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The Russian air force has selected a subsonic Tupolev flying wing proposal as the basis for its PAK-DA long-range bomber programme, according to command sources quoted by local media. If confirmed, the choice would end a long campaign by deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin to develop a hypersonic aircraft, which appears to have been abandoned as technically incompatible with the air force's insistence on extended-range performance and stealth characteristics.
Moscow announced a competition for bomber designs during 2012. Its programme "attracted several proposals from various design bureaus, including the Tupolev flying-wing design and at least one hypersonic proposal", a defence ministry source told the Izvestia newspaper.
A blended fuselage flying-wing design will permit installation of the engines inside the aircraft, maximising stealth and minimising the aircraft's infrared signature, air force sources say.
"Given the timescale, the general state of the Russian aerospace sector, the demands being placed upon it, and the likely available funding, a high-speed option was unlikely to be favoured given the enormous technical risk," says Douglas Barrie, air warfare analyst with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. "Hypersonics may feature as part of the PAK-DA programme, but as strike weapons carried within the aircraft's internal bay or bays."
Originally posted by Aliensun
Why is there some limits being applied to aircraft above mach 1?
Some of you get tired of my trying to ruin your nice conventional chatter every once in awhile, but I get tired of the endless attempts by so-called enthusiasts attempt to portray and convey all is alive and well with aviation.
Fellows, the triangles prove two things,
First, all conventional aviation, the use of air and "flight" itself, is by-passed by the triangles that simply negate mass to lift and move. Second, the existence of the triangles virtually prove that UFOs, alien technologies, are here.
Originally posted by tinhattribunal
reply to post by Zaphod58
? why would a hypersonic aircraft be technically incompatible with the air force's insistence on extended-range performance and stealth characteristics.