Air Force Chief: New Aircraft Do not Match Requirements
Russia`s Air Force Commander Anatoly Kornukov recently stated that the existing
developments of the Sukhoi design bureau /S-37 Berkut/ and the MIG aircraft
corporation /Project 1.44, aka MFI/ ``do not match our requirements.``
S-37 had become outdated before it took off for the first time. At the same
time, MIG designers did better in developing an optimal fifth-generation plane.
The MFI multifunctional frontline fighter took off for the first time on
February 29, 2000. Its completion was financed by the MIG corporation, Rodina
research and production enterprise, Avionika corporation and Lyulka-Saturn
engine building enterprise, i.e. the companies directly involved in the plane`s
``The beginning of flight tests confirmed the enormous potential of the MFI
airframe which was designed on an unusual Duck scheme with front control
surfaces replacing tail control surfaces. The new plane is distinguished by
excellent controllability. Integration of engines with thrust vector control
will make MFI`s specifications so high that no Western European or US aircraft,
including prospective ones, will have similar manoeuvrability.