Mikoyan MiG-41

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Mikoyan MiG-41
Role Stealth Interceptor aircraft
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Mikoyan
First flight 2025
Status Under development
Primary user Russian Air Force

The Mikoyan MiG-41 or PAK DP (Russian: ПАК ДП, short for: Перспективный авиационный комплекс дальнего перехвата, romanizedPerspektivny aviatsionny kompleks dal'nego perekhvata, lit. ''Prospective air complex for long-range interception'')[1][2][3] is a stealth interceptor aircraft/heavy fighter under development by Mikoyan. The aircraft is intended to replace the Mikoyan MiG-31 in the Russian Air Force in mid-2020s.[4][5][6] According to the Russian defence analyst Vasily Kashin, the MiG-41 would be considered as a 5++ or 6th generation project.[4]

Development[edit]

The work on the supersonic MiG-41 interceptor is making use of the MiG-701 (Izdeliye 7.01) Mikoyan MiG-301 and Mikoyan MiG-321 projects begun in the 1990s.[7]

As of July 2016, not much information was available apart from the statement that such aircraft is planned for development, no official data was available concerning its capabilities. It was speculated that it could enter service by the mid-2020s or 2030s. As an interceptor, its primary mission was rumored to offset future reconnaissance aircraft currently being developed by the United States of America and China. To achieve the high speeds rumoured for the aircraft, the aircraft would need to be equipped with ramjet or turboramjet engines.[8]

The design of the MiG-41 is planned to be finalized by the end of 2019, at the same time the research work will be completed[9].

Design[edit]

In an interview for Russia Today, the Director General of RSK MiG, Ilya Tarasenko, said that it would be a new construction capable of Mach 4–4.3, equipped with an anti-missile laser, and claimed would be able to operate at very high altitudes and even in near space. He also stated that it could be transformed into an unmanned version later. If purchased by the Russian Air Force, he claimed that the first production MiG-41 would be completed in 2025.[10]

The aircraft will likely cruise at speeds of at least Mach 3 (3,675 km/h; 2,284 mph) and fly at high altitudes (at levels between the stratopause and the tropopause, ie below 45,000 meters and above 12,000 meters)[11] to cover the most amount of Russia's very large territory in the shortest period of time. It could use the Izdeliye 30 engines currently under development for the Su-57.[12][11] The MiG-41 will use stealth technology[13].

An unmanned version is under consideration.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ a b "MiG lavora al progetto PAK-DP con il nuovo MiG-41 – Analisi Difesa". www.analisidifesa.it. Archived from the original on 20 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
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  13. ^ Перспективный дальний перехватчик будет малозаметным
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