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New engines to boost Tu-95MS strategic bombers’ flight range

A new modification of the NK-12 engine for Russian strategic Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers will help increase their range and load and almost halve the level of the motors’ vibration, the press office of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec said on Thursday.
"The NK-12MPM engine developed by the Samara-based Kuznetsov public company (part of the UEC [United Engine Corporation] within Rostec) is a modification of the NK-12MP, the world’s most powerful (15,000 hp) serial-produced turbo-prop engine," says the statement obtained by TASS.
"It allows improving the aircraft’s take-off characteristics and increasing the load-carrying capacity and the flight range of the missile-carrying bomber. The new powerplant uses more powerful propellers created by Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise while the new design solutions have almost halved the vibration level," the statement reads.
"Currently, the Tu-95MS equipped with the NK-12MPM engine is undergoing the Russian Defense Ministry’s state trials," Rostec said.
TASS