Russia has decided to continue with one of the icons of the Cold War. According to official sources, Moscow will modernize the Tu-95 bombers. The contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS aircraft to the Tu-95MSM level was signed last month.
A series of changes will be made to the platforms that have been active since 1957 and made its first flight in 1952. Maintenance works will be carried out to the necessary parts of the fuselage. Also the platform's electronic equipment will be replaced. Modernized engines and AV-60T propellers will be fitted. Radar systems will be improved, and advanced aircraft defense systems will be integrated. The modernized Tu-95MSM is scheduled to make its first flight in 2019.