According to local news outlet Ria Novosti, the company plans to create a prototype aircraft in the next few years according to a source in the military-industrial complex.
“The company is working on a promising fifth-generation fighter, which will be made using stealth technology. Now there is a stage of computer modeling, the first prototypes of the machine are planned to be released in the next few years.”
“The possibility of creating a version of the fighter with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) is also considered within the framework of the project. It is expected that the aircraft wil be as big as the MiG-35.”Ria Novosti, quoting a “source in the military-industrial complex”.
The fighter will be created as part of a complex – a carrier-born aircraft plus an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weighing more than ten tons, which will be made according to the “flying wing” aerodynamic scheme.
“The UAV is to be used in conjunction with a fighter as part of the ‘faithful wingman’ concept. Its functions are either refueling or joint strikes,” the source added. The interlocutor specified that the apparatus will also use the developments of the “Scat” unmanned aerial vehicle.
At the MAKS-2021 air show, MiG presented a scale model of the fifth generation carrier-born fighter was shown. According to the mock-up, the aircraft will be twin-engine with reduced radar visibility. The machine will be made under the aerodynamic scheme “duck”. A mock-up of the UAV was also shown. A characteristic feature of the future UAV is an inverted “V” shape tail fins.