The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 August 2007

Speaking of oxidation

You know all that sabre-rattling the Russians have been doing? Rusty sabres at best, says Tam:

Military aviation nerds are probably chuckling by now, and we should let the rest of y'all in on the joke. The Tu-95 is a bomber that was state of the art at the time of its first flight, in 1952. An aircraft that makes the equally geriatric B-52 look sleek and modern by comparison, the Tu-95 Bear hasn't been a viable strategic threat since before JFK took office. The Tu-160 Blackjack, on the other hand, is state of the art circa 1970. Designed to fly really high and really fast, the "B-1ski" was a white elephant even before the end of the Cold War, since Surface-to-Air missiles fly higher and faster.

This does not, of course, guarantee that there won't be bigger and badder bombers to come, but it's not like Putin can put a fleet of modern planes on his Soviet Express card ("leaves home without you!") these days.

Posted at 10:12 AM to Dyssynergy


But ... but I heard the Russians were buying supersonic submarines from Iran!

Posted by: McGehee at 12:25 PM on 18 August 2007

A very interesting article on the plane is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu-95

It is amazing to me that these planes are turboprobs, but also amazing that they are so versatile and continue to be such a threat.

Posted by: J. M. Branum at 11:19 PM on 19 August 2007

Doing more with less. It's a tradition of sorts.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:57 AM on 20 August 2007