Waiting for the "space" MiG-41: in the United States assessed plans to write off the MiG-31


The MiG-31 Foxhound heavy interceptor was the first fourth-generation Soviet combat aircraft to enter service with the country's Air Force in 1981, a year before the MiG-29A light fighter and four years before the Su-27 heavy fighter. This aircraft is ahead of later combat aircraft in many respects: range and altitude, weapons, radar systems. However, due to the high cost of production and operation, the MiG-31 are going to be written off by 2028, writes The Military Watch.


By 2028, the MiG-31 fighter-interceptor will retire ... We have time to create a new aircraft to replace the existing one

- said the general director of the MiG corporation Sergei Korotkov, speaking at the international aerospace show FIDAE-2016 in Chile.

A successor to Foxhound is under development. It is called the MiG-41. According to experts, the new aircraft will be able to move in near-outer space and even fly at hypersonic speeds. However, the prospects for this MiG-41 to replace even half of the MiG-31 by 2028 seem very shaky. The interceptor is being developed as a sixth generation aircraft and so far exists only on paper.

With over 200 MiG-31s ​​in service and expecting the MiG-41 to be far more expensive than any existing Russian fighter or interceptor, Russia is unlikely to replace its entire Foxhound fleet even by the mid-2030s.

In addition, although some MiG-31s ​​can be replaced, it is likely that later versions of the interceptor (MiG-31K), designed to perform other tasks - the launch of hypersonic ballistic and anti-satellite missiles, may remain in service until the 2040s.

Thus, it is unlikely that the MiG-31 will be completely decommissioned by 2035, let alone 2028. And given the impressive modernization potential of the aircraft, which allows it to perform a wide range of combat missions, the Russian Aerospace Forces are unlikely to lose from this.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 16 December 2020 13: 34
    +3
    Next in line is a suborbital fighter capable of shooting down satellites. And in 10 years it may appear.
  2. Winnie Offline Winnie
    Winnie (Winnie) 16 December 2020 17: 34
    -5
    In April 2013, at parliamentary hearings in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the commander of the Russian Air Force, General Viktor Bondarev, stated that the MiG-31, which previously gave out speeds of up to 2,83M, does not accelerate to 1,5M due to problems with the reliability of the cockpit canopy glass , since such glass is no longer produced in Russia today. He also said that the element base of the onboard electronics of the MiG-31 is based on technologies from the 1970s and does not lend itself to modernization, "completely outdated, the programs cannot be changed." The planes are stored in the open air, there is "swelling of machines, and so on and so forth."

    You can forget about the Dagger. The maximum speed of the MiG31 is limited to 1,5M, which is clearly not enough to successfully overcome air defense.
    Spare parts for it are no longer produced and the 31st can be safely attributed to the category of "endangered mammoths" of the VKS.
    1. Tektor Offline Tektor
      Tektor (Tektor) 16 December 2020 17: 44
      +2
      The glass was made. Can fly 3M.
      1. Winnie Offline Winnie
        Winnie (Winnie) 6 January 2021 01: 13
        0
        The glass was made.

        Who did? And the rubber? And the "electronics"?
    2. polev66 Offline polev66
      polev66 (Alexander) 16 December 2020 18: 53
      +1
      dialogue or the correspondent read a lot, eh?
    3. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 17 December 2020 02: 17
      +3
      You can forget about the Dagger. The maximum speed of the MiG31 is limited to 1,5M, which is clearly not enough to successfully overcome air defense.

      And why should he with a range of 1 km. break through air defense? smile

      Spare parts for it are no longer produced and the 31st can be safely attributed to the category of "endangered mammoths" of the VKS.

      What are you saying ... what a horror belay Are they producing for the B-29? How about their extinction?
      Especially for you a classic of Soviet animation hi

    4. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
      akarfoxhound 31 December 2020 00: 47
      +1
      It has been 6 years since all the glasses have been changed, the limitation for the entire materiel is Mach 2,83. And yet, as a "specialist" - the MiG-31 does not overcome air defense, he himself is air defense wink
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 December 2020 18: 09
    0
    The moment 31 is still eternal.
    He is good as a PR, Dagger, stratosphere, 2,5M, 6th generation, we can overcome everyone.

    Only expensive, damn it.
  4. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 15 January 2021 20: 33
    -2
    This is NATO from anger and powerlessness - to fly the MIG until 2081! There you also look at the second SU-57. THE NEWEST - UNAUTHORIZED engine will be invented!
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