Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko spoke about when the promising long-range aviation complex (PAK YES) will enter the Russian Air Force.
During an interview with the magazine "Defense of Russia" The representative of the military department said that the new aircraft, among other new and modern weapons, will go to the armed forces before the end of the current state arms program, which is designed until 2027.
The publication quotes the words of the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation:
In accordance with the State Armament Program, up to 2027 (...) the strategic nuclear forces will be armed with: Borey-A strategic missile submarines, a long-range long-range aviation complex, strategic missile systems, fixed and mobile.
The new airline complex developed at Tupolev Design Bureau will replace long-range and strategic bombers and missile carriers Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3, which now form the basis of long-range combat aircraft in Russia.
The concept of the new long-range aviation complex is based on the flying wing aerodynamic design and the ability to carry out combat missions without fighter escort. For this, in addition to hypersonic weapons, the PAK DA will have air-to-air missiles.