While the U.S. military has always been three, if not five, steps ahead of its adversaries in developing technological advancements in its equipment, this doesn’t mean other nations aren’t working their asses to catch up. Oh, their engineers are working alright. But the unveiling of the concept of Russia’s future generation fighter jet they dubbed the MiG-41—which, according to speculations—equipped with an incredible hypersonic speed of Mach 4.3 sounds like a load of bunk.

Russia’s Mysterious Six-Gen Jet

Little is known about this sixth-generation stealth interceptor, but according to reports, PAK DP (also known as the MiG-41) is a planned successor to the “prolific” Soviet MiG-31, aka “Foxhound” interceptor.

In 2018, Mikoyan Director-General Ilya Tarasenko told Russian reporters that MiG-41 is already moving into the “experimental design stage,” adding that the PAK-DP is estimated to be completed ten years from now. Note that he stated this four years ago, and no official reports have surfaced regarding an update on this matter. Although, you must understand that “completion” here doesn’t guarantee a serial production. Hence, as we approach that deadline, it is unlikely to see soaring MiG-41s soon. We must also consider how this project has been kept undercover since it was first announced, with little-to-no information being shared with the public up to this date.

The following year, Tarasenko discloses that the PAK-DP design was finally approved. Still, appearance remained a mystery except for the information that it would use the sophisticated MiG-31 as its base platform. But unlike its predecessor, MiG-41 will allegedly sustain a mind-blowing “top speed of 4-4.3 Mach and a cruise speed of roughly 3 Mach.” In theory, that’s a next-level aircraft potentially surpassing the legendary speed record-holder SR-71 “Blackbird.”