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PAK DP / "MiG-41"

A prospective long-range interception aircraft - Prospective Aviation Complex Dal'nego Perekhvata PAK DP - was to be developed to replace the MiG-31, which occupies a special niche in the defense of the country from air attacks (including by cruise missiles).

Some sources claim the "MiG-41" is the next-gen interceptor being developed by Mikoyan, meant to replace the successfully modernized MiG-31. The MiG-31 had the distinction of being one of the fastest combat jets in the world. It is used to enhance the air defenses of badly protected sections of the border and until recently, it was used by the Russian Arctic air defense group.

Initially it was reported that work on the PAK DP will start after 2017, and the first aircraft will be provided to the troops after 2025. But a 2015 statement by commander Bondarev revealed that the work will begin in 2019. As of 2015 the design of an avionics complex was underway. The MiG-31 even has the ability to work in airplane mode radar surveillance and guidance for other machines.

Like the MiG-25, the MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intake ramps, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. The MiG-31 is limited to only 5g when travelling at supersonic speeds. While flying under combat weight, its wing loading is marginal and its thrust-to-weight ratio is favorable. However, the MiG-31 is not designed for close combat or rapid turning.

Promising interceptor, designed to replace the MiG-31, will be supplied to the troops by 2025, Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, said 11 August 2014. "Since 2017 we start working with a prospective aviation distant interception complex that will replace the MiG-31. Now there are research works, then will be development work, and until 2025, I think it will go to the troops" - Commander said. Bondarev said that the development work, involving the creation of a prototype of the aircraft, due to start in 2017. In 2013, Bondarev said that the Air Force offered to create a new interceptor before the end of the current state armaments program, which ends in 2020. According to him, if such a plane will appear, he will be able by 2028 to replace the entire fleet of MiG-31 interceptors.

Russian Air Force plans to not give up on the MiG-29 fighter aircraft, as these aircraft have enough reserves to modernize in order to remain in service for at least another 10-15 years. According to the commander, in the MiG-29 "is not a smaller margin than other aircraft - to be modernized, and it remained in service for at least 10-15 years or even more." "Those planes that are released in the Soviet Union, outdated morally, there is wear and tear engines. But, at least for now, the comments to the airframe, the engine and the equipment no special. Yes, there are failures, but they are small and allow us to successfully complete the project" - Bondarev said.

In the future, Russian Air Force plans to replace the MiG-29, MiG-29 SMT and expect the latest MiG-35, that "in the near future will" of the troops, said the commander. MiG-29 began to enter the Air Force in August 1983. These fighters were exported to many countries, including India, where they are upgraded to the level of the MiG-29UPG. several types of aircraft, including carrier-based MiG-29K / KUB, delivered today the Russian Navy and the Indian Navy, as well as the MiG-29 SMT coming to the Russian Air Force developed on the basis of the MiG-29. The prospective interceptor, designed to replace the MiG-31, will be supplied to the troops by 2025, Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told ITAR-TASS 08 December 2014. "From 2017 we start working with a prospective aviation complex long-range interception, which will replace the MiG-31. Now there are research works, then will be development work, and until 2025, I think it will go to the army".

He said that development work involving the creation of a prototype aircraft, to be completed by 2017. In 2013 Bondarev said that the Air Force offered to create a new interceptor before the end of the current state armaments program, which ends in 2020. According to him, if such a plane will appear, he will be able by 2028 to replace the entire fleet of MiG-31 interceptors.

The Russian perspective interceptor PAK DP in the future may become unmanned. This was announced on 22 August 2017 by the General Director of the RAC "MiG" Ilya Tarasenko at the International Military Technical Forum "Army-2017" in the Moscow Patriot Park. "This 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," he said.

Tarasenko noted that RAC "MiG" creates medium and heavy drones. The general director of the company also said that the deliveries of the interceptor PAK DP to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin in the mid-2020s. "Under the condition of the appearance of an order from the Defense Ministry, we already, as I said earlier, will begin a full-fledged development and supply in the mid-2020s of this aircraft," he said.

Tarasenko added that the PAK DP project is a development of the interceptor MiG-31. Earlier, the commander-in-chief of the Air and Space Forces of Russia, Victor Bondarev, reported that the experimental design work to create a new interceptor to replace the existing MiG-31 will not begin until 2019.

Russian Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said that Russia in 2017 will begin work on the creation of long-term aviation complex long-range interception (PAK DP), which in the future will replace the MiG-31. "The work of this magnitude can be defined and organized only within the framework of the state program, in which the RAC" MiG ", has unrivaled experience in creating systems to intercept, could take part", - said Korotkov at the Aero India 2015 air show. As reported by General Bondarev, will start research work in 2017, in the course of which is determined by the appearance of a new car, and then will go to R & D.

RAC "MiG" was ready to participate in creating the future fighter interceptor, which should be used to replace the Russian Air Force MiG-31, CEO Sergei Korotkov said 21 February 2015 in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG" is developing a heavy fighter-interceptor to replace the MiG-31, but the actual MiG-31, will serve in the Air Force before 2026. On it informs RIA Novosti reported with reference to the general director Sergei Korotkov company. "MiG "corporation is already developing heavy fighter-interceptor to replace the MiG-31. But the MiG-31 will serve before 2026 ", - he said.

On 13 August 2015 VKS Commander Viktor Bondarev said that development work on Prospective Aviation Complex Long-range Interception (PAK DP) to replace the MiG-31 will begin no earlier than 2019. "Start of development work on the creation of long-term aviation complex long-range interception - no earlier than 2019," - he said. "Dates of the development work on the creation PAK DP does not affect the state of the park interceptors aerospace forces," - said Bondarev.

General Director of JSC "Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Engineering V.V.Tihomirova" ( "NIIP Tikhomirov name", located in Zhukovsky) Yuri White on 12 August 2015 stated that "NIIP named VV Tikhomirov, "have already begun work on the definition of the complex shape of electronic prospective aviation complex long-range interception (DP PAC), which in the future will replace the MiG-31.

"Development of the system "Barrier" for the fighter-interceptor MiG-31 was a milestone for our institution and became our "calling card". So, of course, we could not stay out of participation in the work of creating a new radio-electronic complex for PAK DP. We have begun research and development work on the basis of the definition of the system image on not only modernized "Barrier", but of all the latest developments, including the "Bars", "Irbis", electronic system for the PAK FA and others, "- said White. He noted that for the new interceptor should be developed on a modern basis, and all other systems.

"If the NIIP will be selected by the developer of the complex radio-electronic, it will be necessary to ensure cooperation with all onboard systems. By this, we are also ready, and have the necessary experience," said the General Director of the developer.

Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG" is developing a new jet interceptor, which will replace the MiG-31, general director of the corporation Sergei Korotkov said 23 December 2015 in an interview with the newspaper "Vedomosti". "The MiG-31 is very in demand to solve the problems of air defense of our country. But their production ceased a long time ago, and assigned to the MiG-31, the functions still need to carry out "- he said.

The Director General stressed that new aviation complex, which will replace the legendary interceptor will be based on the principles of modern military aircraft and new materials. "We understand what it will be plane. Work is already underway to determine its shape ", - Korotkov said, adding that all developments are carried out by the state budget.

On the timing of the emergence of a new aviation complex no information was available. The press service of the RAC "MiG" reported that, in the interests of the Defense Ministry, it was currently implementing an extensive program of modernization of the existing MiG-31 and MiG-31BM version.

All materials on the creation of a promising long-range aviation intercept system to replace the MiG-31 were transferred to the Ministry of Defense. The Defense Ministry will announce a competition for the development of the aircraft, said Sergey Korotkov, General Designer, Vice President for Innovation, United Aircraft Building Corporation (UAC). "Now all the materials [on the PAK DP] have been submitted to the Ministry of Defense, they are now organizing a competition for a long-range interception project," Korotkov said 18 October 2018, responding to a question about creating a promising long-range aviation intercept system.

When exactly the competition will be announced, Korotkov did not specify. The MiG-31 fighter-interceptor will be replaced by a new MiG-41 aircraft, also called the PAK DP, a promising long-range interception aircraft complex. According to the ex-commander-in-chief of the Airspace Forces of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev, it was planned to start development work on its creation in 2018. In turn, the head of the Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG" Tarasenko reported that research and development work on the promising Russian interceptor is scheduled to begin "in the near future", and its supplies to the Russian Armed Forces are scheduled to begin in the mid-2020s.

In addition to the manned version of this aircraft is also considered the creation of an unmanned vehicle.




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