Why Russia should not abandon the new MiG-41 interceptor


Rostec pleased with the announcement of two newest Russian aircraft at once. The state corporation will bring a model of the fifth generation multipurpose fighter Su-57E to the "bride" at the air show in India. Also, our defense engineers have begun the stage of development work on the promising MiG-41 interceptor fighter, which is already classified as the sixth generation. We are looking forward to a prototype in the sky, but now there are calls to spend the funds allocated for this project on other aircraft. Should you listen to them?


To determine the answer to this question, you need to figure out what this plane is needed for. Ever since Soviet times, we have had a separate air defense aviation, which is necessary to cover giant countries from air attacks. This requires super-fast interceptor fighters with the best radar stations on board. The Su-9s were the first to respond to the threat from US aviation and the NATO bloc, then they were replaced by the Su-11, then the Su-15 followed. After the Americans had B-52 strategic bombers, our engineers had to create the world's largest Tu-128 interceptor. The Pentagon responded with bullet B-58 Hasler, SR-71 and Project B-70 Valkyrie. It was possible to fend off them with the help of the MiG-25 interceptor fighter.

The B-1 Lancer strategic bomber and the Tomahawk air and sea-based cruise missiles are a new stage in this arms race. The range at which Soviet interceptors would have to operate, and the stealth of low-flying missile targets, have sharply increased. The USSR needed an aircraft that would combine tremendous speed and combat radius of flight, the ability to refuel in the air and the presence of a powerful radar on board. This was our MiG-31, a unique supersonic aircraft, which was in many ways ahead of its time and remains relevant to this day. He is capable of confidently destroying all types of targets: fighters, bombers and cruise missiles.

120 of them remained in service, the aircraft are gradually undergoing deep modernization to the level of the MiG-31BM. There is a very promising version of the MiG-31K, adapted as a carrier of the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. If you add up the range of its flight, which is 2000 kilometers, and 3000 kilometers, which a supersonic interceptor can fly without refueling (5400 with refueling), you get a truly multifunctional formidable combat aircraft. There is only one problem.

Age. MiG-31s ​​were produced during the Soviet era, even with modernization, the age of their service can be extended until 2028, and now we have 2021. There is something to think about.

The geopolitical situation around our country is heating up, the potential adversary in the person of the United States and NATO has reduced the number of strategic bombers, but at the same time increased the arsenals of Tomahawks and tactical cruise missiles. The Americans are developing an AGM-183A hypersonic air-to-surface missile, which, according to DARPA, will have a speed of Mach 17-20 and a flight range greater than the combat radius of the MiG-31. Also, near-earth orbit is packed with spy satellites. All this must be able to intercept and destroy.

It is logical to assume that the new aircraft will have superior combat characteristics to the MiG-31. In the expert environment, there are suggestions that the MiG-41 will be able to accelerate to more than 4 Machs. This, as well as the ceiling of 25 km, make the aircraft a universal platform for carrying promising space weapons. After all, it is already quite obvious today that in the coming years the most technologically advanced countries will begin to deploy weapons in near space. The new combat vehicle can become a truly unique high-altitude interceptor, sharpened for the detection and destruction of hypersonic targets.

All this will make the MiG-41 a very expensive but invaluable contribution to the country's defense capability. And as they are adopted by the MiG-31, you can retool on hypersonic "Daggers".
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 29 January 2021 16: 11
    +4
    Logically, everything is correct, it became necessary to have a link between aviation (aircraft) and space assets, and the MiG-41 will keep up with that ...
  2. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 29 January 2021 16: 32
    +5
    For me personally, this question has only one answer: yes! Why? The argument will take up a lot of space, the only counter-argument is the cost, but I want to be sure that imported flyers will not frighten my children - they have no place in the Russian sky. Pathetics? Well, let. We need him. I'm willing to pay taxes.
    1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
      Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 29 January 2021 20: 28
      -4
      That's right, ready - pay. After all, as it turns out, the palace in Gelenzhik needs to be equipped!
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 30 January 2021 17: 30
        +3
        A palace in Gelendzhik is better than the withdrawal of billions abroad by Friedmans and Vekselbergs, there is nothing left at all, although there are materials, work with salaries and taxes, and the palace will remain in Russia, temporary workers will not last forever, and a worthy palace will remain forever ... According to MiG-41, the world is developing more and more rapidly, and we constantly need to work on new ones, including weapons, So creating MiG-41 is the right action ...
        1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
          Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 30 January 2021 17: 54
          -2
          It is difficult to disagree with you on the MiG, Russia needs to defend and defend its interests! But I do not agree with the palace, in my mind this money could have been spent on the same MiG, if of course it is possible to build it, if not, then it can be directed to - education, equipment and the creation of a really new one in military technology. In the meantime, some Zircons, Armata and any nonsense!
          1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 30 January 2021 18: 28
            +1
            Etort Palace in Gelendzhik is a grain of sand compared to those stolen by the same Friedmans, Gusinsky, Abramovichs. Their yachts surpass the cost of the modern-built surface fleet of the Russian Navy ... This is where you need to shake specifically, this is where the theft is, but the bulk are silent about this, they feed from these megavors, diverting attention from the main thieves ...
            1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
              Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 30 January 2021 18: 57
              0
              Maybe you are right, in that case Russia is seriously ill!
          2. Badger Offline Badger
            Badger (Dmitriy) 5 February 2021 10: 26
            0
            In my opinion, you are delusional.
      2. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
        Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) 30 January 2021 17: 38
        -1
        Why did I forget to mention 40 billion, did not work with them, a new scarecrow came from writers from the regional committee?
        that's just with her to the forum of schoolchildren or uhomatsy
  3. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 29 January 2021 16: 59
    0
    Interceptor aircraft with great capabilities to intercept and defeat various air and space targets of the enemy are simply necessary for us, even more necessary than just ordinary fighters.
  4. alex5450 Offline alex5450
    alex5450 (Alex L) 29 January 2021 17: 06
    -7
    That the Mig-31 is a dubious machine from the distant past, that the Mig-41 looks like a similar relic. However, he will have an important feature - his (project's) money will help extend the days of the dying KB "Mig".
    But giving money for a project doesn't mean getting married. I think that after some very short period of time, the Air Force will share the losing weight budget and lay out the money in piles. And a handful of MiG-41s will wither from year to year.
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 29 January 2021 17: 42
      +4
      Sheer nonsense, all plans for the creation and serial production of the MiG-41 will be implemented, this is an aircraft with unique characteristics and the widest range of targets to be hit, we just need it !!!
      1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
        Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 29 January 2021 20: 30
        -3
        I think not only you, but the whole of Russia should first of all include the BRAINS!
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 January 2021 07: 55
          +3
          You speak as if they are only on you, and all the others are worse than you.
          If you read a selection of your comments, you can come to the conclusion that you have them slightly on one side. smile
          1. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
            Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 30 January 2021 18: 00
            -1
            This is not scary for Russia since my brains are on one side, as time shows, it is much more terrible if Russia itself has brains working BACK!
    2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 29 January 2021 18: 03
      +3
      Quote: alex5450
      That the Mig-31 is a dubious machine from the distant past, that the Mig-41 looks like a similar relic.

      What kind of military academy did you graduate to make such categorical judgments?
      1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
        Kristallovich (Ruslan) 29 January 2021 18: 07
        +3
        What military academy did you graduate from

        Apparently NATO's. Propaganda Academy.
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 29 January 2021 18: 08
          +3
          Or Ukrainian. I just don't like such categorical and completely unsubstantiated statements ...
      2. alex5450 Offline alex5450
        alex5450 (Alex L) 29 January 2021 19: 28
        -4
        It is strange that you do not have such doubts about anyone present here. ))
        Look at the world practice - are there many machines similar to the MiG-31 in it?
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 29 January 2021 19: 50
          +3
          That is, they did not finish any. wink Yes, I'm generally used to the fact that only academics and experts on all issues usually sit here, I'm not surprised at anything. wassat
          Well, the word "uniqueness" implies that there are no similar machines, right?
          1. alex5450 Offline alex5450
            alex5450 (Alex L) 29 January 2021 21: 01
            -6
            Well, how could I forget - ONLY the designers of the Mig Design Bureau have the right to discuss anything about the MiG-31. The rest - "you are not specialists." Do you occupy some kind of design position in this organization?

            "Uniqueness" may well be a characteristic of "Elusive Joe". ) In our case, it is also very expensive.
            The United States had similar vehicles, the F-14. And they have long been abandoned without replacement. Exactly as the high-speed "airplane missiles" disappeared into oblivion, Only the relict MiG-31 remained.
            1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
              Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 January 2021 07: 52
              +1
              Quote: alex5450
              Well, how could I forget - ONLY the designers of the Mig Design Bureau have the right to discuss anything about the MiG-31. The rest - "

              That's all I wanted to hear smile
              1. alex5450 Offline alex5450
                alex5450 (Alex L) 30 January 2021 08: 20
                -2
                Are you running around with this idea? You are a strange man.
                1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
                  Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 January 2021 08: 52
                  +2
                  What is. Do you consider yourself the standard against which you measure other people's strangeness? Only your opinion is the only correct one?
                  1. alex5450 Offline alex5450
                    alex5450 (Alex L) 30 January 2021 09: 26
                    -2
                    I believe that it is better to communicate in essence, and not to block a flood. On this I will finish.
                    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
                      Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 January 2021 10: 53
                      +1
                      I think the same. And it would be nice for people to understand what and why they write on such serious topics.
  5. gorenina91 Online gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 29 January 2021 18: 12
    -4
    Is it worth spending budget billions on the new MiG-41 interceptor?

    - No ... - not worth it ...
    - Military aviation has always been a weak link for Russia ... - and for the USSR too ...
    - During the Second World War, Soviet aviation did not inflict colossal losses on the Nazis ... - Even the fighter inflicted some damage; as for the bombers ...; then everything is much less advanced here ...
    - During the war in Korea ... - the same thing ... - Soviet aviation had just a tremendous advantage there ... - excellent high-speed jet Mig-15 (armed with automatic cannons) and all airfields were just near the places of air battles with the Americans ... - Just shoot down the Americans and shoot down ...
    - And the Americans on their Sabers flew across the sea ... -Any damage and you simply cannot reach your base and there is nowhere to land; and landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier is completely unrealistic ... - and the Sabers' weapons were worse ... - only machine guns ... - whereas from the hit of Russian automatic cannons, these Sabers simply fell apart in the air ... - this was a unique case, when the Soviet military aviation had an absolute technical advantage ... - And the Americans did not have enough fuel in their tanks ... - the place of battles was very far away and they had to fly over the sea; and the Americans had to guard their B-29 bombers ... - And ours had only one task ... - only hunting ... = shoot down and shoot down ...
    - Well, our several times inflicted tangible losses on the Americans ... - and then the air war went on an equal footing ... - but ours were supposed to disrupt all American bombing ... - But it didn't work ... - Alas ...
    - Here many very, very strongly scold N.S. Khrushchev ... - but he easily caught all these "nuances" ...
    - And it was NS Khrushchev then, in spite of everything ... - "made a bet" not on military aviation; but exclusively for rockets ...
    - And then ... -relatively cheap "Chelomeevskie missiles" and took up the defense of the USSR ... - And they fulfilled their task ... - they were removed from combat duty quite recently ... - already in the first decade of the 21st century ... - Like this ... - And what about aviation ???
    - Well, today the Russian Aerospace Forces are successfully plowing the sand in the vast deserts of Syria ... - Not a single Turkish F-16 (and not only Turkish) was shot down by our fighter ...
    - Personally, I believe that ... that ... that Russia should continue the "missile theme" (and the UAV theme was also added) ... - this is a strong point for Russia ....
    - No, and the Russian Aerospace Forces should continue to develop; but this topic is "not primary" ... - and Russia is already very far behind the USA, China, France ... - in this respect ..
    - So all the priorities for missiles and UAVs ... - this is what Russia needs to spend money on; and not engage in a monstrous waste of funds for the next demonstration of the show "Swifts"; "Knights" and other window dressing ...
  6. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 29 January 2021 20: 25
    -3
    Keyword: Russia will bring a 6th generation model to the arms exhibition! Why only 6 and not 60 at once? :
  7. dmitri_ovchinmail.ru (DO) 30 January 2021 01: 09
    +1
    The arguments of opponents of the continuation and development in the MiG-41 project of the main purpose, characteristics and records of the MiG-31, basically consist in the fact that the systemic solution of air defense problems, including ground components and large reconnaissance aircraft, is much more effective than the primary focus on super- duper interceptor fighter. And it's hard to argue with that.
    The argument of the MiG-41 supporters is that it can be used as a satellite fighter. However, this argument needs qualified opponents who could substantiate the possibility of effectively destroying satellites without the MiG-41, with the sufficiency of using the existing MiG-31.
    Of course, the possibility of using the hypothetical MiG-41 to protect the coast of the Russian Federation, as a carrier of hypersonic missiles for sea purposes, is extremely important. However, first you need to prove that the upgraded MiG-31 will not cope with this task.
    Transform the characteristics of the MiG-41 towards a fighter-conqueror of air supremacy? But for these purposes there are already other projects with a high degree of readiness.
    Despite the fragmented argumentation in the press, I will try to summarize the available information. Even if the opponents of the MiG-41 win, in no case should the project be closed and the work thrown into the trash. For the MiG-31 today confidently occupies its niche in the country's defense capability, and new applications are being found for it. But the MiG-31 is outdated, morally and physically, and needs to be replaced, not just modernized. Therefore, the developments of the MiG-41 can be used for such a replacement. Another thing is that the work to replace the MiG-31 should have a laconic time frame and a reasonable budget.
    1. alex5450 Offline alex5450
      alex5450 (Alex L) 30 January 2021 07: 47
      -3
      The arguments of the MiG-41 supporters are much simpler - it will be cool! It will kill everyone. What a cool shade, why besides us no one invests money in this, few people are interested.
      From my point of view, the MiG-41 is a project to maintain the trousers of the dying Mig Design Bureau. Which, as you progress and get results, they either say "stop" or give another job.
    2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 January 2021 07: 54
      0
      Quote: dmitri_ovchinmail.ru
      The argument of the MiG-41 supporters is that it can be used as a satellite fighter. However, this argument needs qualified opponents who could substantiate the possibility of effectively destroying satellites without the MiG-41, with the sufficiency of using the existing MiG-31.
      Of course, the possibility of using the hypothetical MiG-41 to protect the coast of the Russian Federation, as a carrier of hypersonic missiles for sea purposes, is extremely important. However, first you need to prove that the upgraded MiG-31 will not cope with this task.

      Well, we must also remember that the MiG-31 is gradually depleting its resource.
  8. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 30 January 2021 18: 53
    -1
    All this will make the MiG-41 a very expensive but invaluable contribution to the country's defense capability. And as they are adopted, the MiG-31 can be re-equipped with hypersonic "Daggers".

    contradicts

    Age. MiG-31s ​​were produced during the Soviet era, even with modernization, the age of their service can be extended until 2028,

    So far, except for the hype and promises of the 6th generation, nothing is heard. Knowing our usual development timeline, one can only remember Khoja Nasredin.

    The option to rework the old MIG 31 into a new, 5-generation way is not even put. You can't wash money there, like on the fantastic 6th
  9. Xuli (o) Tebenado 6 February 2021 09: 23
    0
    Russia is not capable of independently creating a promising long-range intercept aircraft complex (PAK DP), known as the MiG-41, said military expert Pyotr Butovsky in the pages of the American magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology.
    According to the expert, there is no need to wait for the replacement of the MiG-31 fighter-interceptor in 2030. “For Russia, this period is so far away that it is difficult to predict anything. Current trends in the Russian economy and aviation industry indicate that Russia will not be able to afford such an aircraft, ”the author is sure. It is reported by Rambler.