The Russian Tupolev aerospace and defence company has created the first full-scale mock-up of the prospective aviation complex for long-range aviation (PAK-DA). New strategic bomber is being designed for the Russian Aerospace Forces. It is to replace three planes at once - the Tu-22M3, Tu - 95MS and Tu-160.
It is known that there are several composite and wooden mock-ups under the 'flying wing' scheme. Due to the stealth technology, radar-absorbent materials may be used.
What about weapon, it will be installed inside the bomber. The combat vehicle will be also stuffed with up-to-date electronic warfare systems. Airborne armament will also comprise long-range hypersonic missiles.
According to designers, requirements of the Aerospace Forces for the new long-range aircraft are quite high: it is both a strategic bomber and operational tactical carrier bomber. The first trial model may take off as early as in 2025, while demonstration in public will take place next year.
"The tests of the missile with characteristics prohibited under the Treaty took place only 16 days after Washington completed the denunciation of the said Treaty. It is obvious that it was not improvisation," Putin said