The Tupolev Tu-95 has this long and quite substantial appearing projection from it's nose just under the cockpit windscreen:

Tupolev Tu-95

What is this? I initially though this might be a cannon but being a heavy bomber, that makes little sense as it would be quite difficult to aim effectively.

  • $\begingroup$ I always assumed it is an air-to-air refuelling probe. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 17:18

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That boom is the refueling probe used for in-air refueling:


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You can see it in action in this photo, where an Il-76 is refueling a Tu-95:

Tu-95 getting a refuel from a Il-76

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