really? then su-27p interceptor is bad too? and f-22 is bad interceptor?
I didn't say that.
What I am saying is that while the Flanker is a good long range fighter it is not better than the MiG-31 when it comes to interception.
And any plane that suffocates its pilot is bad.
pak -fa can do that role very easily , and dedicated heavy interceptor would mean less money ,less pak-fa thus more expencive lower volume production.
A MiG-31 with updated systems would still be a rather better interceptor than anything else currently flying.
An upgraded MiG-41 should be even better.
The stealth features of the PAK FA have no value in interception duties and are a waste of money and time. Having to tape and then coat external panels when accessed for maintainence will make them rather expensive... and flying at high speed all the time will wear surface coatings which will need rather more maintainence.
The two large main internal bays will allow 4 R-37M missiles to be carried. With minor modification of the belly of the MiG-31 6 can be carried and the wing hardpoints are free for more missiles.
mig is trying to get some funds but its very wrong to go that route and it will fail 100% it seems they have childlish wishfull thinking board like some posters on this forum, it should concentrate on joint venture with chinese in producing light fc-31.
Why would MiG drop all its plans for a light 5th gen fighter and start a joint venture with China to develop and aircraft they have already designed?
supercruising pak-fa with 4 longrange missiles and 3 radars in the nose is bad interceptor. LOL
A 1 million dollar Rolls Royce can pull a plough too so why bother with a tractor?
If the PAK FA is too expensive and a light 5th gen fighter replacement is needed then why do you think it makes sense to make more PAK FAs for the role of interceptor?
If making more PAK FAs is better then don't make a light 5th gen fighter...
The Su-35 and the Su-27 weren't good enough to replace the MiG-31, then why do you think the PAK FA could replace the MiG-31?
The PVO has been talking about a replacement for the MiG-31 and they are the ones that use the aircraft.
The PAK FA will be a useful fighter for the RuAF, and the Russian Navy will likely buy both land based and ship based versions of it.
It will also likely be useful as a lighter strike aircraft and as a recon and jamming platform, yet the Su-34 exists so long range heavy strike will not be its job.
Clearly talk of a MiG-41 suggests long range interception will not be its job either.