Technical data
Type MFI 1.42
Function Multirole fighter
Year 1998
Crew 1
Engines 2*? AL-41F
Length ? m
Wingspan ? m
Wing area ? m2
Empty weight ? kg
Loaded weight 30000...35000kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) ?
Speed at 0m ? km/h
Maximum Speed at m Mach 2.6
Landing Speed ? km/h
Landing Roll ? m sec
Takeoff Roll ? m sec
Turn time ? sec
Range ? km
Flight Endurance ? hmin
Ceiling ? m
1000m ? min
Fuel ? kg
Guns 1*30mm
Bombs ?
Rockets 12...14, assorted R-77, R-73, K-37, K-74
plus unspecified new AA and AS missiles;

MFI, 1-42/1-44, MiG-1.42, MiG

(German version)
This photo (85k) is around for some time (see this!), so I hope not to expose a classified picture...

According to Jane's, 1-42 made high-speed taxi runs as early as 1994. First flight was expected in August 1998. Project was plaqued with delays (mostly due to Russia's budgetary problems), but last promise of the KB (to fly MFI in the year 1998) seems to be fulfilled.

Official presentation of the MFI to The High Brass took place on January 12, 1999.

Functionally it is a Multi-role Front-line Fighter (MFI). It is built with an accent on a low observance, with air superiority as a primary mission. But unlike highly publicized USAAF F-22 'Raptor' (aimed primarily on air superiority task with limited strike capability), MFI is designed to perform strike missions as well as an air-to-air combat. Weapons are carried in internal bay(s) and on underwing pylons. Project was originated in 1983, and passed through several stages (including terminations, cancellings etc).

Unlike American counterpart, the MFI has '3D' thrust vectoring AL-41V engines, similar to AL-37FU installed on the Su-37 super-agile fighter. Some source claim that MFI will be capable "to hover over a target for pinpoint strike accuracy" (RIA, 1995). This may be an over-estimation, but supersonic cruise speed without afterburner seems to be realistic (Military Parade article).

Continuous studies of canard-delta layout (started by Mikoyan and Gurevich as early as in 1945 when odd-looking MiG-8 was used to study low-speed behavior of swept-wing canard wing. Aerodynamic benefits of unstable layout occurred to be combined with shear volume for fuel and internal weapon bay. High incidence angle performance and battle damage resistance also affected the scheme choice.

This collage (100k) came from MiG-1-42 Page maintained by A.Gretchihine. Check there for more information.

According to MAPO MiG, the 1.42 will became a testbed for the LFI project. High-speed taxi trials were performed in December 1994 at LII by pilot Roman Taskayev.

New generation radar and targeting system allows attack simultaneously up to 20 targets (?!).

Should enter service around 2000. But financial difficulties may result in internationalization of MFI project by attracting foreign (most probably Chinese) participants.

1-42 and 1-44 believed to be designations of the two prototypes, the 1.44 used for the flight-test airframe(s).

I-90 '701' -

  • MiG 1-42 (1-44) MFI
  • Military Parade article
  • MiG-1.42 "MFI"
  • Current Projects
  • Fighter is always a Fighter (in Russian)
  • MiG-1-42 Page
  • Re-print at
  • Russian fighter to fly (Jane's)
  • Salnik Andrej's Homepage
  • MAKS'95, where MFI did not appear...
  • related FAQs
  • Russia Reform Monitor, No. 68. Nov 7, 1995
  • I-42, Mikoyan-Gurevich
  • 1-42, Mikoyan
  • 1-44, Mikoyan
  • MiG project 1.42 photos

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