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August 31, 2013

Russian next generation long range bomber PAK DA will use hypersonic missiles

Russia’s next generation long-range bomber PAK-DA will be armed with hypersonic weapons, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti Friday.

“PAK-DA will be equipped with all advanced types of precision guided weapons, including hypersonic,” the source said, adding that the bomber itself will be subsonic.

Earlier this week, Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, revealed that Russia has developed a hypersonic missile. However, he added that although it has been developed, it can only make seconds-long flights.

The PAK DA is the Russian next-generation strategic bomber design, developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau. PAK DA stands for Perspective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation 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 delivered in 2020






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