Russia continues to develop new MiG-41 PAK DP long-range bomber aircraft

Russia continues the development of the MiG-41 also called PAK DP, a new long-range bomber aircraft. In August 2018, the Head of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko announced that the upcoming fighter MiG-41 “is not a mythical project”.

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Russia continues to develop new Mig 41 PAK DP long range bomber aircraft 925 001 Futurist drawing of MiG-41 PAK DP long-range bomber aircraft (Picture source Pinterest)

The Mikoyan bureau has been working on the design of a new long-range interceptor, based on their MiG-31, since 2013 as part of a plan to replace the aging fleet of MiG-31 fighter jets whose active service life expires in 2028.

The main features of the MiG-41 are not yet known, but one thing is clear: a plane flying faster than missiles (the MiG-41 is designed to fly at Mach 4.0 and even Mach 4.3) is a convincing deterrent against any aggression.

According to Russian Military Sources, the PAK DP could be in the future to become an unmanned aircraft. In August 2017, the head of MiG factory has announced during the Defense Exhibition "Army-2017" that the MiG-41 will be a completely new aircraft, where completely new technologies for working in the Arctic sphere will be applied, this aircraft will guard the entire border of our homeland, then it will be transferred to the unmanned project.

The MiG-41 will be a development of the MiG-31, and it will use new types of weapons, will be created with new stealth technologies, can carry a large volume of weapons, and will operate at a very large intercept radius.

According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, the MiG-41 will become an interceptor of hypersonic missiles by carrying a multifunctional long-range interceptor missile system (MPKR DP) that will dispense several sub-missiles in order to increase the chance of intercepting hypersonic weapons.

In August 2018, Ilya Tarasenko, Head of Russian Aircraft Corporation said, the new MiG-41 will be equipped with an anti-missile laser, and would be able to operate at very high altitudes and even in near space.

According to military experts, the MiG-41 could become the fastest fighter aircraft in the world. Russia expects to make the first flight after 2025.