KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, August 22. /TASS/. The stage of the conceptual design of the PAK DA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation) next-generation strategic bomber is over, Head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told Zvezda TV Channel on Wednesday.
"Last year, we completed the stage of the conceptual design work and signed two contracts at the end of the year with the Defense Ministry as the basic customer and with the Industry and Trade Ministry, which provides for creating required basic crucial technologies," the UAC head said.
As Head of the Federation Council Defense Committee Viktor Bondarev said earlier, Russian specialists are completing R&D work on the project of developing the prospective airborne complex of long-range aviation as a multirole plane to replace Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and subsequently Tu-160 bombers.
The delivery of PAK DA next-generation bombers are planned for 2025-2030 after their trials are over.
Then-Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said earlier that the new strategic bomber might be shown to the public already in 2018. He also said that the next-generation bomber might take to the skies for the first time in 2025-2026 and go into serial production in 2028 or 2029.
Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Oleg Bocharov has said that the production facilities for rolling out these bombers can be created at the Kazan Aviation Enterprise by 2025.