The Tu-142 was a anti-submarine warfare development of the Tu-95 'Bear'. It had a new wing with a supercritical profile, a redesigned cockpit, a longer front fuselage, hydraullically boosted controls, and larger fuel tanks. The later developments of the Tu-95 adopted this new fuselage. The first Tu-142 batch had 12-wheel maingear bogies, because the AV-MF wanted to operate this enormous aircraft to operate from dirt strips, but later conventional four-wheel bogied were fitted. The Tu-142MR Bear-J is a communications relay aircraft, with a trailing antenna wire system for long-wave communications with submarines.

Nation of origin: Soviet Union
Prime contractor: Tupolev Design Bureau
Function: Intercontinental heavy bomber
Crew: 7-10
Year: 1952
In-service year: 1956
Length: 49.5 m / 162 ft 5 in
Height: 12.12 m / 39 ft 9 in
Wing span: 51.1 m / 167 ft 8 in
Wing Area: 289.9m2
Empty Weight: 198,415 lb
Max. Weight: 414,470 lb
Ceiling: 41,000 ft
Engine: Four Kuznetsov NK-12MV turboprops, 14,795 shp each
Speed: 925 km/h / 575 mph / M0.83
Range: 12,550 km / 7,800 miles
Armament: One or two AM-23 23mm cannons in tail turret, plus up to 16 cruise missiles and various conventional and nuclear bombs