MOSCOW, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia is not ready to build a strategic bomber of the new generation until at least 2025, a source from the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Strategic air forces development program envisaged only design of the new long-range bomber by 2020 but not its actual mass production, the source said.
"It takes at least 15 or 20 years to design and build such a warplane. It is premature to say that the bomber will be built by 2020. Currently, the designers only define the very concept of such an aircraft," the unnamed source was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
The source said that the new bomber will be built using stealth technology, and the works would be conducted in the Tupolev (Tu) design bureau in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan republic.
Earlier, the first Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin revealed that Russia was not going to speed up creation of a new long-range bomber until at least 2015. Instead, air forces would modernize the existing fleet of strategic Tu-95MC and Tu-160 bombers until 2025 or 2030.