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Future Russian Army: Anywhere in World in 7 Hours

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In the future, a fleet of heavy transport aircraft will reportedly be capable of moving a strategic unit of 400 Armata tanks, with ammunition, to anywhere in the world. And probably at hypersonic speed, enabling Russia to mount a global military response.

According to a new design specification from the Military-Industrial Commission in Moscow, a transport aircraft, dubbed PAK TA, will fly at supersonic speeds (up to 2,000 km/h) and will boast an impressively high payload of up to 200 tons. It will also have a range of at least 7,000 kilometers.

The PAK TA program envisages 80 new cargo aircraft to be built by 2024. This means in a decade Russia’s Central Command will be able to place a battle-ready armored army anywhere, Expert Online reports, citing a source in the military who attended the closed meeting.

One of the main tasks of the new PAK TA is to transport Armata heavy missile tanks and other military hardware on the same platform, such as enhanced self-propelled artillery weapons systems, anti-aircraft missile complexes, tactical missile carriers, multiple launch missile systems, and anti-tank missile fighting vehicles.

The PAK TA freighters will be multilevel, with automated cargo loading and have the capability to airdrop hardware and personnel on any terrain.

A fleet of several dozen PAK TA air freighters will be able to lift 400 Armata heavy tanks, or 900 light armored vehicles, such as Sprut-SD airborne amphibious self-propelled tank destroyers.

Russia’s T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank.

“With the development of a network of military bases in the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia, which is expected to be completed during the same time period (by 2024), it’s obvious that Russia is preparing for a full-scale military confrontation of transcontinental scale,” Expert Online says.

A source who attended the closed meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission told the media outlet on condition of anonymity that he was “shocked” by the demands of the military.

Sprut-SD airborne amphibious self-propelled tank destroyer.

According to the source, the PAK TA project has been ongoing for several years now and will eventually supplant the currently operating air freighters. But such a global mission statement for national military transport aviation has never been voiced before.

“It means for the first time we have the objective of creating an operational capability to airlift a full-fledged army to any desired place on the planet,” the source said. This means delivering a task force the size of the former NATO and the US troops in Iraq, in a matter of hours to any continent. “In the context of the current military doctrine that defies comprehension,” the source said.

The initial PAK TA specification entailed building subsonic air freighters with a conventional 900 km/h cruising speed and a moderate 4,500-kilometer range.

The program involves the creation of wide-body freighters, with payloads varying from 80 to 200 tons, to replace all existing Ilyushin and Antonov cargo aircraft.

The only operating aircraft with a comparable payload is the Antonov An-225 Mriya (up to 250 tons), but this is a one-off aircraft created specially for the Soviet Buran space shuttle program.

Last year, it was reported that future military air freighters will be developed by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex, with some experts saying the company may base designs on the Il-106 cargo plane (80 tons) project that won a government tender in the late 1980s, but was abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Now, with ambitious specifications and objectives, the PAK TA is a truly next-generation transport aircraft.


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6 Responses to " Future Russian Army: Anywhere in World in 7 Hours "

  1. skreamer says:

    I just want one, to have as my house….please!
    Would look so cool in the middle of a forest!
    Put my herb garden in the engine bays!

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  2. JimtownIrish says:

    Meanwhile, scientists in the West are close to completing a new “David” missile design. Inside sources working close to the project have stated, “This small weapon is going to bring that Goliath-sized mother f’er down with one shot.”

    Why would any military put so much inventory inside one cargo container? Ego is a weakness.

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    • Defiant says:

      You cant shoot what you cant see, all new gen of Russian planes are and will be equipped with plasma stealth tech, look it up before bashing.
      Its more economical and faster to transport this way, look at the Airbus A380 the biggest and most advanced passanger jet in production follows the same philosophy or the super heavy transports like the An124 and 225 or the C5 Galaxy.
      Russians already have that type of air defense its called the S400 Triumphsmile
      The latest gen of Patriot missiles are even inferior when compared tot he S300, so much to that.

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      • David ben Juda says:

        Now all that misses is that Russia becomes an ally with Israel and I’ll dump Obamas US like a hot potato. I like Putin, I just wish he would make a solid stand and commitment toward supporting Israel and stop supporting mohammedan terrorist nations. What good have mohammedans ever done for Russia?

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        • Defiant says:

          Putin stated multiple times that Russia is the only country today that would go in a full blown war to protect israel, lets not forget that more than a million people live in Israel whom are Russian expats many hold dual citizenship, Putin stated that everybody who wants to hurt them are freegame for the Russian military.
          Putin supports Syria against the US. backed rapist cannibal headchopping jihadists, they are trained, funded and armed by the US. UK and the saudis, its not even a secret its public info, its an ongoing genocide against the Syrian people killing them in the most brutal way, the only thing that saved them sofar is their willing to fight the enemy and the Russian and Iranian support against the jihadists.
          Syria was, is a secular country just like Lybia was, both destroyed by the jihadists with western support, so you have to ask yourself who commits more crime Russia? aiding a secular dictator who tries to save his country or the US. and EU leadership who destroys and genocides whole countries with their armies or with proxies in the most brutal way.
          There are many christians and jewish people and shiets being genocided in Syria and Iraq and also in Lybia, so while Russia tries to save them the US. UK and saudis do the exact opposite.
          I think Im right when I assume that you side with those whom want to save these people, that would be Russia and Putin.
          Thanks for reading.

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  3. Defiant says:

    I like it, a beautiful yet innovative design.
    This will render all other cargo planes obsolete.

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