The Tupolev Tu-95 was developed in the Soviet Union as a strategic bomber and remains in service with Russia. It is one of the largest operational bombers, with a maximum takeoff weight of 190 metric tons (418,000 lb). The first production aircraft were delivered to the military in 1957.

1956 to: 1993
US$26.28 million
4x 4 × Kuznetsov NK-12MV turboprops
15,000 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
440 knots
815 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
8,100 Nautical Miles
15,001 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.66 nautical mile / gallon
0.323 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
45,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2000 feet / minute
10.16metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
188,000 Kg
414,465 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
5,000 Kg
11,023 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
29,100 gallon
110,155 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
7 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
49.1 metre - 161.09 feet
Tail height:
13.4 metre - 43.96 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2.9 metre - 9.51 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
50.1 metre - 164.37 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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The Tupolev Tu-95 is a four engine, propeller driven, long-range bomber with an impressive wingspan of 141 feet. The aircraft was developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War to deliver nuclear weapons over great distances, and it remains operational today.

The English translation of its Russian name is “The Bear” which refers to both its resemblance to a bear as well as Russia’s national symbol. It has been in service for more than 50 years and continues to be upgraded with new technology, but no longer carries any nuclear weapons ammunition.

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