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Mikoyan MiG-701 (Type 7.01)


Long-Range Supersonic Interceptor Proposal


Soviet Union | 1990



"The Mikoyan Type 7.01 was unsuccessfully proposed as a replacement for the in-service Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound supersonic interceptor towards the end of the Cold War period."



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In a bid find a suitable replacement for the venerable (though aging) MiG-31 "Foxhound" supersonic interceptor for the Soviet Air Force of the Cold War period, the Mikoyan concern drew up plans for a new high-speed interceptor under the "MDP" (translating to "Multirole, Long-range Interceptor") project designator. This later evolved to become the "MiG-701" (also the "Izdeliye7.01" or "Type 7.01"). Work began in or around 1980 while the company was still pushing ahead with the MFI 1.42 technology demonstrator (detailed elsewhere on this site), an aircraft intended to compete with the resulting design from the American Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program which, eventually, produced the Lockheed Martin F-22 "Raptor" 5th Generation Fighter.

Mikoyan engineers drew up plans for a considerable larger aircraft than the in-service MiG-31. The MiG-701 was to have a twin, side-by-side engine arrangement involving air-breathing afterburning turbofans. These would be seated at the aft section of the dorsal spine, aspirating the pairing through rounded-rectangle intakes and exhausting through traditional exhaust ports at the rear. The plan form was of delta-wing with the mainplanes seated well aft of midships and canards would be installed closer to the cockpit for enhanced controlling. A tandem, twin-seat cockpit would be had aft of the radar-housing nosecone. A retractable tricycle arrangement was to provide the necessary gear for ground-running.

As drawn up, the aircraft was to feature an overall length of 30 meters with a wingspan of 19 meters. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) was rated at 65,000 kilograms. Performance estimates included a cruising speed of up to 1,553 miles-per-hour (2,500 kmh) with a range out to 6,835 miles (11,000 kilometers).

The rather optimistic project moved along rather slowly to the point that little tangible work had been completed by the time of the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989-1991. The MiG-701 program was cancelled in full in 1993 as Russian air industry restructured for challenging times ahead. Nothing more than drawings of the aircraft were completed before the end.

As a result, it was decided by the reborn Russian Air Force that the MiG-31 be modernized for an extended service life, one that would run into the mid-2020s and, perhaps, slightly beyond - by which point a worthy successor might be found. Other programs intended to replace the MiG-31 have included the MiG-301 and MiG-321, both originating in the 1990s.

To that point, the MiG-41 (PAK DP) is said to be currently (2020) under development with a first-flight planned for sometime in 2025. The design will feature 5th Generation qualities and incorporate stealth.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Mikoyan Type 7.01 Long-Range Supersonic Interceptor Proposal.
2 x Afterburning turbofan engines of unknown thrust output.
Propulsion
1,553 mph
2,500 kph | 1,350 kts
Max Speed
82,021 ft
25,000 m | 16 miles
Service Ceiling
5,592 miles
9,000 km | 4,860 nm
Operational Range
55,000 ft/min
16,764 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Mikoyan Type 7.01 Long-Range Supersonic Interceptor Proposal.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
98.4 ft
30.00 m
O/A Length
62.3 ft
(19.00 m)
O/A Width
21.3 ft
(6.50 m)
O/A Height
67,351 lb
(30,550 kg)
Empty Weight
143,300 lb
(65,000 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Mikoyan MiG-701 (Type 7.01) Long-Range Supersonic Interceptor Proposal .
PROPOSED:
4 x R-27 medium-to-long-range Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Mikoyan MiG-701 (Type 7.01) family line.
Type 7.01 - Base Project Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Mikoyan MiG-701 (Type 7.01). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Mikoyan OKB - Soviet Union
National flag of the Soviet Union

[ Soviet Union (cancelled) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 1600mph
Lo: 800mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (1,553mph).

Graph Average of 1,200 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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