The engine for the next-generation long-range strategic bomber (PAK DA) will be developed using the engine core of the engine, which powers Tu-160 strategic bomber, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec State Corporation).
"Tu-160 jet is powered by NK-32 engines; this engine will be upgraded and modified and then it will be installed on PAK DA. It will be a new engine derived from engine core of NK-32 Tier 2 engine", — representatives of UEC told RIA Novosti at Oboronexpo-2014 exhibition held in Zhukovsky (Moscow Region).
"8 billion rubles will be allocated from the budget for development of the engine; the corporation’s own funds will also be used", — UEC added.
The official magazine of Oboronexpo-2014 international exhibition reports with reference to the CEO of UEC, Vladislav Masalov, that a contract for development of the engine for PAK DA bomber has not been signed yet. However, performance specification, preliminary program schedule and contract terms are being discussed.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General, Viktor Bondarev, said earlier that PAK DA will perform its maiden flight in 2019 and its serial production will be started in 2012-2022.