Speed of the new Russian fighter-interceptor MiG-41, developed based on the MiG-31, must be greater than Mach 4, said test pilot Anatoly Kvochur.
«This upgrade was to be held for another 20 years to reverse. But it did not work out, because at the moment demands increase. They consist including the (increasing) speed interceptor to Mach 4-4.3, «- said Kvochur, RIA» Novosti «.
So he commented message Duma deputy Alexander Tarnaeva that in Russia, a new fighter, the MiG-41 on the basis of languid fighter-interceptor MiG-31, the rate of which was 2.8 Mach.
For comparison: Strategic supersonic spy USAF Lockheed SR-71 can reach speeds of Mach 3.2.
Tarnaev said at a meeting of professionals in the aerospace defense that the Chief of Staff signed a decree on the deepest modernization Russian fighter-interceptor MiG-31.
Fighter-interceptor MiG-31 was developed in the USSR in the first half of the 1970s. The aircraft is capable of speeds up to three thousand km / h, and its combat radius of 720 km.
Aircraft armed with six-barreled gun, 23 mm gun with 260 rounds, also resettled six suspension points for missiles «air-air» of various types. A group of four MiG-31, depending on the version can control the air space over the front length of 900-1200 km. Upgraded MiG-31BM can detect targets at ranges of up to 320 km and hit them, closer to 280 km.
The full amount of the MiG-31 different versions of the Air Forces of the Russian Federation is about 190 units. Create interceptor was discontinued in 1994, but only recently started upgrading these aircraft to the MiG-31BM version.