TU-95

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Unread post21 May 2019, 21:47

I was going to ask in the Cold War Aircraft thread and that’s where this plane probably belongs but it’s still being used today.

Just today these flew near Alaska accompanied by SU-35’s, according to the news, testing our detection radar. I personally it’s just to be annoying rather than real intelligence gathering. I know they can carry nuclear cruise missiles that have long range and are low observable. My question is, is the TU-95 still a strategic weapons system to the US? I’ve heard the counter rotating props make them look like Staten Island on radar.
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Unread post22 May 2019, 07:24

While Tu-95 definitely has huge and distinct RCS, they could still pose some threat to USA with those nuclear cruise missiles due to their long range. Basically Tu-95 could launch them before they came within interception range. But that would mean attacking only the cities and sites near the borders and oceans. Attacking anything near the center of USA would be suicide for Tu-95 force.
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Unread post22 May 2019, 11:51

The Bear has been seen to remain iin the air 40 hours. Slow and steady is a strategic role all to itself.
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Unread post22 May 2019, 13:09

Any platform that can carry long range, stealthy cruise missiles is a strategic threat. It doesn't matter if it's the TU-95 or China's upcoming H-20. If I gave my washing machine wings and loaded it up with stealthy, long range cruise missiles that would qualify too...
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Unread post22 May 2019, 17:59

hornetfinn wrote:While Tu-95 definitely has huge and distinct RCS, they could still pose some threat to USA with those nuclear cruise missiles due to their long range. Basically Tu-95 could launch them before they came within interception range. But that would mean attacking only the cities and sites near the borders and oceans. Attacking anything near the center of USA would be suicide for Tu-95 force.



I’m of the opinion that we may see them take off and know their entire flight path. They could do a surprise attack but not sneak attack...
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