Rumor has it that the new Russian birdie will look something like this. This is PAK DA (Prospective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation), also known as “Product 80”. It is a next-generation strategic missile bomber that takes the arms race to the next level.
The PAK DA will be able to carry out most of the strike missions outside the air defense zone using high-precision long-range weapons – promising cruise and hypersonic missiles.
China and the United States are building similar machines at the moment. Russia’s should go into operation in 2027. American and Chinese – about the same. Although there is a suspicion that China will commission the aircraft much earlier.
Be that as it may, first of all, this is a race between the United States and China. The first copies will probably go to the Asia-Pacific region. For the United States, this direction is more important than Europe.
The Tupolev Prospective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA), codenamed Poslannik, is a next-generation nuclear-capable strategic bomber, built by Moscow based aerospace giant Tupolev for the Russian Air Force.
The deliveries of the long-range strategic bomber PAK DA to Russia’s Aerospace Force are expected to begin in 2025-2030 after trials. In January, Tupolev CEO Konyukhov said that the timeframe of creating the PAK DA is comparable with the term of creating the Tu-144 supersonic passenger plane and would equal about five-seven years.
The new strategic bomber might take to the skies in 2025-2026 and go into series production in 2028 or 2029.
combat capabilities of the future Russian stealth bomber, also called the Advanced Long-Range Aviation Complex (PAK DA).
Earlier that day, it was reported that the Ministry of Defense approved the final appearance of the PAK DA, which is being developed by the Tupolev.
The aircraft, created under the PAK DA program, was decided to be made subsonic.
Flying at a subsonic speed is more economical, and the range of a Russian bomber can be very long, almost any, said Dmitry Kornev.
Despite the fact that at supersonic speed the aircraft can reach the target faster, modern air defense systems are able to shoot down any aircraft, even at supersonic speed, the military expert noted.
“PAK DA will be a subsonic flying platform for the use of various types of missile systems from areas outside the enemy’s air defense. These can be zones over the Pacific Ocean, zones over the Atlantic, over the North Pole, ”the specialist explained.
According to him, the aircraft will be able to be on combat patrol for a long time, receive an order for use, refuel, move to another region and use the missile systems that it will carry.
“Most likely, the plane will have two bays for weapons. Left and right. There is a possibility that it will have one large compartment in the center, but it is unlikely, based on design features. A compartment that is too large will have to be made to carry everything you need, ”said Kornev.
The PAK DA will carry long-range missile systems, most likely subsonic missiles such as the Kh-101, which were first used in Syria with a long range, said the editor-in-chief of the MilitaryRussia.ru website.
It is also likely that the bomber will carry new types of subsonic or transonic long-range cruise missiles with stealth configuration. Moreover, Dmitry Kornev is almost certain that the plane will carry hypersonic missiles.
“It will be almost impossible to shoot down hypersonic missiles, so he will need them to destroy air defense systems. For example, in order to clear the way for a more massive use of slower, but more effective subsonic missiles. Because hypersonic missiles are likely to have a slightly shorter range than subsonic ones, ”Kornev emphasized.
The design of the PAK DA aircraft will resemble the scheme of the American heavy stealth strategic bomber B2 – “flying wing”, said Dmitry Kornev.
“Minimum protruding parts – B2 has no keel, no fins, just a wing. This configuration has the lowest radar signature, ”the expert explained.
The reduced radar signature of the PAK DA may well make it invisible to enemy air defense systems in those areas from which it is planned to use it, Kornev concluded.
Earlier, on April 2, it was reported that the Ministry of Defense is working on a project to create a special unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a control system for it to combat submarines. Potential platforms for the creation of such an apparatus are now being studied.