The PAK DA is a Russian next-generation strategic bomber design, developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau. The PAK DA was planned to be a new stealthy strategic bomber and is expected to enter service in 2025–30, with the first aircraft delivery will now occur in 2023.
The PAK DA will be a less ambitious project than the American Long-Range Strike-Bomber.
General Anatoly Zhikharev has said that an unmanned strategic bomber may follow the PAK DA after 2040.
Speculation about the PAK DA design include a combat radius of around 3,500 kilometers with full payload, a loaded weight of 100 to 120 tonnes, 4 engines and the possible use of some equipment from the Sukhoi PAK FA project such as avionics and engine
The PAK DA will be equipped with advanced types of precision guided weapons, including hypersonic weapons. The bomber itself will fly at subsonic speeds. A Russian hypersonic missile is in development, but is currently only able to fly for a few seconds. Hypersonic technology is being pursued so Russia does not fall behind American development of similar weapon.
SOURCES – Wikipedia, the Aviationist
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