In 1999, Mikoyan KB submitted ordering the Air Force preliminary design IFI, which was held a successful defense before state commission. Immediately, being confident in the correctness of the chosen path and the reasonableness of the proposed solutions, OKB developed the necessary documentation techno plane using computer-aided design. In 1989 was released a full set of working drawings, then began: preparation and assembly of the first aircraft on the basis of pilot plant ANPK «MiG». Leaders work to create IFI were Chief Designer Rostislav Belyakov, chief designer Grigory Sedov, and the final step — the chief designer Yuri collars. First 1994 MFI was delivered to Zhukovsky.
In December of the same year IFI controlled test pilot Roman Taskaeva made high-speed taxiing on the runway flight research center in Zhukovsky, with a margin of front landing gear. But due to lack of money, subsequent work on the project 1.42 were frozen. Did not help even numerous appeals in various instances. IFI — is a heavy single-seat fighter, executed on the aerodynamic configuration «duck» tselnopovorotnym with front canards (PGO) sredneraspolozhennym delta wing and a V-shaped tail. In our country, this aerodynamic design when designing jet machines implemented for the first time.
The aircraft has improved takeoff and landing characteristics. The power plant consists of 2-AL-41F engines with thrust vector control, providing machine maneuverability in a dogfight in the whole range of speeds and a long cruise at supersonic speeds on besforsazhnom operation. Coming soon the whole, the estimated maximum flight speed corresponds to the number of M = 2.6. Vozduhopoglotiteli motor — adjustable, with S-shaped channels for the screening of compressors and engines radiopoglaschayuschey facing. The design of the fuselage, wings and canards extensively applied composite materials based on carbon fiber and polymers. The machine is designed to meet the requirements «stealth» technology, as evidenced by the appearance of a typical MFI expressed malootrazhayuschimi forms. Application radiopoglaschayuschih coatings, screening of radar-contrast parts of the structure, low thermal visibility, placement of missile vnutrifyuzelyazhnyh compartments have allowed to achieve virtually the same values of the effective area of dispersion, and that the F-22. Airborne pulse-Doppler radar fifth generation phased array and electrically scanned pattern enables excellent lead far dogfight is visual contact with the enemy and to attack more than 20 air targets at once.
Specially designed for MFIs long-range guided missiles air-to-air and «air-surface» Fifth generation, implementing the principle of «fire and forget». Coupled with the fact persists integrated 30mm cannon. In addition, on external hardpoints fighter can carry any type of missile and bomb weapons, used the Russian Air Force airplanes. On the background is so impressive achievements current situation Developer IFIs looks sad. ANPK has no legal personality and is just only one of the many branches of MAPO «MiG». Wages paid to employees OKB a long delay. But in the world of design offices, developers are headed intra cooperation. As a result, there was a gradual strangulation of the 1st of the leading design offices of the country. After the destination CEO Gregory Nemov MAPE and General Designer ANPK «MiG» Misha Korzhueva situation has changed to the best. Only one proposed ANPK «MiG» project to modernize the Air Force fleet of modern states of Central and Eastern Europe will bring the Russian Federation $ 250-300 million At low state support ANPK «MiG» only due to external demands may annually receive $ 100 million MFI Fate promises to be difficult. Today’s economic reality is that in the foreseeable future will almost likely expand its mass production in the interests of the Russian Air Force. After the approximate price of the new fighter will be about $ 70 million at the same time very unwise to close the project 1.42. It seems that our homeland would accept the offer of China on cooperation in project works by MFIs with the following export deliveries of these aircraft for the Air Force needs this country. In the upcoming transfer is not excluded and the respective technologies. Possible investor willing to finance all the necessary work. The case for small — requires a political decision by the Kremlin. If, of course, the principle of strategic partnership is realized not verbally, but in fact.
Excerpts from the report on NTV IFI
Now Zhukovsky airfield for the first time showed the plane coming. Properties fighter still kept secret, but some numbers are known: the speed of 2500 km / h, a wingspan of over 15 meters, fuselage length — 20 m Aircraft equipped with 2 engines Capital Bank «cradle-Saturn.» For 10 years managed to make a plane, which fails to withstand even a group of fighters, the armament at the moment. He still has no name and it is called «Project 1.42» IFI — functional frontline fighter. Due to the natural forms of fighter capable of doing in a dogfight Neville hitherto aerobatics. Designers are going to put on a plane engines fifth generation of thrust vectoring. Their mobility and maneuverability of the nozzle increases repeatedly.
But these advantages are not limited to new aircraft. That’s what directors are said General MAPO «MiG» Misha Korzhuev «This invisibility not only on the subsonic, and supersonic mode. This is fundamentally different accommodation — in the sense of visibility — weapons all inside. This is fundamentally other range. This is fundamentally different ideology and a fundamentally different mind side. » Korzhuev confident that his fighter will be more inconspicuous American aircraft «Stealth», which for a long time to own appearance were not invisible to Russian air defense. Russian aircraft designers took into account errors and the Yankees have gained greater invisibility for which the lowest cost. Covering fighter absorbs radar waves, and its shape is better suited for flight than the same «Stealth». South American competitor of the same MFI — fighter F-22 «Raptor» — Worth more than $ 100 million «Project 1.42» According to the designers will be even cheaper. MFI fighter runs until ground tests. First detachments from the runway and true flights should begin in February.