Rogozin assured us in an interview with "Izvestiyam":
“Look at the level of development of air defense and missile defense: all these aircraft will not fly anywhere. Neither ours nor them will reach us. We need to think about completely non-trivial things.”
But before that, the Chief of the General Staff, Makarov, addressing the readers of the “Braces”, stated:
“There is progress in creating a new bomber. If we start production, this aircraft will significantly surpass all modern types of such aircraft, including the American ones. It will have a completely new glider.”
Such a contradiction in the opinions of defense leaders caused heated debates among patriotic-minded citizens.
Almost unanimously, we expressed that a new long-range bomber is simply necessary.
Doubts appeared only in relation to the magnitude of the cost of the serial construction of such an aircraft, will it be mastered by the country's budget?
And now the Russian president put an end to these doubts. At a meeting on the implementation of the state armament program in the field of aviation Technology Vladimir Putin said:
“The first is the promising development of the air component of the Strategic Nuclear Forces, including the work to be launched on the new promising PAK DA system of long-range aviation. I know how expensive it is, how difficult it is, we spoke repeatedly with the Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff. The task is not difficult from a scientific and technical point of view, but we need to start this work. If we do not start in time, bearing in mind the deadlines for the implementation of certain elements of this program, we may miss the time, because Of course, it is impossible to prolong the use and operation of existing equipment. "
Also, Vladimir Putin confirmed that funds for the construction of advanced aircraft and the modernization of existing equipment will be allocated.
Before the 2020, it is envisaged to allocate more than 4 trillions of rubles to the state defense order for aviation.
Let me remind the words of the commander of the DA RF Major General Anatoly Zhikharev:
"We would like to see this plane with a completely new aiming and navigation complex, communications, reconnaissance, electronic warfare. He must use all kinds of weaponswhich now exist and which will be in the future in service with Long-Range Aviation "