Specifications for the
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
Long-Range Anti-Submarine Warfare Bomber
Focus Model: Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear-F)
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Tupolev - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1972
Length: 173.88 ft (53 m)
Width: 164.04 ft (50.00 m)
Height: 39.37ft (12.00 m)
Weight (Empty): 198,416 lb (90,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 407,855 lb (185,000 kg)
Powerplant: 4 x Kuznetsov NK-12MP turboprop engines developing 14,795 horsepower while driving two three-bladed contra-rotating propellers each.
Maximum Speed: 575 mph (925 kmh; 499 kts)
Maximum Range: 4,039 miles (6,500 km)
Service Ceiling: 39,370 ft (12,000 m; 7.5 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 0 feet-per-minute (0 m/min)
1 x 23mm cannon in tail position.
Up to 19,800lbs of mission-specific ordnance that includes sonobouys, torpedoes, naval mines and anti-ship missiles.
Tu-95PLO - Original ASW variant studied by Tupolev
Tu-142 ("Bear-F") - Base series designation; based on the Tu-95 with lengthened fuselage and 1 x 23mm tail gun; revised wings with additional surface area; revised undercarriage for unprepared runway use; search radar in ventral radome; overwater navigation systems support and clearance for various naval-minded munitions.
Tu-142M ("Bear-F Mod I") - Lengthened fuselage; revised cockpit flight deck; simplified undercarriage; weight-savings initiative to promote better field performance.
Tu-142M ("Bear-F Mod II") - Lengthened fuselage; Mod I undercarriage.
Tu-142MK ("Bear-F Mod III") - Improved Tu-142M with new radar, avionics and sub-hunting equipment; 43 examples produced replacing Mod II models.
Tu-142MK-E - Export variant with reduced mission functionality and English labeling; Indian Navy sole customer of eight examples.
Tu-142MZ - Upgraded Tu-142Ms with new Kuznetsov NK-12MP engines of 14,795 horsepower each; self-starting engine capability; updated avionics; revised chin fairing; improved ECM.
Tu-142MZ-K - Proposed commercial cargo freighter based on the Tu-142MZ; appropriately demilitarized; not produced.
Tu-142MP - Avionics testbed; converted from existing Tu-142M airframe.
Tu-142MR ("Bear-J") - Modified Tu-142MK for submarine communications relay role.
Tu-142LL - Turbofan-based test airframes; two examples.
India; Russia; Soviet Union