Russia Could Deploy Sixth Generation Strategic bomber Between 2040 And 2050
12:00 AM, August 3, 2012
By the end of the first half of this century, Russia could deploy its sixth-generation pilotless strategic bomber aircraft. Long-Range Aviation Commander Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, said, “The pilotless bomber could be deployed in 2040-2050, and will replace the existing fleet of Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers”. Meanwhile, a new new-generation strategic bomber aircraft, PAK DA, due to be in service around 2025 is being by the Tupolev design bureau to replace the existing fleet of Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers. The future development of Russia's long-range aviation in Russia has been the subject of some debate in recent months. At present Russia and the United States operate intercontinental range bombers. Nuclear-capable nations rely on intercontinental ballistic missiles based on submarines or in land-based silos, or cruise missiles.