Russian air force to deploy new stealth bomber in 2025-2030
Russian Air Force will be equipped with a new-generation strategic bomber using stealth technology in 2025-2030, said the commander of Russia's strategic aviation on Tuesday.
The research and design work of the new-generation strategic bomber is underway, Russian Long-Range Aviation Commander Major-General Anatoly Zhikharev told the Itar-Tass news agency.
With superior combative and taking-off performance, the new strategic bomber designed with stealth technology will replace the Tu-95MS, the Tu-160, and long-range Tu-22M3 strategic bombers currently in service between 2025 and 2030, said Zhikharev.
Meanwhile, Russian Air Force has planned to launch an extensive modernization project among the aircraft of its strategic aviation, he added, 30 percent of which will be updated by 2015, Xinhua reported.
The president of Russian aircraft manufacturer Alexander Bobryshev said in late December that a new-generation Tu strategic bomber would be developed by 2017.
He said the draft of the new airplane would be finished by 2012.