01.htm


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    Post  USAF on Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:43 am

    Interesting. The Tu-95 Bombers seem to have had many different airframes shadow them throughout the years. From the F-100 in the late 1950's to the F-22 of today. I am certain there are Tu-95 pilots who had fathers that flew Tu-95's. I have never seen one, I assume the only place I could see one would be at the Monino Air Museum.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:11 pm

    Technically the Tu-95s no longer exist.
    In the mid 1970s the Tu-95 had a big redesign program that reduced drag and introduced new wings etc and the new aircraft was called the Tu-142.
    All the current Bears in service were made between 1985 and 1995 and are actually all Tu-142s, but they are called Tu-95s for the purposes of the START treaties and the SALT treaties.
    Many of Americas F-16s and F-15s are actually older build aircraft than the Bears they are intercepting.

    Of course the issue is often blurred because in addition to the Tu-95MS Bears flying around the place there are also Tu-142 Bear maritime recon aircraft also flying around the place. When a western news agency issues a report about a Bear bomber buzzing a US carrier it is often shown by the photo used that the aircraft is not a Bear bomber, but a Bear MPA (maritime patrol aircraft).

    The Soviet/Russian current build Bears are not bombers anyway, their primary armament is cruise missiles so they are actually cruise missile carriers in two models, the Tu-95MS10 and the Tu-95MS16, which carry 10 or 16 subsonic land attack cruise missiles respectively.

    The US B-52s on the other hand were produced from the 1950s and often the aircraft of today were flown by the pilots father too.

    The Bear is often mistaken for a piston powered aircraft straight from WWII.
    It is in fact a turboprop, which means it is a jet that uses a jet engine design to power propellers to drive the aircraft.
    It is the worlds fastest propeller driven aircraft and uses a very coarse propeller pitch to fly very fast. Western observers made very inaccurate assumptions about its performance because they calculated with a normal pitch propeller that the blade tips of the large 6m propellers would be supersonic at max speed, which increases drag and noise and reduces thrust.
    The aircraft actually has constant speed props that remain subsonic and generate a lot more thrust.
    At high altitude the B-52 is only about 50km/h faster despite being a turbojet powered aircaft, and a lower altitudes the Bear is actually faster than the B-52.
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    Post  USAF on Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:41 am

    Maybe they wanted to stop by for a little R&R
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    Post  Austin on Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:31 am

    A nice photo of Tu-95MS

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    Post  Hoof on Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:37 am

    Austin wrote:A nice photo of Tu-95MS

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    This is so pretty ! I took a lot of picture of sun-downs but none of them have planes on them.... i might wanna take a picture of F16 during sundown with a mountains on the background... its possible =D
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    Post  Austin on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:50 am

    Here is Yefim Gordon book on Tu-95 and Tu-142 , Enjoy !

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:07 am


    Russia lifts ban on Tu-95 bomber flights

    RIA Novosti

    15:49 12/01/2011

    MOSCOW, January 12 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Air Force has lifted a ban on the flights of Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers imposed after an An-22 Cock transport plane was destroyed in a crash last December.

    The plane crashed in the Tula Region on December 28, killing all 12 crew members.

    The Air Force decided to ground all Tu-95s and An-22s because both aircraft types share the Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop, whose failure was suspected as the main cause of the crash.

    The An-22 remains the largest turboprop-powered aircraft in the world. Around 45 remain in service with the Russian Air Force and most are over 40 years old.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-110112-rianovosti02.htm
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:44 am

    Good news... means it was not the engines at fault.

    I wonder if there will be an option to reengine the Bear and An-22... of course the An-22 is more in need of a replacement than the Bear I think a better move would be to revisit the Il-106 program and further develop the engines to fit them to the remaining An-22s and Bears.

    Unlike with jet engines the An-22s and Bears are never going to get much faster because of the speed limits of turboprop aircraft... the only improvement would be more thrust for easier takeoffs and heavier loads or better fuel efficiency for longer range.

    The 80 ton payload of the Il-106 would make it capable of transporting in one piece western MBTs which would mean competition with the C-17 for the first time... I could see the French buying such an aircraft, though politics will effect sales to other western countries I think the price difference will make some interesting sales.
    It will also be an aircraft very useful to the Russian AF... the An-22 is a useful aircraft and this aircraft could replace it and it is a Russian design so the hassle of copyright and maintainence from approved shops wont be in a foreign country like it currently is with Antonov.
    From what I have read the engines are ready and world standard and could be fitted to the Bears as a bonus.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:22 am

    According to this page:

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/il-106.htm

    ...the NK-93 engines generate about 18,000 kgf of thrust compared to the NK-12MP turboprops that generate 10,000 kgf.

    Their fuel efficiency and power mean you could improve performance of the Bear by a significant measure with 4 engines or even just two if the engines proved reliable enough (with 4 you can greatly improve acceleration and probably increase weapon and fuel weights, though top speed will not likely be effected too much, with 2 engines you would greatly reduce drag and greatly extend range which could lead to the offloading of extra fuel to carry more weapons further without sacrifices in speed or ceiling etc).

    Of course the page (link) is all speculation, but the engine is developed already so it is hardly vapour ware... it just needs the cash.

    Any suggestion of the Il-106 now would of course have to allow for a complete revision of its design with a lot more composites added to reduce weight and improve performance but the An-22 is clearly still in use so there is clearly a use for such an aircraft.

    The capacity to carry 80 tonnes 5,000km would make it attractive to India I would guess as a way to quickly deploy all their tank types in an emergency to anywhere in India.

    An old saying says if the only tool you have is a hammer then treat every problem like it is a nail. A more complete tool set means options to do a better job.

    The conflict in Afghanistan showed that in hot and high conditions without a helo like the Ka-226 the Soviet Army had to resort to using Mi-8s to deliver post to mountain top bases when a much smaller, lighter, more agile, and most importantly cheaper Ka-226 could have done a better job.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:31 am

    Modernization of Tu-95MS bombers

    According to Russian press reports, the MInistry of Defense begins a modernization program that will equip Tu-95MS bombers with new avionics and allow the aircraft to remain in service until 2020-2025 and probably longer - until 2035. Izvestia quotes a source in the Russian Air Forces Main Staff as saying that the upgrade will allow the Tu-95MS bombers to carry the new Kh-101 long-range cruise missile.

    In the last START data exchange that took place in 2009, Russia declared 63 deployed Tu-95MS bombers. According to the report, only 32 of them remain operational today and "about 60 aircraft" are in storage.

    http://russianforces.org/blog/2012/09/modernization_of_tu-95ms_bombe.shtml
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:31 pm

    Interesting.

    The Tu-95SM16 could carry ten cruise missiles under four wing pylons and 6 more missiles on a 6 round internal rotary launcher.

    The new Kh-101 and Kh-102 missiles are much larger than the old Kh-55 and Kh-555s. (The Kh-102 and Kh-55 are nuclear armed and the Kh-101 and the Kh-555 are conventionally armed and share the same guidance/navigation systems).

    The Kh-101/102 are too big to carry internally on the Bear so it is limited to carrying 10 of these missiles externally. Of course it could still carry 6 smaller missiles internally.

    Note the Blackjacks two weapon bays are enormous and can carry any of those missiles internally.

    Nice confirmation that the Kh-101 and Kh-102 are entering service... I assumed it happened a while ago.

    With upgrades the three Tupolev bombers should become rather capable bombers, whereas previously the two strategic bombers were actually cruise missile carriers with little effective bombing capability.

    The upgrades are supposed to add a range of guided weapon types including satellite guided bombs.

    The upgraded aircraft will be called Tu-160M, Tu-95SM16M, and Tu-22M3M.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:22 pm

    GarryB wrote:Interesting.

    The Tu-95SM16 could carry ten cruise missiles under four wing pylons and 6 more missiles on a 6 round internal rotary launcher.

    Α fully armed Tu-95 will have considerably smaller range. The typical load is 6 missiles in internal rotary launcher.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:33 am

    For a supersonic bomber the extra drag would be a huge penalty, but for a subsonic bomber the effect on range is a lot less than you might think.

    The new missiles are actually much bigger and heavier than the older missiles, but are very aerodynamic and when mounted under wing pylons don't increase drag by a huge amount... they will fly a little slower for a little longer, but the reduction in range is not enormous, while the missile flight range is almost doubled...
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    Post  TR1 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:01 am

    Tu-95MS "Bear" Kh_101

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    Post  Austin on Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:00 am

    KH-101/102 on Tu-95MS , its got some interesting shapes even viewed from bottom.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:03 pm

    Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?

    Nuclear-capable Russian bombers are flying over the North Sea and the Atlantic. And U.S. Air Force officers are very concerned at what could be a rehearsal of a deadly mission.

    Russian bombers may be flying nuclear strike drills over the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, current and former U.S. Air Force officers believe. At the very least, these officers tell The Daily Beast, the Russian Air Force is aggressively probing what NATO calls European airspace in an effort to gauge the reaction times of the western alliance’s defenses.

    Since Oct. 28, NATO air defenses have detected and monitored four groups of Russian combat aircraft over the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea. Norwegian F-16 fighters intercepted one particular group of Russian aircraft on Oct. 29 that included four, nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95 Bear H strategic bombers and four Ilyushin Il-78 aerial refueling tankers. Once intercepted, six of the Russian aircraft headed for home while the two remaining Tu-95 bombers continued southwest, parallel to the Norwegian coast, before eventually turning back towards Russia.

    The giant, propeller-driven Tu-95 is a launch platform for the 1,600 nautical mile range Raduga Kh-55 nuclear-tipped cruise missile. The weapon carries a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead; by comparison, the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki was a mere 21 kilotons. Some active-duty and retired U.S. Air Force officials told The Daily Beast that the Tu-95s might have been flying to certain predetermined launch points for their nuclear missiles.

    “That could certainly be the case,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the service’s influential former intelligence chief. “It is not farfetched that at some point within the next two years [Russian President Vladimir] Putin makes a more aggressive move in Eastern Europe and uses a nuclear threat to deter a NATO response.”

    Of course, every nuclear capable air force runs exercises to practice its so-called “strategic deterrence.” It’s the pace and scale of these current flights that have military observers concerned.

    “Our bomber crews regularly fly training sorties for their full range of potential missions, including strategic deterrence practice missions,” Mark Gunzinger, a former B-52 pilot and current air power analyst the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said. “[The Russian Air Force] has never stopped flying training sorties, but it’s apparent that the scope of this one is catching people’s attention.”

    Asked if at least some of these flights were nuclear drills, Gunzinger responded, “that is probably the case.”

    The giant, propeller-driven Tu-95 is a launch platform for the Raduga Kh-55 nuclear-tipped cruise missile, which carries a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead. By comparison, the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki was a mere 21 kilotons.

    Another former Air Force officer—one with extensive experience with Russian tactics—cautioned not to interpret either the European or Alaskan flights too darkly. “A probe to test western responses, yes,” the former officer wrote in an email. “More activity than in the recent past, yes. Nuclear strike rehearsal, unlikely. Capabilities are easy to measure. Intent is not.”

    Analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, said that the recent display of Russian air power was just another provocation in a long line of similar antagonistic moves by Russia. The Russian strategic bomber foray into the Atlantic is also reminiscent of a September incident where two nuclear-capable Tu-95s bombers, two Il-78 tankers and two MiG-31 Foxhound fighters were intercepted near Alaska.

    “This reminds me of the exercises Russia has been flying in the Pacific for a few years now, just transferred to the European theater,” Grant said. “I don’t read this as a specific nuclear or conventional scenario practice, rather an exercise in long-range navigation and provocation. It’s clearly designed to annoy NATO but from a purely tactical perspective, this was still a pretty small display of airpower.”

    Another former Air Force F-4G and F-15E electronic warfare officer said that there simply is not enough information to be certain of what the Russians’ intentions are. “It could be anything,” said Michael Pietrucha. “There’s nothing wrong with long range training sorties because they allow you to work out the kinks for a variety of missions.”

    Nonetheless, the foray into European airspace by the Tu-95 Bear bombers is cause for concern. That’s not just because of the Bear bomber’s long-range nuclear weapons capability, but also because of the Russian’s general disregard for international air traffic norms. Not only did the Russians not file a proper flight plan, they also did not have active transponders—which would allow civilian air traffic controllers to see them. The situation could lead to a serious accident where an airliner might collide with a Russian bomber.

    “It’s alarming, especially, that they would fly without their transponder on particularly when they’re certain to fly on or cross an a multitude of international air routes,” one Air Force bomber pilot told the Daily Beast. “The interrogative capability of most modern airline and transport carrier transponders rely on the transmission of other transponders to ensure positive deconfliction.”

    The airspace over the Atlantic is especially busy with a lot of airliner traffic. The U.S. bomber pilot acknowledged that the U.S. Air Force also conducts long-range bomber patrols, but American aircraft always follow proper flight procedures and other regulations.

    “I’ve flown on the west of Portugal, it was a busy place to fly because a lot of air routes funnel into the Med [Mediterranean] there,” the bomber pilot said. “The U.S. does what are called ‘global power’ missions on occasion, but never without squawking, or talking, or filing flight plans, and we rarely seek to draw an escort.”

    In addition to the strategic bomber patrols in the Atlantic, the Russian Air Force also flew another bomber mission over the Black Sea on Oct. 29 with two Tu-95 Bears, which were escorted by two Sukhoi Su-27 air superiority fighters.

    The Russian Air Force also flew additional sorties over the Baltic Sea with tactical strike fighters on Oct. 29. Portuguese F-16 fighters assigned to protect the Baltic states—which belong to NATO—intercepted a group of two MiG-31 interceptors, one Su-27 fighter and two pairs of Su-34 and Su-24 fighter bombers. The same group of Russian jets was intercepted on the previous day.

    No matter what the intent of the specific flight, the larger goal—a re-introduction of Russian military might into Europe—is clearly working, a senior U.S. military officer told The Daily Beast.

    “It certainly demonstrates their effort to re-assert themselves in the region and regain their past form,” this official added. “It appears to be successful, certainly from the standpoint that Russian airpower has re-entered the conversation and our NATO allies have had to respond to their incursions. It strikes me as destabilizing.”

    The U.S. Air Force would not officially comment on the matter and deferred all queries to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Pentagon did not return calls for comment.
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:08 pm

    George1 wrote:Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?

    aggressively... provocation... antagonistic.... destabilizing....

    /yawn... Do the bought-and-paid presstitute trolls of the Anglo-Amerikan Reich-Wing media ever tire when writing this biased one-eyed trash? Mad
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:10 am

    Yeah... Tu-95s running training missions in international airspace are aggressive, but US M1 Abrams tanks in the baltic states... formerly part of the Soviet Union itself is defensive... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:31 pm

    Upgraded bomber Tu-160 made its maiden flight
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:09 pm

    Modernized Tu-95

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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:27 pm

    Russia's Defense Ministry has received another bomber Tu-95MS
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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:43 pm

    Modernized Tu-95MS in Engels

    On the web-site appeared russianplanes.net, Photo famous combatant strategic bomber Tu-95MS (tail number "red 10" registration number RF-94128, the name "Saratov") the Russian Air Force, equipped with highly visible new four double nodes external suspension to accommodate strategic cruise missiles, air-launched a new type. This is the first picture of the modernized Tu-95MS bombers equipped to carry the new cruise missiles, in Engels stationed there as part of the aviation group Air Base Command of long-range aviation.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:42 pm

    Sergey Shoygu: Russia to expand patrol areas of strategic bombers
    Russian Aviaton » Wednesday March 11, 2015 16:59 MSK

    Russian strategic bombers to start patrolling new areas in the network of cooperation with allies, TASS reports with reference to Russian Minister of Defense General of the Army Sergey Shoygu.

    The minister reminded that Russian aircraft are constantly on duty and protecting the state borders in different regions.

    “I must admit that the flights are performed on regular basis and we are not going to change that,” the minister stated.

    “In future we are going to start patrolling new areas under agreements with our allies in other countries of the world,” Shoygu added.

    He reminded that in February Tu-95MS strategic bombers performed flights above Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea as well as northeast part of the Atlantic. In particular, the aircraft performed aerial refueling. It was reported earlier that during this flight British Typhoon fighters escorted the Russian bombers.

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