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Russian industry achieved digital model of PAK DA next-generation bomber

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World Defense & Security News - Russia
 
 
Russian industry achieved digital model of PAK DA next-generation bomber
 
A digital model of the Perspective Aircraft Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) next-generation strategic bomber has been developed in Russia, Chief Designer and Vice-President for Innovations at the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov told TASS.
     
RuAF Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber
(Credit: UAC)
     
"The entire world is developing along the path of digital systems and modelling aviation complexes that make it possible not simply to get some blueprints but to work digitally throughout the life cycle: from creating a digital model to operational characteristics or systems. We are also following the path. The digital model is available. Moreover, the United Aircraft Corporation has switched to a single information system," he said.

The single information system helps engineers and designers working for Tupolev Aircraft Company, for example, to share ideas with their colleagues from other enterprises of the corporation.

"It is not important whether it is Tupolev, Sukhoi or MiG: everyone is working in a single information space. The team of engineers-designers available at enterprises works not only for itself but also for the enterprises that are integrated into the United Aircraft Corporation," the chief designer said.

The Perspective Aircraft Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) is a Russian next-generation strategic bomber developed by the Tupolev aircraft manufacturer. R&D work on the bomber started in 2009. The PAK DA will fly at subsonic speeds and carry weapons inside its body. The aircraft design will use stealth technologies to the maximum.

The bomber was initially planned to start arriving in the armed forces in 2023-2025 and the first test flights were scheduled for 2019-2020. It emerged later that the bomber’s development had been rescheduled due to the resumed serial production of the Tu-160 strategic missile carrier.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the next-generation bomber might perform its maiden flight in 2025-2026 and its serial production might begin in 2028-2029.
     
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