The Russian Aerospace Forces are undergoing an overhaul, looking forward to get a 5th generation subsonic bomber as well as a long-range unmanned strategic bomber that are to be developed in the next 20 years, chief of Russia’s Long-Range Aviation Lieutenant-General Sergey Kobylash told Moskovsky Komsomolets daily on December 22.
“Our aircraft and their weapons are subject to constant improvement. Further development of the long-range aviation is being carried out not only by upgrading Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers to extend their service life, but also by developing the Prospective Aviation Complex for Long-range Aviation – a 5th-gen strategic bomber,” Kobylash said.
He added that the new bomber will be subsonic and capable of “performing all tasks the long-range aviation is facing.”
The PAK-DA has been in the works by the Tupolev Design Bureau since 2009. The bomber will employ stealth technology and be capable of using hypersonic air-to-surface missiles. The aircraft is expected to have a range of 12.500km and a payload of up to 30 tons. The warplane is set to make its first flight in 2025.
Kobylash said that by 2040 the Russian military plans to develop an unmanned 6th generation bomber. No further details were provided.