What is a Russian Bear Foxtrot?

The Tupolev Tu-95 (Russian: Туполев Ту-95; NATO reporting name: “Bear”) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. The Tu-95 is one of the loudest military aircraft, particularly because the tips of the propeller blades move faster than the speed of sound.

Can the TU-95 go supersonic?

The tips of the fan blades of a modern turbofan also move at supersonic speed, so the supersonic propellers on the Tu-95 do not create a direct disadvantage. By keeping the relative thickness of the blade near the tip low, the drag increase can be kept at tolerable levels.

How many bombs can a TU-95 carry?

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TU-95M TU-95KM
Maximum load (kg) 20000
Armament – Primary Bomb tonnage up to 12.000kg One H-20 missile
Armament – Secondary Six Am-23 (23mm) guns in 3 installations Four AM-23 (23mm) guns in 2 installations

How is the TU-95 so fast?

925 km/h
Tupolev Tu-95/Top speed

How fast is a Russian Bear bomber?

Performance of the TU-95 Bear The maximum and cruise speeds of the aircraft are 920km per hour and 710km per hour, respectively. Its range is 15,000km. The combat radius and service ceiling of the aircraft are 6,400km and 12,000m respectively.

How fast can a TU 95 fly?

Can the TU-95 carry bombs?

This aircraft inherited two large weapon bays from the Tu-95 bomber. It can carry over 11 000 kg of ordnance, including torpedoes and depth bombs. Some of the latest versions have a capability to carry Kh-35 anti-ship cruise missiles. Around 100 examples were built, including variants, between 1968 and 1994.

Where did the Tupolev Tu 95 bear crash?

A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear ‘H’ off the coast of Scotland in 2014. UK Royal Air Force Photo A Russian Air Force strategic bomber has crashed outside the city of Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border, according to a Tuesday statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense via local media.

When did Russia stop flying Tupolev Tu-95 bombers?

On 17 August 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was resuming the strategic aviation flights stopped in 1991, sending its bombers on long-range patrols. NATO fighters are often sent to intercept and escort Tu-95s as they perform their missions along the periphery of NATO airspace, often in close proximity to each other.

What kind of engines does the Tupolev Tu-95 have?

In the future, Tu-95MSs are to be upgraded also with the new Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprop engines for increased flight range, combat load and reduced noise and vibrations and with the SVP-24 sighting and computing system from the Russian company Gefest & T.

Why was the Tupolev Tu-95 used for transpolar strikes?

The bomber had the best crews available due to the nature of their mission. They would undertake frequent missions into the Arctic to practice transpolar strikes against the United States. Unlike their American counterparts, they never flew their missions carrying nuclear weapons.