Design Details Suspected Russian PAK DA Bomber Could Be Armed With Kinzhal Missiles

Design Details Suspected Russian PAK DA Bomber Could Be Armed With Kinzhal Missiles
Design Details Suspected Russian PAK DA Bomber

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- PAK DA is arguably Russia's platform to challenge US dominance in terms of stealth technology. This can be seen from the presence of the US state-owned B-2 bomber. Moreover, there is also the US B-21 Raider stealth bomber which is currently on schedule and under budget.

The PAK DA is scheduled to be disclosed to the public before the end of the year. However, as we know from the development of the Su-57, Russia has not yet mastered the technical aspects of building a stealth aircraft.

Quoted from, according to The Drive's Thomas Newdick, the Russian patent granted to Tupolev regarding the engine inlet could provide a first look at the design of the PAK DA. The illustration submitted in the patent application depicts the intended inlet in an airplane wing.

Although not officially identified as the PAK DA, the illustration aircraft appears to represent a low-observability design. However, it's not as stealthy as Moscow has previously published.

In particular, the aircraft pictured does not appear to have the special exhaust design, which the PAK DA required to have stealth characteristics. This is similar to the initial iteration of the S-70, where the exhaust design of the aircraft did not match the stealth profile of the drone in question.

Quoted from, the PAK DA utilizes a flying wing design, similar to the B-2 Spirit Northrop and B-21 Raider. According to Russian reports, the PAK DA will be capable of carrying a wide range of conventional and nuclear weapons. It's also expected to network with aerial drones in some way, though details about those efforts remain scarce.

While the stealth of this bomber may be questionable, it is likely that all of this munition will be carried internally. Among the various weapons available are the latest hypersonic missiles that Russia is developing. The first was undoubtedly Kinzhal.

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal is an air-launched hypersonic ballistic missile with a claimed range of over 2,000 kilometers (about 1,243 miles). It also has a top speed that is claimed to exceed Mach 10 (or about 7,672 miles per hour).

The missile can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead, with a maximum nuclear yield of about 500 kilotons, which is more than 30 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

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