Russia has begun re-engining Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers of its Aerospace Forces (VKS) Long-Range Aviation, a Russian aerospace industry source told Jane’s on 6 May.
“Rostec’s United Engine Corporation’s Kuznetsov company has upgraded the Tu-95MS’ NK-12MP turboprop engine. The upgraded powerplant, the NK-12MPM, provides longer flight range and greater payload capacity. Its vibration level has been reduced by 50% compared to that of the NK-12MP,” said the source. “An updated Tu-95MS powered by four NK-12MPM engines has already entered state trials.”
It is planned to fit all remaining Tu-95MS aircraft with the upgraded engines, the source added.
The NK-12MPM has a power output of 13,600 hp, exceeding the performance of the NK-12MP by 2,500 hp.
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