Development of PAK DA bomber moved from preliminary design stage to research and development work

 

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Russian defense industry has already started research and development work (R&D) in the network of PAK DA project (next-generation strategic bomber), RIA Novosti reports with reference to Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission of Russia, Oleg Bochkarev.

«Today another step is being taken in the area of strategic aviation. The goal has been set and development of new aircraft is underway. Research and development work is in progress,» Bochkarev said.

According to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, deliveries of PAK DA to Russian armed forces will be started in 2023. Earlier another date was announced — 2020. It will be a subsonic bomber and it will be able to carry out missions, which are being carried out by three aircraft types – Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3.

Unofficially, PAK DA may be fitted with hypersonic weapons. Presumably, the new bomber will have a high combat power and it will be able to penetrate the advanced air defenses.

The maiden flight of the next-generation PAK DA bomber is scheduled for 2019

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The next-generation PAK DA bomber will perform its maiden flight in 2019, the program is on schedule, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, said, Interfax reports.

“The program for development of PAK DA is on schedule, there are no delays. The jet’s maiden flight is scheduled for 2019, the next stages are testing and mass production,” Bondarev said.

He reminded that Tupolev Company is developing PAK DA in cooperation with Kazan Aviation Plant named after S.P. Gorbunov (KAPO).

The financing of PAK DA project has already been started

The financing of PAK DA project has already been started

Russian Military Technologies, 06.03.2014
The financing of PAK DA (Russian next-generation strategic bomber) project has already been started; it will be a part of the new State Arms Program for 2016-2025, Director of Department of Aviation Industry of Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Andrey Boginsky, said at Singapore Airshow 2014, RIA Novosti reports.

The contract for development of PAK DA between the Ministry of Defense and an enterprise was signed in December 2013.

“The financing of the project has already been started; it will be a part of the new State Arms Program for 2016-2025”, — Boginsky said. At present Russia’s long-range aviation operates Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers.

Russia Speeds Up Development of New Strategic Bomber

Russia Speeds  Up  Development of New Strategic Bomber

SOCHI, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will begin the full-scale R&D work on its future strategic bomber in 2014, a senior aircraft-manufacturing industry official said Thursday.

The project, known as PAK-DA (an acronym meaning “future long-range aircraft”), has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year.

“A decision was made this year to expedite the development of the PAK-DA aircraft,” Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, said at a meeting on the future of the Russian air force chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

“We finished coordinating the project with the Defense Ministry in September and at present we are getting ready to start full-scale work on research and development of these aircraft next year,” Pogosyan said.

According to Russian media reports citing defense ministry sources, the Tupolev design bureau has won the PAK-DA development tender with its concept for a subsonic aircraft with a “flying wing” shape that provides superior “stealth capabilities.”

The Defense Ministry insisted that the PAK-DA should be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems and armed with new nuclear-capable long-range cruise missiles in addition to a variety of high-precision conventional weapons.

The new bomber is expected to go into production by 2020 and will most likely be built at a new aircraft assembly line at Russia’s Kazan plant (KAPO), according to defense ministry officials.

The PAK-DA is due to replace Russia’s aging fleet of 63 Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear and 13 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers in the next decade.

Pogosyan said Thursday that the preliminary tests of the modernized Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers have been completed and they will now undergo a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission.

He did not specify the number of modernized aircraft to be inspected.

According to aircraft industry officials, the modernized bombers feature new weaponry, improved electronics and avionics that double their combat effectiveness.

Russian Defence Ministry signs $100 mln deal to overhaul 3 Tu-160 bombers

Russian Defence Ministry signs  $100 mln deal to overhaul 3  Tu-160 bombers

MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Defense Ministry has signed a 3.4 billion ruble ($103 million) contract with the Tupolev design bureau and Kazan Aircraft Plant to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers, Tupolev said Friday.

The delivery date for the supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber is December 31, 2015, the company said.

The ministry said last year at least 10 of the Russian Air Force’s Tu-160 bombers will be modernized by 2020, after which the upgraded aircraft will remain in service until a new-generation strategic bomber known as PAK-DA is developed.

The Tu-160, which entered service in 1987 and remains the largest supersonic aircraft in the world, is designed to engage strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons.

Russian Air Force approves new bomber designe

Russian Air Force approves new bomber degigne

MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Air Force has approved the conceptual design and specification of its future PAK-DA strategic bomber, paving the way for development of components for the aircraft, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Thursday.

“The development of the aircraft is going as planned. The outline of its design and characteristics has been approved and all relevant documents have been signed allowing the industry to start the development of systems for this plane,” Bondarev said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers.

The PAK-DA (meaning future long-range aircraft) project has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year. It is due to replace Russia’s aging fleet of 63 Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear and 13 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers in the next decade.

According to recent reports in the Russian media, citing defense ministry sources, the Tupolev design bureau has won the PAK-DA development tender with its concept for a subsonic aircraft with a “flying wing” shape which provides superior “stealth capabilities.”

The Defense Ministry insisted that the PAK-DA should be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems and armed with new nuclear-capable long-range cruise missiles in addition to a veriety of high-precision conventional weapons.

The new bomber is expected to go in production by 2020 and will be built at a new aircraft assembly line at Russia’s Kazan plant (KAPO), according to defense ministry officials. The same plant previously built the Tu-95MS and Tu-160