Russia’s first deeply modernized Tu-95MSM strategic bomber has conducted its maiden flight on August 22, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.
Work on the development of the Tu-95MSM is being carried out jointly by PJSC Tupolev and PJSC TANTK (Taganrogskiy Aviatsionnyi Nauchno-tekhnicheskiy kompleks, “Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex”) im. G.M.Beriyeva – or Beriev Aircraft Company-, both part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation.
The flight was conducted at the airfield of TANTK im. G.M.Beriyeva in Taganrog. The plane was piloted by the crew under the guidance of test pilot of Zhukovskaya flight test and development base – a branch of Tupolev PJSC Andrey Voropaev. The flight took place in normal mode, at an altitude of 9000 meters, lasted 2 hours 33 minutes, systems and equipment worked without any concerns.
Yuri Slyusar, General Director of PJSC UAC, Vice-President of SoyuzMash of Russia LLC, emphasized: “This is an aircraft with a new armament system, a new on-board electronic equipment complex, with new modified engines, new propellers. The combat capabilities of the vehicle have doubled after this upgrade. After departure, tests will continue. Modernization of the fleet of strategic missile carriers will continue along this path. ”
The modernization will significantly increase the navigation accuracy and reliability indicators, extend the service life of the aviation complex, and improve the takeoff and landing characteristics of the aircraft.
As part of a deep modernization, new systems were installed on the Tu-95MSM: weapons control, aircraft control, flight and navigation equipment, an onboard communications complex, a radar station, and objective control equipment. The result of the work carried out will be a significant increase in the efficiency indicators of the aviation complex when used as intended.
Tu-95MSM is the first experienced strategic missile carrier, a new modification of the world’s fastest turboprop missile carrier aircraft, the Tu-95MS. Designed to solve combat missions while protecting the country’s distant borders.