OK to this does look a bit like fan art. But I'm sure it CAN be done.
The question is whether Russia and its partners will want to.
Either way, its a seriously impressive piece of kit.
I suppose you could do civilian variants too.
Maybe this is Russia's way of telling America to start growing up?
They say the devil is in the detail.
The initial plan is a 900kph aircraft, then there is talk of a 2000kph, then "probably hypersonic".
It would be intreresting to see the planned timeframes for all 3.
Yes I reported on the PAK TA project some 6 months ago but their wasn't any specifics. My thoughts are that the project seems too optimistic, 200 ton payload capability is possible, so is supersonic speed, but both 200 ton payload and supersonic speed? I think it isn't impossible, but is it probable? It can possibly be done, however what if it turns out to be extremely expensive? Like $1 or 2 billion a piece? Surely that wouldn't be worth the cost? 200 ton payload at 'sub-sonic' speed seems like it's a more cost-effective a viable target/option, but here's a case where I would love nothing more than to be proven wrong, but I have to see it before I can believe it...as in it leaves the drawing board stage, and with actual flying prototypes that meet the advertised requirements.