A recent video shows Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers evading incoming missiles from a simulated enemy during a military exercise.
The Tupolev Tu-95 – first introduced to the USSR armed forces in 1956 – since then has undergone a series of upgrades.
Together with the Tu-160 and Tu-22, the bomber is the backbone of Russia’s bomber force
The Russian MoD plans to keep the planes operational until at least 2040.
According to a statement posted by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), in addition to defense maneuvers, the pilots also “practiced landing jets at operational airfields as well as new and effective methods of hitting ground targets representing enemy positions”.