that , “IAF never ever considered nor did Russians ever presented any
proposal on it ” has quoted by a serving IAF official when asked on
rumors of India’s interest in PAK-DA development or purchase .
PAK DA (or PAK-DA), is a next generation strategic bomber which is being
developed by Russia. It stands for Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks
Dalney Aviatsyi which means Future Air Complex for Strategic Air Forces.
The PAK DA is going to be heavily based on Russia’s current supersonic
bomber Tupolev Tu-160 and is expected to have it’s maiden flight by
2015. and enter service by 2020-25 time frame .
Currently, the Russian air force has Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic bombers,
as well as long range Tu-22 bombers. Indian Navy is past was interested
in renting four Tu-22M bombers , but officially no explanation was
given byIndian Navy on backing out, but sources close to idrw.org have
told us that high maintenance cost and further expenditure on
up-gradation of this aircraft’s which had to be borne by India and it is
been also told that Tu-22M on offer where not in best of shape in terms
of maintenance and airframe life where possible reason why Indian Navy
turned away from this aircraft’s.
Rumors of Indian interest or Russian proposal of PAK-DA sparked of
lately when India’s Strategic Nuclear Command requested to have its own
separate fighter bombers for nuclear platform , Russian offer or PAK-DA
purchase seems to be pure media speculation and doesn’t hold ground .
but demand of SNC for immediate purchase of new aircraft’s for this jobs
is still under review by Goverment of India .