MiG-39 (Project 1.42/42)

The MiG-39, or Mikoyan Project 1.42/42, is a demonstrator prototype for a stealth, multirole fighter with supercruise ability. With the NATO name "Foxglove", the MiG-39 first flew on a test flight on February 29, 2000. It has delta wings with an all-moving forward canard plane and a twin tail. The 1.42/42 is equipped with a tricycle landing gear system, with a single, dual-wheel landing gear in the front, and two single-wheels in the rear. The MiG-39 Floxglove is powered by two Lyulka AL-41F afterburning, thrust vectored turbofan engines, which are fed by two air intakes placed side by side under the fuselage. These intakes include serpentine ducts covered in radar adsorbent material. This future air-superiority fighter has an internal weapons bay between the engines. Weapons and fuel tanks can be carried under the wings as well. This Mikoyan prototype 1.42 can fly at the maximum speed of Mach 2.5+ at altitude, and is capable of long-term supersonic flight.

The MiG-39 has a glass cockpit and is fitted with a Pulse-Doppler radar with a passive electronically scanned array antenna. The radar system is linked to a fire control system that allows the fighter to engage up to twenty separate targets at the same time. The 1.42/1.42 fighter is believed to have evolved into the Mikoyan fifth-generation light fighter project. The MiG-39 would be armed with a 30mm Izhmash GSh-301 cannon with 250 rounds and R-77 (AA-12 Adder) medium-range radar-guided missiles.

MiG-39 Mikoyan Prototype

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