Why do you make Russian using bomber as a one off affair against US.
They can use it against NATO countries or China or US military bases else where.
Austin ,your point is absolutely correct if we talk of the overall capabilities of long range bombers ,but Rogozin was talking of the crucial nuclear delivery
capabilities of strategic bombers
I image that you would surely agree that if today is necessary to select the requirements for PAKDA we must "shape" them around the most demanding
,and those are just those that will allow
the new Air Force long range nuclear delivery system to carry out its primary mission
against any possible enemy and in a future environment, taking into account defence capabilities 25-30 years from now .The features of long range bombers
and those of theirs weapon systems "optimized" for different roles ,outside nuclear delivery tasks
, for russain doctrine are only those that ,if employed, will not trigger a nuclear response by part of a main opponent
A typical example are weapons and systems aimed at provide long range bombers with the capability to reliably and safely destroy enemy naval forces from stand-off range.
In a particular serious crisis between Russian Federation and a main opponent ,after that the enemy naval forces would have, for example, repeatedly refused to remain outside a "safe" distance from Russian coasts ,the selective destruction of an enemy naval group ,will not only not trigger a nuclear response ,but will also likely force enemy's Command to quickly breack an encirclement attempt or even return to the diplomatic table.
More ever these days bombers are being converted for accurate conventional bombing ......look at Tu-160M upgrade and Tu-22M3M upgrade
Yes Austin ,in fact as previously mentioned those modernizations are just aimed to increase the capability of those aircraft to employ new type of weapons at theirs best.
If instead you mean PGM -Precison Guided Munitions- to be used in local conflicts , the fleet of Su-34 and modernized SU-24M witht theirs new models of the KAB series ,the new UPAB and also the various models of Kh-38M will offerer a very wide option for this type of missions and at a very long range.