Hey guys, here's a bit of info about the plane and its future from a reliable source.
The 35-ton fighter features a single
under-fuselage air intake with two AL41F engines of 20 tons thrust each, and a top speed of over 2,500 km/h. The twin-tail
"duck" planform features an all-moving canard-type foreplane with a wingspan of about 15 meters and a length of about 20
The MAPO-MiG enterprise claims the new fighter would be able to outperform the F-22 Raptor, the most advanced US
air-superiority fighter. Although the primary mission of the MFI is air-superiority, unlike the F-22 the MFI is also capable of
performing strike mission, and thus in both conception and configuration is more directly comparable to the similar multi-role
EFA2000 Eurofighter. Like the American F-22, the MFI has a thrust vectoring system that allows it to make sharp turns. It
also has similar stealth capabilities, with the canard, wing and fuselage structures incorporating carbon-fiber and polymer
composite materials. Other stealth features include radar-absorbing covering, screening of radar-visible structure elements, and
reduced heat signature. The fifth-generation pulse-doppler radar has a phased-array andtenna with electronic scanning to
simultaneously attack over 20 targets. The aircraft can carry long-range air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles, and it is
armed with a 30-mm cannon.
In March 1997, military officials scrapped plans to manufacture the MFI because it was too expensive. The Defense Ministry
supports the MFI development program, and will decide on production following flight tests that could take up to seven years.
The Russian air force will not gain one new, state-of-the-art warplane before the year 2005 because of insufficient financing.
No new warplanes have been acquired since 1996.
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