Russia is working on a bomber to perform tasks in space
РИА Новости http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20160713/1465167464.html#ixzz4ENYefCf0MOSCOW, July 13 — RIA Novosti. Russia is developing a hypersonic bomber able to strike from the air space and outer space, told RIA Novosti the Professor of branch of Military Academy of the strategic Missile forces (RVSN) Colonel Alexey Solodovnikov.
Earlier, the commander of the strategic missile forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev announced that the Serpukhov branch of the Military Academy RVSN named after Peter the Great developed and tested the engine for advanced aerospace aircraft. The unit is scheduled to present at the international military-technical forum "Army-2016".
"The idea is this: start from conventional airfields, it will take off to patrol the airspace. After receiving a command — flies into space to accomplish strike missions, and then returns back to their base. This is a strategic aircraft", — said Solodovnikov.
He added that the new machine will have a broad experience and be able for one to two hours to reach any point of the planet through space.
"We attract TSAGI (Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute), because they will have to help with the glider, now we will determine the characteristics of the aircraft. I think that the starting weight will be 20-25 tons, so it was a shock. It is planned that hypersonic speed will achieve in rocket mode", — said Solodovnikov.
The prototype turbofan engine, which can operate in atmosphere and space to switch to flight mode, will be created by 2020.
The question is 25tons is very little. Even in unmanned mode world reach with such mass? what is th epayload then? 1ton?
Then would it be something like militarized BOR-4/Spiral concept? Pls check wiki
Also "on the basis of the Bor-4 was designed maneuvering warheads space-based, whose main task was the bombing of America from space with minimal flight time to the target (5...7 minutes)". Lukashevich V. P., financial Director of JSC "international consortium Multipurpose aerospace system."