To be fair, I heard online that PAK-DA won't be exactly a flying wing like the B-2, but will have VGW:
On 30 August 2013, a Russian Defense Ministry source revealed that the PAK DA will be equipped with advanced types of precision-guided weapons, including hypersonic weapons. The bomber itself will fly at subsonic speeds. ..63 Tu-95 bombers will be upgraded and the Tu-95MS is to remain in service until 2040. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_PAK_DA
Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies researcher Mikhail Barabanov, editor of the Moscow Defense Brief, told The National Interest that the Russian Air Force would like the PAK-DA to function as a penetrating strike aircraft similar to the future Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider. “I think that the Russian Air Force wants a penetrator that will complement the Tu-160M2 which is an ALCM [air launched cruise missile] carrier,” Barabanov said. ..The PAK-DA is expected to be subsonic aircraft—as its flying wing configuration suggests. ..But there are those who are skeptical of the PAK-DA project. CNA Corporation research scientist Michael Kofman, who specializes in Russian military affairs, dismissed the latest developments. “It's a wooden mockup,” Kofman told The National Interest. “How's that progress?” Barabanov, however, said that he believes that the PAK-DA project is a genuine effort by Russia to field a new next generation strategic bomber. It is simply a matter of political will for Russia to find the money to pay for such an expensive program. “It is a real project,” Barabanov said. “But it is a rather philosophical question about the level of political support for such projects.”
Here u have it. The political will directly relates to the financial bottom line, & that's why the Tu-160M goes the same "deep modernization" way as Il-76, Il-38, AN-124, Su-27 (i.e Su-35) & MiG-29 (i.e MiG-35). As Mark Twain wrote, "It was against my principles, but I find that high principles have no real force unless one is well fed!"
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