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MiG-41 – Russia’s Near-Space Interceptor

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MiG-41 – Russia's Near-Space Interceptor

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Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Russian aerospace engineering needs no introduction. Whether it was the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union or modern-day Russia, Moscow was one of the pioneers of aviation and its prowess in relevant technologies stands to this very day and includes a number of world records when it comes to a variety of aircraft developed since the early 1900s. One of the fields in which Russia has been dominating in the last 60 years is developing superfast, high-flying interceptors.

While the Soviet Union already had top-of-the-line interceptors in the late 1940s/early 1950s, with the then virtually unrivaled MiG-15 dominating the skies over Korea, it was during the 1960s that Russia made a tremendous leap forward, eclipsing anything its adversaries have been able to field ever since. Namely, in the early 1960s, Moscow developed the now legendary MiG-25 (NATO reporting name “Foxbat”), boasting a maximum speed of over Mach 3.2 (nearly 4000 km/h), making it the fastest armed military aircraft in history, matched only by the unarmed American SR-71 ISR aircraft.

The venerable MiG-25 set a number of world records, including in sustained supersonic speed over a long distance when the MiG OKB Chief Test Pilot Aleksandr Fedotov reached an average speed of more than 2,319 km/h over a 1,000 km circuit in 1965. Just two years later, his colleague Mikhail Komarov averaged over 2,981 km/h in a closed 500 km circuit, while Fedotov reached an altitude of 30 km with a 1000 kg payload, becoming the first aircraft to do so. Both records were established on the same day.

In 1977, Fedotov set the absolute altitude record for a jet aircraft under its own power, reaching a staggering 37,650 meters (nearly 40 km). MiG-25 went on to set 29 world records during its service, many of which stand to this day. However, perhaps most importantly, the “Foxbat” paved the way for the world’s premier interceptor, the one that’s been unrivaled for over 40 years – the MiG-31 (NATO reporting name “Foxhound”). Much has been said about this fantastic jet that has been unrivaled for decades, keeping Russia’s enemies awake at all times.

Inducted into service in 1981, the “Foxhound” introduced a plethora of improvements over its legendary predecessor. While keeping most of its speed and altitude advantages, MiG-31 was also packed with an absolutely unmatched set of technologies, including the Zaslon radar, the world’s first ESA (electronically scanned array). It took over 20 years before any other nation on the planet introduced an ESA radar, when Japan adopted the J/APG-1 for its F-2 in 2002.

The “Foxhound” had been modernized both in the USSR and Russia to match the advancements of its adversaries, which helped make it not only relevant, but also unquestionably dominant in the ongoing NATO-orchestrated Ukrainian conflict. The R-37M-armed MiG-31BM is effectively a “flying S-400”, while its strike fighter variant, the MiG-31K carrying the deadly 9-A-7660 “Kinzhal” hypersonic missile system, is essentially a “flying ‘Iskander’ on steroids”. Both versions of the “Foxhound” regularly cause panic among NATO and the Neo-Nazi junta personnel alike.

The political West was extremely lucky to see the dismantling of the Soviet Union, as this unfortunate event led to the halt of the MiG-31M program that would’ve made the “Foxhound” even deadlier in the 1990s and 2000s. And yet, just like the world’s best interceptor continued where its predecessor, the MiG-25, left off, the MiG-31 is now giving way to a new jet, one that has the potential to be just as groundbreaking (if not more). Namely, Russia is now developing a successor, colloquially known as the MiG-41, although the actual designation is yet to be revealed.

The secretive project, dubbed Izdeliye 41 (literally Product 41), a part of Moscow’s ambitious PAK DP program, has been underway for around a decade. The stellar performance of the MiG-31 in Ukraine seems to have pushed the development of its successor, as the Russian military saw the need to accelerate the introduction of such aircraft. Moscow claims that the new jet will introduce features not yet seen by the aviation world, which caught the attention of the Indian Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd).

According to Chopra, MiG-41 will be a sixth-generation aircraft, encompassing technologies that far surpass the current generation of fighter jets. Quoting Russian experts, Chopra says that the new platform would be capable of speeds of over Mach 4.3, making it near-hypersonic. It would also be equipped with directed energy weapons (specifically lasers), while its flight ceiling would eclipse any jet in use today, reaching near space (45 km). MiG-41 will also incorporate concepts and technologies from the aforementioned MiG-31M.

It will also include the advancements made during the development of the Su-57 and improved Su-57M. According to Chopra’s analysis, Russia is developing a pulse-detonation engine that will power the new jet, as well as an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) gun to engage aerial targets. Considering that the maiden flight is expected in 2025, Chopra assumes most R&D work is already done, although it’s difficult to make any certain predictions because of the project’s high secrecy. Chopra thinks the jet could be operational by 2030 if all goes according to plan.

Just like the “Foxhound”, the new MiG-41 will be an interceptor, with its primary mission being to offset future ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) aircraft currently in development in the United States. It may also be able to intercept hypersonic missiles, just like MiG-31 was designed to intercept American cruise missiles during the (First) Cold War. In addition, just like the “Foxhound” (specifically the MiG-31I variant) was supposed to carry anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, the new MiG-41 will have ASAT lasers and/or missiles.

Chopra says that a ramjet or turbo-ramjet engine could give the jet the previously mentioned Mach 4.3 speed, making it the fastest military aircraft on the globe, while the potential success in developing a reliable pulse-detonation engine would put Russia significantly ahead in the ongoing competition for aerial supremacy. Chopra also warns that many of the technologies for the jet officially still don’t exist, meaning that Moscow has possibly already developed them, but is maintaining secrecy to protect the program.

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Dstroj

“chopra also warns that many of the technologies for the jet officially still don’t exist, meaning that moscow has possibly already developed them, but is maintaining secrecy to protect the program.”

forward brothers…

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Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

ARGAN

ok thiny puny jew. your faggy khazarian smile will quickly disappear if you face the russians.

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Martillo

pscho filth outbur$t and then the retarded attempt at a “laugh”. disgusting maggot

Childish Yiddish Tricks

they juvenile, go back to making videos for the isreli tik tok army

hlohlo

“moscow has possibly already developed them”… now back to earth, soviets have long history of competition between 2 companies doing the same product. it is suchoj an mikoyan bureau in aviation. everybody with the brain inside the head knows that mikoyan sucks and this “project” is desperate attempt to make 30 years old design usable in new environment which was never taken into account during the design

hlohlo

you just can’t take 30 years old unsuccessful design and make a top stealth hypersonic near-space interceptor from it. it is like using blueprint from ww2 diesel submarine and claim you are able to make a strategic nuclear submarine from that. it is bullshit. and russia never invested too much to weapons and technology. they are notorious to be reluctant to adopt new technologies, they use masses of brainwashed soldiers instead as these are cheap.

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Massa John

nato is not only neck-deep in trouble, their dollar is nearly out the door…mig-41…nice one!

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Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

stopthewarnow

this is a jsf killer, well done

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Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 😂

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DragoBoss

you’re a pathetic terrorist supporter hiding behind the name of a cowardly massacre of unarmed civilians. could one possibly be on a lower scale of genetic development?

Peter Jennings

it’s very likely a bot as it keeps repeating stuff over and over. i guess garbage in, garbage out.

Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

kotromanic

a bot with privileges. if i write more then one comment i get the notification “slow down your are posting to many comments and from then on only error messages until i wait for a while. this person or bot is able to post huge number of copy paste postes without any problems…

Crocus Shooting Gallery

faggy russian gopniks cannot take a single village…heheheheh 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 😂😂

_TomSawyer_

muahahahaha hahahaha haha – a l l russian weapons are worthless crap 🇷🇺=🤡 😆😆😆

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Peter Jennings

only a child would say that given all the evidence of russian weapon superiority. maybe nato are employing children these days? if you’re a nato child that wants a spanking, go to ukraine, but be quick, because ukraine is on its last legs.

_TomSawyer_

🫵🤡 😆😆😆

CEO of Yapping

yeah he is talking now… lmfao.

Spock

sounds like something out of star wars! russian aerospace engineers are the best in the world. us planes like the osprey crash more often then they fly.

kotromanic

russian engeneering is great. but most of their stuff stays prototype or small series productions. they defeated the nazis with numbers and now try a small number special hight tech stuff themselves strangely.

BIGNIG

very exciting, hope to see real footage of it soon

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_TomSawyer_

nazi ruzzia stopped the production of the t14 because of it’s complete failure. i’m sure you won’t read this on crappy ruzzian propaganda sites 🇷🇺=🤡 😆😆😆

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Lesco Brandon

this is vaporware. until i see one flying it’s just a concept.

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Viper

nato is not worried they have the f-35 that costs a trillion dollars, seldom flies and crashes a lot but has proven effective in killing unarmed civilians in gaza.

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Raptar Driver

russia, the arsenal of freedom.

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