As part of its strategic aviation modernization program, Russia is upgrading not only its Tu-160 bombers - Tu-95MS planes also receive an upgrade. One of the Tu-95 aircraft just returned to Engels after spending a year at the Taganrog Aviation Plant. The plane was christened "Dubna" after the Dubna city near Moscow. According to Dmitri Antonov, the chief designer of the Tu-95M, this particular aircraft was built 17 year ago. Antonov said that the Tu-95MS planes could stay in service for as long as 40 years.

UPDATE 07/09/08: As it turned out, it was not an upgrade, just a scheduled overhaul.