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Russia’s PAK DA Strategic Bomber Expected to Enter Serial Production in 2027: Report

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Russia's PAK DA Strategic Bomber Expected to Enter Serial Production in 2027: Report

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The Russian stealth bomber the Tupolev PAK DA is expected to enter serial production in 2027.

Preliminary tests are scheduled for April 2023, and state tests for February 2026.

This is stated in the contract of Design Bureau Tupolev for the implementation of experimental design work to develop the means of protecting the crew of the newest strategic bomber, a copy of the document is at the disposal of Izvestia.

PAK DA will be constructed using stealth technology – being practically invisible to enemy radars.

The latest bombers will be armed with hypersonic missiles. They will be able to hit strategically important enemy targets from a distance of several thousands of kilometers, while remaining invulnerable to fighters.

According to the contract, it is planned to release three flight bomber models. Preliminary tests of the assembled prototypes, including the catapult system, are expected to begin in April 2023 and be completed by the fall of 2025. This will be followed by a stage of state testing.

The crew of the new warplane will consist of four people, similar to the strategic bomber Tu-160.

To equip the first PAK DA, 12 catapult seats will be manufactured. Their creation and preparation for mass production will cost 500 million rubles ($8 million).

“The machine is pre-tested in its main operating modes,” honored Test Pilot, Hero of Russia Igor Malikov told Izvestia. “Usually it takes 50-100 flights and half a year or a year of time. In the process, design flaws are identified, they are eliminated. Then the plane is transferred to state tests, on which absolutely everything is checked. The fuselage is tested at different temperatures, heights and speeds.”

For the first time, a new model will fly into the air during factory tests, said Igor Malikov. As a rule, several flights are carried out. They are quite simple: takeoff, one or two circles in the air and then a landing.

Russia's PAK DA Strategic Bomber Expected to Enter Serial Production in 2027: Report

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Russia's PAK DA Strategic Bomber Expected to Enter Serial Production in 2027: Report

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Usually, even the chassis cannot be retracted. At this stage, the main thing is to make sure that the warplane is kept in the air. This stage can last between two to six months.

In 2017, Yuri Borisov, the then Deputy Minister of Defense, said that flight tests of the first prototypes could begin in 2025, and they would be released in 2028–2029.

“The transition to a new generation is a technically complex and long process, and most likely, state tests will stretch for more than two years,” Malikov said. “The new bomber uses new chemical materials and paint; it is constructed under a completely different design.”

The military decided on the final technical appearance of the bomber in July 2017. At the end of the same year, a state contract was signed with PJSC Tupolev to carry out experimental design work to create a strategic bomber.

The program received the code designation “Poslannik-1”. The development of the catapult equipment is part of this multi-billion-ruble project.

Since 2009, Tupolev PJSC has been fulfilling a contract for the general design of the aircraft.

The military decided that the PAK DA will be subsonic and stealth, made according to the “flying wing” scheme (the fuselage and wing of the aircraft represent a single structure, and the chassis does not have a tail). At the beginning of 2017, a full-size layout and digital model appeared.

The aircraft will have an increased flight duration without refueling compared to the Tu-160 and will carry a large combat load. In addition to conventional and nuclear weapons, the PAK DA is also planned to be equipped with hypersonic weapons and air-to-air missiles for self-defense.

At the end of December, Deputy Defense Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko said that defense industry enterprises had already begun to build PAK DA elements that would be used to assemble test units.

Russia's PAK DA Strategic Bomber Expected to Enter Serial Production in 2027: Report

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All of this should be taken with a grain of salt, since these expected dates of serial production and passing of state tests are seldom kept.

The development of the other next-generation Russian warplane should be reminded – the Su-57 fighter jet. Initially, Sukhoi was selected to develop the next-generation fighter jet in 2002, its conceptual designs were completed in 2004. Funding of the project began in 2005. In 2007 the programme’s development stage was concluded and construction of the first aircraft for flight tests would begin. Three flyable prototypes were planned to be built in 2009, the aircraft’s design was finally approved in the same year.

The prototype’s maiden flight was repeatedly postponed from early 2007 after encountering unspecified technical problems. In August 2009, Alexander Zelin acknowledged that problems with the engine and in technical research remained unsolved.

The official maiden flight of the Su-57 took place on January 29th, 2010 and back then estimations were that it would take approximately 9 to 10 years for serial production to begin.

Then, various delays in production took place, and the first fighter jet was expected to delivered in 2016. Then in 2014, it as reported that by 2020 the Russian Air Force expected to receive 55 such warplanes.

Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov stated in 2015 that the Air Force would slow production, reduce its initial order to 12 fighters, and retain large fleets of fourth-generation fighters due to the nation’s economy.

Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev stated that the fighter planned to enter serial production in 2017, after all trials would be completed.

In 2017, Deputy Minister Yury Borisov stated that the Su-57 would most likely enter service in 2018, due to implementation of more advanced engines, and further testing.

On June 30th 2018, it was reported that an order for 12 aircraft was agreed, and the deliveries expected to begin in 2019.

Finally, JSC Sukhoi started the serial production of the aircraft in late July 2019. And the first serially produced Su-57 that was to be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed in late December 2019.

The project’s original estimation was delayed by anywhere between 3 to 5 years, depending on various sources of information, it is not unlikely that the PAK DA’s development and testing phases and subsequent serial production also face some challenges.

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  • Z.P.

    The Sukhoi Company and the Bruk designer of Russian Elbrus microprocessors signed an agreement on joint designs, Sukhoi said.

    —————–
    Sukhoi and Bruk agree on joint design

    The agreement stipulates the creation and introduction of advanced
    computing platform for aviation and other systems on the basis of Elbrus
    microprocessors and adapted multicore protected BagrOS-4000 software,”
    it said.
    The Defense Ministry has previously certified BagrOS-4000 for
    multicore processors. It is successfully used in Su-57 jet and is ready
    to join the avionics of prospective and upgraded aircraft.
    Bagr OS-4000 is a modern real-time and highly effective and mobile
    software. It operates computing resources and organizes them for
    operation in a real-time regime.
    http://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2019-news/april/4967-sukhoi-and-bruk-agree-on-joint-design.html

    • Pave Way IV

      Elbrus? Russia isn’t allowed to use their own microprocessors in their own military equipment. Sanctions!

      You should be using Intel chips from the chip plant in Israel. The ones with the die-based hardware backdoors that Israel hasn’t even fully disclosed to the US. We only know about some of Intel’s old, crappy microcode and firmware backdoors, but that would be enough to hack Russian military equipment. The US needs to know everything. If Russia isn’t doing something bad, then why would they object to the CIA taking an occasional peek inside their systems?

      • Z.P.

        It is Russian Elbrus microprocessors and not
        Elbrus’s.
        By the simple deduction if it was same approach – architecture it is surely not identical copy of the Elbrus tech.
        I don’t even know why Russian company is called “Elbrus”.
        Might be because they had licensed production in the past of Elbrus products or tech.

        From what I know all Russian microchip know-how is based (like many things) on Soviet know how of building microprocessors.
        Russia has only pushed envelope further in micro-processor multi-core development and higher (micron) level of precision.

        Bottom line I have just copy pasted article and don’t consider myself expert on the subject or guarantee that everything is checked and re-checked…
        So consume with moderation.

        • Harry Smith
          • Z.P.

            So it was “moniker”….just name picked up to go along with new new firm and new projects.

            “In 1992 a spin-off company Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies (MCST) was created and continued development, using the “Elbrus” moniker as a brand for all computer systems developed by the company.”

          • Harry Smith

            Yep. Sometimes it’s better to read the original. ROFL.

          • Z.P.

            This is interesting
            “The Elbrus-90 is used to control the S-400 missile system”
            https://web.archive.org/web/20110610221445im_/http://www.mcst.ru/images/2-3_img_3.jpg

          • Avi Schwartz (IDF:71, hamas:0)

            wow, an outdated russkie processor that an i7-3770K beats by a huge margin, is the backbone of the “advanced” Russkie air defenses and radars. What a joke!

          • bob

            Steam driven!

          • Kananda
          • Avi Schwartz (IDF:71, hamas:0)

            piss off, antisemite!

          • Kananda

            I am not antisemite, but anti iSSraeli.

            leave Plastine, or die!

          • Pave Way IV

            One line of Russian supercomputers are built by Elbrus on Elbrus architecture using dedicated Elbrus-branded microprocessors they design. Elbrus = Mt. Elbrus, highest mountain in Europe.

            MCST was the commercial, non-supercomputer spinoff of Elbrus processors and architecture. They make microprocessor branded both Elbrus and MSCT, different from each other and different from the supercomputer project.

            Both companies are still active and still call their main line of microprocessor by that name.

    • Avi Schwartz (IDF:71, hamas:0)

      S-400 is only good at detecting non-stealth, larger radar cross section, high flying aircraft. That’s what it was designed for only. It is 100% useless against F-35’s, B-2 stealth bombers, F-22 super hornets and low flying aircraft. Israel has proven that over 30 times in Syria in 2019 alone, they have humiliated the s-400 and s-300 radars over and over again, and will destroy them with ease if they ever become a problem :D

      • bob

        Like I’ve said before they should ship it all to Africa as E-Waste

  • occupybacon

    By then US bombers will permanently fly on cold fusion without landing.
    https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/compact-fusion.html

    • AM Hants

      LOL, Remind me, but, how many primary faults have they got on the F35 and why did they stop counting at 100?

      How much did the F35 cost and when was she due into active service?

      What was the budget and then what was the budget over-run for the F35? Not forgetting the F22, the pilots refused to fly, owing to oxygen problems, which funnily enough the F35 also finds herself troubled with same problems.

      • Damien C

        The F35 is a Hangar-bum 1 hour up 50 hours in

        • Avi Schwartz (IDF:71, hamas:0)

          Not for the IDF :)
          they’ve used it dozens of times to destroy targets in Syria without ever being detected.

          • Gary Sellars

            They shoot stand-off weapons from the airspace over lebanon.

            How typical of the cowardly Jews. Shoah 2.. coming for you.

      • Jim Bim

        it also uses 3 times more fuel than the F-16.
        The maintenance cost are many times higher than the F-16
        The coating has to be exchanged often.

        • AM Hants

          Cheers, wonder what little Greta has to say about that? Win, win, win for MIC, who get the contracts to keep her from working.

    • Wayne Nicholson

      Cold Fusion sounds about right …. It’ll never power an aircraft but it will do wonders to attract investors who never took a physics class in their life. Of course this plane is invisible too. I wonder if they’ll use the same vapourware as they use on the F-35 or perhaps a clone of Boeings 737 MAX software?

      Meanwhile the Chinese are the world leaders in real fusion.
      https://www.sciencealert.com/china-s-artificial-sun-has-officially-become-hot-enough-for-nuclear-fusion

      • Z.P.

        Nice comment.

        • bob

          They haven’t got anything!

          Waynes obsessed with China

          He should f@#k off and live there

          • Z.P.

            even better you should “f@#k off” and for good.

          • bob

            Hahahahahaha
            Got ya!

          • Wayne Nicholson

            OOOO …. looks like I hit a nerve. You can use fuck here if you like …. unless your mom screens you posts that is.

          • bob

            Hahahahahaha bingo yet again,its like shooting rats in a barrel!

    • Nosferatu

      By then US will reduce the number of faults and defect on F35 below 100 perhaps.

      • Gary Sellars

        fault #1 – can’t fly fast
        fault #2 – can’t climb fast
        fault #3 – can’t turn quickly
        fault #4 – can’t supercruise except for short periods because of overheating
        fault #5 – needs an absurd amoiunt of time in the salon after laaving the hangar
        fault #6 – its stealth doesn’t evade detection by latest radars and sensors

        Nah… its a turkey. Break its neck and throw it into an oven.

      • Wayne Nicholson

        The thing is packed with software and computer chips. Faults are going to pop up faster than they can fix them. It’s not a weapon it’s a flying version of windows vista meant to liberate American taxpayers from their savings.

        • Nosferatu

          exactly. And as a bonus MIG21 can outperform it in speed, range and agility.

  • Damien C

    wasting time on stealth is just wasting time and money, modern advancements in aircraft location systems just render the stealth idea as fancyful

  • AM Hants

    Talking of Russia. Happy belated 20th anniversary to President Putin. It would be quite interesting to see a film featuring everything he has been through and achieved, for Russia since 1 January 2000.

    BREAKING! Kremlin Publishes Archive Footages Including Putin Dancing With US President George Bush…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQf27XihOY

    • bob

      How many other useless authoritarian leaders birthdays do you celebrate

      Hitler?

      Stalin?

      Mussolini?

      Franco?

      I know you love Assad and definitely the MULLAHS

      what a prat!!!!

      • AM Hants

        How many authoritarian leaders quite happily hold 3-4 hour press question and answer marathons, taking questions from thousands of national and international media, both hostile and friendly?

        Then also, repeat similar, to their people, with the 3-4 hour telephone phone-ins, where the people hold the President of their nation to account?

        There again, when somebody has Maddie Albright for a pin up, what would they know or understand with regards world affairs?

        • bob

          BS marathons! which incidentally haven’t changed anything for ordinary Russians, blatherthon more like!

          • Harry Smith

            I am ordinary Russian and Putin change a lot for me since 2000.

          • bob

            Beem me up Scotty !

          • Harry Smith

            Don’t you missed the time for your medicine?

          • bob

            …Bones, quick get me some of that Romulan wine, i think Mr Chekov has gone mad!

          • Harry Smith

            No dude, bones are useless for you, at the moment. Just take the drugs doc put on your table.

          • bob

            Smith???

            How about, Smithovich,yeah…that sounds a bit more Russian,but something missing?

            Ah thats it,how about Smithievna,now that sounds better

          • Harry Smith

            Are you obsessed with a man looking like woman? It’s all right pal. Do not panic! Just take the drugs and hallucinations won’t intensify in the next hours.

          • bob

            Haha very good

          • goingbrokes

            bob is our man from Tel Aviv! Part of a big team…

      • Tudor Miron

        You missed your medication time, again.

        • zman

          I think it’s quite useless, as their is no medication for what ails him. You know, you just can’t fix stupid.

      • RichardD

        How many Zionist Jew puppets in the White House victimizing humanity with Yinon plan forever war do you idolize?

        • bob

          I don’t think i like your tone!

          • Gary Sellars

            Who cares? Go fuck yerself.

          • bob

            Bingo!

            Well that certainly hit the mark

  • Z.P.

    “Algeria is currently in fairly active negotiations with Russia to
    acquire 12 Su-57 fighters with the possibility of increasing the order
    to 24 combat aircraft,” sources were quoted as saying by Russia’s Avia.pro on Monday”


    The only question is against whom (12 or 24 of SU-57) they could possibly need those jets?! The only logical answer is “US & NATO”.

    • bob

      They’re wasting their money!

      NATO and America will hack into them and crash them all into the desert,or turn them against each other,yup thats the one,spoofed and hacked they’d shoot themselves to death

      They’d be better off joining the winning team,NATO,instead of being taken in by Putin the snake oil salesman of useless military junk

      • Harry Smith

        I think NATO doesn’t have to use hackers. The magic powder will be enough. https://media2.giphy.com/media/3o7qDJd71HVHhBpzAk/giphy.gif

      • Nosferatu

        NATO did not even know SU57 was tested in Syria for the second time? Why? cos thier radars could not detect them……

        • bob

          Radars,what radars?

          They don’t have radars,they have steam driven junk!

          They should send it all to Africa as E -Waste

    • Nosferatu

      In order to protect them self from the Lybia scenario.

      • Z.P.

        Exactly!
        I only wonder why would they not want that “democracy” bomb them for their own good….or send them 10 000 foreign jihad mercenaries dressed as “moderate rebels”?!?

        • Gary Sellars

          If there is one thing the Algerians know how to do it’s fight the jihadists in their country. They have a lot of practise…. and are natural allies in the civilisational fight of Humanity vs rabid Wahhabism

    • Avi Schwartz (IDF:71, hamas:0)

      Oh believe me, US and NATO would destroy all Algerian s-400/s-300 and su-57 in a heartbeat. Those junky russkie weapon systems stand no chance against US/IDF F-35’s and US Navy F-18 Super Hornets, let alone the B-2 stealth bomber!

      • Gary Sellars

        Go away oven-dodger.

      • David Doumèche

        listen to that little brat arrogance when his own country can’t even reduce a militicia in Lebanon, and he talk about conquering Algeria
        This is pathetic

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Will it (PAK DA) beat the MiG-25’s absolute ceiling record of 123, 523 feet (in a zoom climb) with it’s own service ceiling?

    • Z.P.

      No I don’t think it will (from already published specs)
      That was not their objective either.
      The new interceptor “PAK-DP” = MIG-41 that will replace
      MIG-31 should brake all MIG-25 records (including speed) and easily.
      MIG-41 will fly up to Mach-4 and will go up to almost reaching lower orbit (that’s at least what they say).It might be dual use manned / unmanned or even completely unmanned.

      The comment you quote is related to SU-57 “low visibility”and use of long range (stealth?) missiles carried inside of the plane (like all other 5th generation jets )
      “Several thousands of kilometers “sounds like range of
      hyper-sonic missile”….(hyper-sonic “Brahmos2” Russian-Indian co production) but the range of that missile is not yet known……….and if not..
      They are simply talking about “Kinzhal” launched by SU-57.

  • Gary Sellars

    “The official maiden flight of the Su-57 took place on January 29th, 2010 and back then estimations were that it would take approximately 9 to 10 years for serial production to begin”

    Well then, they are true to the estimate. Ist serial production units will be received in 2020. What 3-5 years delay is the author talking about???

    • Z.P.

      “2nd stage” engines?
      Since pre-production for the 1st. batch of 12 SU-57 with 1st. stage engines (SU-35 engines) has already started.
      His statement could be related with 2nd. stage (new) engines only.
      The production of the SU-57 with the new 5th generation engines was due to start next year.
      This is the first time I read about such big delay.
      It might be some mistake.

  • Boxman

    Vaporware. And that’s a good thing; Russia shouldn’t waste money developing a large manned bomber. The future is drone swarms and the like, and they can be launched from older aircraft, subs, ships, or local airfields if available. Expensive manned bombers are inefficient.