Mysterious Russian MiG-41 stealth jet fighter may be able to shoot down incoming hypersonic missiles

Feb. 23, 2022
In 2016, MiG chief Sergey Korotkov commented during an event in South America that “by 2028, the fighter-interceptor MiG-31 will cease to exist."

WASHINGTON – In the technology world, the term “vaporware” refers to a product that is not yet available and remains largely in the concept stage – it also often is something that fails to materialize and never makes it to market. Russia’s MiG-41 stealth interceptor seems to fall into the category of military vaporware. 1945 reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

23 Feb. 2022 -- Since being announced back in 2018, a few details have emerged about the MiG-41 jet fighter, including that it would be equipped with a ramjet or turboramjet engine and would use stealth technology and be capable of reaching a speed of Mach 4 to 4.3, while some reports suggest it could even reach Mach 5.

The MiG-41 also would be capable of carrying anti-satellite missiles and could operate in near-space environments. Some reports even claimed that the aircraft could shoot-down an incoming hypersonic missile.

It seems unlikely, even dubious to suggest that the MiG-41 could be remotely on schedule to make even make its first flight by 2025 as Rostec had suggested – and highly unlikely that the aircraft could replace the MiG-31 by the end of this decade.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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