Russia’s New PAK-DA Stealth Bomber Might Have a Fatal Flaw

    Dave Majumdar

    Security,

    One of the many challenges for the Russians to overcome is the shortage of trained and experienced personnel to build such a complex aircraft.

    Russia is gearing up for the eventual start of production for the PAK-DA stealth bomber even though the aircraft will not be ready for many years to come. One of the many challenges for the Russians to overcome is the shortage of trained and experienced personnel to build such a complex aircraft.

    “The enterprise is working on the design and organization of the production of a prospective long-range aviation complex,” Nikolai Savitskih, the director general of the Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) told the Russian language TASS news service. “KAZ was identified as the parent manufacturer, will ensure the production load for the next decade.”

    Right now, Tupolev is working under a contract to develop and build a prototype for the new bomber. However, the Kazan factory—which will also build the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack—will need more trained workers. “One of the problematic issues for the company is the shortage of highly skilled specialists such as mechanics, engineers, designers, workers, etc.,” Savitskih said. “In 2017, we worked out and prepared a comprehensive target program for training and retaining personnel under the programs of the prospective aviation long-range aviation complex (PAK-DA), Tu-160 to the amount of more than 2.6 billion rubles by 2025. To date, this program is being approved by the government of the Russian Federation.”

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