The magazine Air & Cosmos gives interesting information about the project of the new Russian bomber PAK DA. So, it is reported that the competition for its creation was announced in 2007, the winner of which was the Tupolev Design Bureau in August 2009. The KB has signed a three-year contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia on the R & D "Messenger". Within the framework of the research project of the Design Bureau, Tupolev prepared a draft "product 80", approved in the spring of 2013. On December 23, 2013, the UAC for its part signed a contract for a technical project of PAK DA, which was approved in 2016.
Product 80 is a "flying wing" takeoff weight of 145 tons and a payload of 30 tons. PAK DA is almost twice as light as Tu-160 and is located between Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS. Tu-160 weighs 275 tons, Tu-95MS 185 tons and Tu-22M3 weighs 124 tons. The head of long-range aviation Anatoly Yakovlev said that the PAK DA will be a plane created according to the "flying wing" scheme with subsonic speed and a range of 15,000 km without refueling. The aircraft will be equipped with two engines "Product of the Russian Federation" with a thrust of 23 tons, created on the basis of the engine NK-32-02 ("product P"). The company ODK-Kuznetsov began its development in December 2014.
During a press conference in December 2014, Anatoly Yakovlev said that the prototype PAK DA will take off in 2019, and the aircraft will go to the combat units in 2023-2025. However, in 2015 the idea of resuming production of the Tu-160M2 was accelerated and the PAK DA program was postponed to a later date. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that because of the Tu-160M2 program, the PAK DA project "will be postponed somewhat." It can be assumed that the plans for PAK DA have shifted to the right about five years.