Russia and India modernizing Su-30MKI and SM to carry supersonic cruise missiles

Flight tests started in India with 1st Su-30 MKI  Flanker-C, multi-role fighter jet modified by mutual, Russian and Indian team of specialist to carry BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missiles.

Russian made Su-30MKI will get an upgrade to carry supersonic cruise missiles. Jets will be modernized for both ari forces, Indian and Russian.


India already started flight tests on 1st Su-30MKI modified by Russian and Indian experts, to carry BrahMos missiles.

2nd Su-30MKI jet is continuing and will be ready during this year.

BrahMos Aerospace head confirmed that flight tests would be over this year.

India invested already $1.1 billion to purchase 200 BrahMos missiles which will carry Su-30MKI fighter jets. Total 42 Su-30MKIs will modernize in India HAL corporation facility to carry modern supersonic cruise missiles BrahMos-A.

Russia will modernize their Su-30SM fighters at irkut Aircraft Corporation, to carry supersonic cruise missiles, said Irkut CEO Oleg Demchenko at LIMA 2015 air show.

Related post HERE with description about BrahMos missile


Source: TASS Agency


Tu-95MS Bear-H

Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H


Role Strategic bomber, missile carrier, airborne surveillance
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Tupolev
First flight 12 November 1952
Introduction 1956
Status In service
Primary users Soviet Air Forces
Soviet Navy
Russian Air Force
Produced 1952–1994
Number built 500+
Variants Tupolev Tu-114 passenger airliner
Tupolev Tu-142 maritime patrol
Tupolev Tu-95LAL nuclear-powered

Tu-95MS aircraft is based on the Tu-142 and thus differs in a number of details from the Tu-95. The nose of the Tu-95MS is similar to that of the Bear-C and Bear-G, but with a deeper, shorter radome, cable ducts running
back along bothsides of the fuselage. It lacks the 178-cm forward fusela ge plug of the maritime Tu-142, and retains the shorter fin and horizontal, un drooped refueling probe of previous bomber variants. The rear gun turret is a new design, with a single twin-barreled GSh-23L cannon in place of the pair of single-barrel NR-23s carried on earlier models. After carrying out successful tests, the first of which was in September 1979, series production started in 1981.

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With the reopening of the BEAR production line, the Soviets began producing a new, upgraded variant of the BEAR turbo prop bomber, thereby increasing their long-range bomber force. This entirely new variant of the BEAR bomber – the BEAR H – became the launch platform for the long-range Kh-55 [AS-15] air-launched cruise missile. The initial version carried Kh-55 air-to-surface missiles located in the bomb bay on a catapult. This was the first new production of a strike version of the BEAR airframe since the 1960s. With the BEAR H in series production, the decline in the inventory of BEAR aircraft, characteristic of the late 1970s, was reversed. By 1988 BEAR H bombers were regularly observed simulating attacks against North America.

Russian Air Force still using this Soviet made bird in version MS or Bear H, and about 50 are in service. Its one of the famous bomber airplane in the world.

Some photos of Tu-95MS Bear and other versions:

General characteristics

  • Crew: 6–7; pilot, co pilot, flight engineer, communications system operator, navigator, tail gunner plus sometimes another navigator.
  • Length: 46.2 m (151 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 50.10 m (164 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 12.12 m (39 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 310 m² (3,330 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 90,000 kg (198,000 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 171,000 kg (376,200 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 188,000 kg (414,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Kuznetsov NK-12M turboprops, 11,000 kW (14,800 shp) each


  • Maximum speed: 920 km/h (510 knots, 575 mph)
  • Range: 15,000 km (8,100 nmi, 9,400 mi) unrefueled
  • Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10 m/s (2,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 606 kg/m² (124 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 235 W/kg (0.143 hp/lb)


  • Radar-controlled guns: 1 or 2 × 23 mm AM-23 autocannon in tail turret.
  • Missiles: Up to 15,000 kg (33,000 lb), including the Raduga Kh-20, Kh-22, and Kh-55/101/102 Air-to-surface missiles.
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