A new MiG-41 aircraft may be developed on the basis of MiG-31 fighter-interceptor, the representative of State Duma’s Defense Committee, deputy Alexander Tarnaev, told the journalists at the Cultural Center of Russian Armed Forces, ITAR-TASS reports.
"The corresponding decision was taken by the Chief of General Staff; he has already signed the document on carrying out the research work in the network of MiG-41 project", - he noted. According to the deputy, MiG-41 “will embody all the advantages of the jet”.
In addition, a few hundreds of MiG-31s may be overhauled and put into service by the Russian air forces, Tarnaev noted. "The government decided to overhaul and put into operation MiG-31 fighter-interceptor", - he said. "This refers to hundreds of jets, which will be operated by the Russian air forces after being overhauled", - the deputy noted. MiG-31 is the two-seat supersonic long-range fighter-interceptor. It was developed by OKB-155 (currently RAC “MiG”) in 1970s.
MiG-31 is intended for interception and annihilation of air targets at low, medium and high altitudes under any lighting and weather conditions; the jet is effective against active and passive electronic radar countermeasures and heat flares. A group of four MiG-31s is able to control the airspace with a length of 800-900 km. Initially it was intended for intercepting cruise missiles and low-altitude satellites.