I realize that there are many problems with the Russian Air force today, and that the US actually keeps the planes flight worthy, and I understand the pointing of fingers that someone was coping someone else. I am gonna compare the bombers, but would like input on which one you guys think is better
TU95 has a similar role to the B52-- which one is better, and will last longer?
-I think that the B52 was more successful in its original role, but the TU95 was more adaptable and more effective doing everything. My wager is that the Bear stays longer, doing its ASW work. The bear looks like it will become the mainstay of the Russian air force, because of the really small production numbers and disrepair of the TU160s. This coupled with huge numbers and spares, both from scrapped TU95. The Buffs are getting old, with the newest models being 45 years old. Age, spares, fatigue, and many other factors make them go sooner.
TU160 has a similar to the B1B-- which one is better, and will last longer (yes, I understand that they had different original missions, but now that Russia is doing an upgrade similar to the CMUP they are really similar roles)?
-I think that the B1B will last longer but theTU160 was a better aircraft, as it retained its mach 2 capabilities, even if it is a lot larger. Here are the specs:
Wingspan, fully swept 35.6m 23.85m
Wingspan, fully spread 55.7m 41.66m
Length 54.1m 44.42m
MTOW 275000kg 216367kg
Thrust to weight Ratio 36% 26%
Max speed (at sea level) 1030km/h 963km/h
Max Range 13950km 12040km