The MAPO-MiG enterprise claims the new fighter would be able to outperform the F-22 Raptor, the most advanced US air-superiority fighter. Although the primary mission of the MFI is air-superiority, unlike the F-22 the MFI is also capable of performing strike mission, and thus in both conception and configuration is more directly comparable to the similar multi-role EFA2000 Eurofighter. Like the American F-22, the MFI has a thrust vectoring system that allows it to make sharp turns. It also has similar stealth capabilities, with the canard, wing and fuselage structures incorporating carbon-fiber and polymer composite materials. Other stealth features include radar-absorbing covering, screening of radar-visible structure elements, and reduced heat signature. The fifth-generation pulse-doppler radar has a phased-array andtenna with electronic scanning to simultaneously attack over 20 targets. The aircraft can carry long-range air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles, and it is armed with a 30-mm cannon.
In March 1997, military officials scrapped plans to manufacture the MFI because it was too expensive. The Defense Ministry supports the MFI development program, and will decide on production following flight tests that could take up to seven years. The Russian air force will not gain one new, state-of-the-art warplane before the year 2005 because of insufficient financing. No new warplanes have been acquired since 1996.
|Nation of origin
|Two Lyulka AL-41F vectored-thrust afterburning turbofans, 39,340 lb thrust each
|15 m / 49 ft 3 in
|19 m / 62 ft 4 in
|6 m / 19 ft 8 in
|5 m / 16 ft 5 in
| 33,069 lb empty /
44,092 lb max. take off
|@ altitude: In excess of 2,448 km/h / 1,521 mph
@ supercruise: In excess of 1,224 km/h / 760 mph
|Unknown but surely any AAMs in Russian arsenal