What will be the MiG-41, designed to replace the supersonic MiG-31

Today the "special forces" of the Russian Air Defense Forces is the MiG-31 supersonic high-altitude fighter-interceptor. Only four aircraft of this type are capable of covering the air front up to 1100 kilometers long, intercepting air targets at extremely low and high altitudes. Unfortunately, despite the modernization program, the fighters developed and produced during the Soviet era have their service limit, which is estimated at the borders of 2025-2028. What will replace them?

The MiG-31's ancestry goes back to the MiG-25, created to fight the American B-58 supersonic bomber in the fifties of the last century. When developing the interceptor, Soviet engineers set several world aviation records. The aircraft performed very well during the war in Egypt, demonstrating the complete helplessness of the Israeli F-4 and Mirage III fighters. In 1976, the MiG-25 was hijacked to Japan by the traitor Viktor Belenko, who handed over a lot of Soviet military secrets to the US allies and received American citizenship for this, as well as a barrel of jam and a box of cookies.

It was replaced by the MiG-31, the first domestic fourth-generation fighter. Created in the mid-seventies, the aircraft was in many ways ahead of its time, commanding respect for its characteristics to this day. This is a real aerial combat platform capable of carrying up to 9 tons of weapons at an altitude of 25 kilometers at a speed of 3000 kilometers per hour. The fighter can effectively shoot down ballistic and cruise missiles, bombers and low-flying satellites of the enemy, as well as the now popular drones. The MiG-31 is controlled by targets flying at speeds up to Mach 5, which it is able to independently detect at a distance of up to 280 kilometers, thanks to a phased array antenna.

The Soviet fighter still inspires respect. In the early nineties, there was an interesting project for its deep modernization of the MiG-31M. Seven prototypes were made, but one crashed during testing. Despite the outstanding results, they did not go further into the series under the pretext of a difficult economic situations. Moreover, the production of these interceptors was discontinued altogether. It is believed that our "overseas friends" contributed a lot to this. To date, about 120 MiG-31s ​​remain in the Russian Aerospace Forces, and there are one and a half hundred more in storage bases. The aircraft are consistently being upgraded to the level of the MiG-31BM. Thanks to this, interceptors will be able not only to participate in the air defense system, but also to perform a number of space defense missions, shooting down enemy satellites in low-earth orbit and launching small satellites of the Russian Ministry of Defense weighing up to 200 kilograms onto it.

Alas, any modernization and service life has its limit, and for the MiG-31 it is installed until 2028, which is pretty soon. To replace it in Russia, a new long-range interceptor MiG-41 is being developed as part of the PAK DP program (a promising long-range intercept aircraft complex). Very little is known about him. With an altitude of more than 25 kilometers, the main feature of the fighter should be its enormous speed, which should reach Mach 4,3 (4500 kilometers per hour). Its combat radius will be from 700 to 1500 kilometers. According to KB representatives, the aircraft will be created using of technologies stealth. The R-37 missiles and the promising R-37M will allow it to hit targets at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. The American specialized publication The National Interest even ranked the MiG-41 as the sixth generation.

However, some experts are already pointing out bottlenecks that may become problematic for the new Russian aircraft. The radio-absorbing and stealth coating at speeds up to Mach 4,3 runs the risk of simply getting off, which creates a difficult technical challenge for the designers. A fighter with similar characteristics will cost as much as a heavy bomber. Let's hope that the developers will be able to find a compromise, and this promising project will not suffer the fate of its predecessor, who at one time was denied funding.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 November 2020 14: 02
    In fact, they wrote, they did not start development.
    Everyone thinks how best to co-optimize MIG and SU so that they can promise and do nothing.
    In the meantime, the installation is to chat, chat and promise from scratch.
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 4 November 2020 15: 15
      Enough to write nonsense, no one will be ahead of the events, all the more leaking secret information in the media, but chatting, chattering and promising something is the style of our tabloid press, constantly hunting for inflated sensations to raise their ratings !!!
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 November 2020 18: 46
        You really don't like that.
        They wrote here that they first think about merging MIG and SU, and only then ...

        And I would not write about the site like that, suddenly he would be offended ...
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 4 November 2020 15: 00
    In order to build something new, you need to have state brains. And our rulers only have to sell something in their heads, but here we have to build, spend money. It is not known when it will be possible to get profit from the sale.

    The Russian Aerospace Forces left about 120 MiG-31s, there are one and a half hundred more at the storage bases.

    And you propose to build. To build, you need to change Putin's advisers, or Putin himself.
  3. Michael I Online Michael I
    Michael I (Michael I) 4 November 2020 20: 34
    What is B-58? How does the MiG-31 become, in the article, the MiG-35? What kind of hack?
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 5 November 2020 08: 00
      Quote: Mikhail I
      How does the MiG-31 become, in the article, the MiG-35? What kind of hack?

      This is a missprint. Thank you for paying attention
  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 5 November 2020 02: 36
    The MiG 25 was developed in the 60s. The order to start work on the OKB was issued on 10.03.1961/1969/XNUMX. Serial production - XNUMX
    For the B 58, the capabilities of the MiG 25 were redundant. The maximum speed of B 58 is 2124 km / h.
    Available Mig 21 and Su 15 exceeded it in speed, 2230 km / h for both.
    Yes, and the removal of the B 58 from service began, just in the year the serial production of the Mig 25 began.
    But the XB 70 and SR 71 promised speeds for 3M. Therefore, Mig 25 was prepared quickly. But when, in 1970, he was accepted into service, his main enemy, the XB-70, withdrew from the distance. The project was closed.
    The SR 71 caused trouble (it surpassed the Mig 25 in speed and height), but it was a pure reconnaissance, he himself did not strike. And I dealt with SR 71 already Mig 31.
  5. ua1osm Offline ua1osm
    ua1osm 5 November 2020 16: 32
    Belenko is great! Thanks to him, a much more perfect and less expensive (with the expectation of new future traitors!) System of identification "friend or foe" was developed. And I would not betray, so the BBC would telepathically with the old one. There is a silver lining. That's what a traitor in Japan is, so that the state crucian does not fatten on its laurels!
    1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 6 November 2020 09: 04
      Data encryption systems have a level of "guaranteed strength", that is, the used technical and organizational solutions do not allow the enemy to decrypt the encrypted data. The existing system was fully consistent with all levels of protection. Or, if someone hands over a modern system to the enemies, will he be a hero, because he will make him spend money, labor, on the development and manufacture of the next new system?
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  6. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 6 November 2020 08: 17
    The article evokes an absolute association with a famous movie

  7. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 16 November 2020 14: 29
    The new fighter will be blue with pink dots. To discuss something that does not exist yet is called manilovism.
  8. aliev58 Offline aliev58
    aliev58 (Airat Aliev) 17 November 2020 14: 18
    Into the series fighter MiG-41!
  9. Semens Offline Semens
    Semens (Semen) 22 November 2020 22: 39
    Victor Belenko - from a Ukrainian, what else to expect?