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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:16 pm

    Τhere are 140 Mig-31B produced between 1990-1994, not so old they can serve for another 20 years. They must exploit this number of existing aircrafts

    I think they will be those, which will be modernized to Mig-31BM standard.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:54 pm

    Russia to Base MiG-31 Interceptors in Arctic

    The Russian Defense Ministry is to base MiG-31 long-range interceptors at the Rogachyovo Arctic base on the island of Novaya Zemlya by the end of the year to defend against attack from the north, Izvestia reported on Tuesday quoting military sources.

    "The MiG-31 squadron will be the main element of Russia's developing anti-missile defense system - the MiG-31 is capable of intercepting not only strike aircraft, but also cruise missiles with nuclear warheads from the Barents Sea to the shores of the Laptev Sea," the source said.

    Military analyst Anatoly Tsyganok says the MiG-31BM has a range of 900 miles (1,450 km) on internal fuel, which can be extended to 3,355 miles (5,400 km) with air-to-air refuelling.

    Although Russia does not have complete ground-based radar coverage across its northern areas, he explained, the two-seat MiG-31 can intercept targets up to 124 miles (200 km) away thanks to its advanced radar and long-range missiles.

    The MiG-31, the fastest fighter-interceptor in service anywhere in the world, has recently been the subject of a comprehensive upgrade to MiG-31BM standard.

    The modernized version boasts upgraded avionics and digital data-links, a new multimode radar, color multifunction cockpit displays, and a more powerful fire-control system. It can simultaneously track up to 10 targets.

    Earlier this year, the Air Force said it was testing a new advanced air-to-air missile, which aviation analysts told RIA Novosti was likely to be the K-37M (also known as RVV-BD or AA-X-13 to NATO). This could be deployed on the MiG-31BM, significantly enhancing its long-range interception performance against cruise missiles.

    An Air Force representative said there will be no problem basing the advanced supersonic MiGs on the frozen island, as the airfield has a good runway and a full range of facilities for those based and living there, including their families.

    Russia has based the 63 Fighter Squadron equipped with Sukhoi Su-27 fighters at Rogachyovo since 1993.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120925/176212312.html

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:34 pm

    Wasn't Mig-31 present in Arctic region before or it's about Mig-31BM which first unit will now serve in that region?

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:13 am

    Mig-31s have been used in such bases AFAIK, so I suspect this is the first deployment of BMs.

    I understand the base they are going to operates Su-27s... I wonder if they will be used or go into storage.

    I rather expect that such a base would be largely subordinate to the Aerospace Defence Forces, for air defence (PVO) type operations.

    I would suspect that it would be the VKKO that pays for the upgrades to the Mig-31s... and if that is true then I hope they get a nice large budget... Smile


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Viktor on Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:55 am

    Interesting article from lenta.ru today

    For the first time I have ever seen is being reported about the MIG-31BM modernization

    So in 2012 we have 12 MIG-31BM introduced. Does anybody know how many that makes in total?

    RuAF plans to modernize 60 planes to BM standard by 2020 but at this rate either they will stoop with modernization thing much sooner

    than 2020 or they will modernize much higher number by 2020.

    The upgraded MiG-31 went on duty near Krasnoyarsk

    At the airport "Kansk" Krasnoyarsk arrived six modernized interceptor MiG-31. According to RIA Novosti referring to the representative of the Central Military Command (CVO), the aircraft went on duty in the second part of the Air Force and Air Defense.
    According to the source, the aircraft went through a deep upgrade to the version of the MiG-31BM. In particular, the fighters got a new weapon control system, which can detect targets at a distance of up to 320 kilometers and hit them at a distance of 280 kilometers. The aircraft can simultaneously track up to ten to six and hit aerial targets.

    A total of 2012 aircraft CVO received nine MiG-31BM. Previously reported to the Air Force plans to upgrade to the 2020 version of the BM 60 aircraft MiG-31.

    In total, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in service with the Russian Air Force are 198 fighter-interceptor MiG-31. Flightglobal MiliCAS estimates their number at 146 cars.

    The MiG-31 is designed for two-person crew, can reach speeds of up to 3,000 kilometers per hour and has a combat radius of 720 kilometers. Aircraft is in service with six-barrel GSh-6-23, as well as missile air-to-air on six hardpoints.


    http://lenta.ru/news/2012/12/11/mig31bm/


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:08 pm

    I think there were around 20 Mig-31BM before 2012.

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    Post  GarryB on Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:03 pm

    I remember reading another article where an official was talking about 100 upgraded Mig-31s by 2020. I thought the 60 upgrades by 2020 was the Tu-22M3M.

    Maybe I have them the wrong way around, but I think 100 upgraded Mig-31s would be more useful than 100 upgraded Tu-22M3M aircraft... though obviously I would prefer 100 of both.


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Viktor on Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:00 am

    Interesting report.

    Apparently R-37M is finished and will enter in service in mid 2013.

    On the other hand this is Izvyestia


    MiG-31BM from mid-2013 will be equipped with new long-range missiles - "News"


    TSAMTO December 20. Russian fighter aircraft several times to increase its striking power. This will happen with the adoption for service MiG-31BM long-range missiles to 37m-class "air-to-air," write "News."
    A senior source in the Main Command of the Air Force said "News" that the missiles are fully debugged in the ICD "Vympel" them. Toropova and war await them next summer.

    The source said the "Izvestia", the new missiles capable of striking high-speed air targets at a distance of about 200 km.

    As they say, "News", the performance characteristics of K-37m were not disclosed, and is now known only basic. In particular, according to the newspaper, "after the target coordinates missile uses an inertial guidance system. Just before to include the active seeker, which leaves little time to dodge missiles. The missile can destroy targets maneuvering overload to 8g, that is highly maneuverable aircraft such as F-16 and F-22 fifth generation. GSN is resistant to electronic warfare. Mass of the rocket - more than 500 lbs. In the final segment of the flight speed reaches its 6M. "

    Interlocutor "News" in the Main Command of the Air Force said that the long-range missiles needed MiG-31, as it is intended to be a long-range interceptors.

    http://www.armstrade.org/includes/periodics/news/2012/1220/100516276/detail.shtml

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:32 pm





    Front seat and back seat of RuAF Mig-31BM. Not so many LCDs as in prototype.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  George1 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:49 pm

    GarryB wrote:I remember reading another article where an official was talking about 100 upgraded Mig-31s by 2020. I thought the 60 upgrades by 2020 was the Tu-22M3M.

    Maybe I have them the wrong way around, but I think 100 upgraded Mig-31s would be more useful than 100 upgraded Tu-22M3M aircraft... though obviously I would prefer 100 of both.

    60 MiG-31BM, 30 Tu-22M3M. But i think the most logical is to double the number for both types.

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    Post  TR1 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:36 pm

    medo wrote:



    Front seat and back seat of RuAF Mig-31BM. Not so many LCDs as in prototype.

    The previous prototypes had the entire old cockpit torn out- this is a cheaper and easier solution.

    Though, I wonder if its not easier to just gut the whole cockpit and slap in those big SU-35 MDFs.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:09 pm

    Interesting is, that they didn't replace RWR with newer one.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:43 am

    Interesting is, that they didn't replace RWR with newer one.

    Well to be fair it is the old display we can see, and can't tell what new antenna and sensors are actually fitted.

    Would have liked to have seen more MFDs, but I guess the focus would be the radar and new missiles.


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  dino00 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:38 pm

    More 3 mig 31bm to Russian Air Force

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  TR1 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:00 am

    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4126/81237179.da/0_86d81_28d3f001_XXXL.jpg

    MiG-31 WSO trainer cockpit.

    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4117/81237179.da/0_86d83_bc8be438_XXXL.jpg

    BM WSO trainer.

    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5638/81237179.da/0_86d82_b4b53099_XXXL.jpg

    BM pilot's cockpit.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  medo on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:46 pm

    The famous russian clock is now in the middle of 31BM WSO cockpit.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Cyberspec on Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:44 am

    From the Feb. issue Take Off mag...

    The MiG-31BMs upgraded in Phase I (i.e.
    furnished with the improved Zaslon radar
    and an advanced cockpit display system at the
    backseater’s combat station) have been fielded
    with combat units.

    In December 2012, successful
    launches of new long- and medium range
    air-to-air missiles crowned the Phase II
    trials.


    The official tests report is to be approved
    in the near future, and aircraft upgraded this
    way will start fielding with line units too.

    And this on the Irbis...

    Will you dwell on the Irbis radar that is
    surely the summit of the passive electronically
    scanned radar technology?


    You are right, the Irbis is second to none
    in the world, indeed, as far as its test-proven
    characteristics are concerned. Last year, the
    fight trials involving the Su-35 fighter produced
    the unique aerial target acquisition
    results – much more than 400 km!


    This is the unrivalled achievement of the world’s aircraft

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    Post  Mindstorm on Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:23 pm

    .....Last year, the fight trials involving the Su-35 fighter produced the unique aerial target acquisition results – much more than 400 km!
    This is the unrivalled achievement of the world’s aircraft



    Professor Yuri Bely has, since several years, pointed out the outstanding tracking performances of "Irbis" radar and how them was largely head of the most advanced foreign competitors.


    That is what it wrote about range comparison with AESA radars mounted on USAF F-15s and the future AESA (AN-APG-81) to be mounted of F-35:


    При этом ряд заявленных характеристик не только не уступает, но и превосходит характеристики лучших зарубежных аналогов.
    Так, заявленная в ТТЗ системы «Ирбис-Э» дальность обнаружения малоразмерной воздушной цели класса «истребитель» значительно превосходит аналогичные характеристики зарубежных аналогов. Обнаружение адекватного противника (истребителя) станцией AN/APG-62(V)1 модернизированного самолёта F-15C составляет 100-120 км, а модификации с БРЛС, снабжённой АФАР (AESA) - 160 км. Более «продвинутая» станция с АФАР многофункционального истребителя F-35 (JSF) может работать в см-диапазоне на дальности 170-180 км.


    That is comparison with the most advanced western fighter aircraft mounted radar (AN-APG-77) and how the interaction with relative average RCS of the two aircraft would influence relative detection ranges.


    Интересно сравнить «дуэльные» возможности авиационных комплексов Су-27СМ2 (Су-35) и F-22A «Сухой», оснащенный «Ирбисом», может обнаружить цель с ЭПР 0.1-0.5 м2 (приблизительно в этом интервале лежит величина эффективной радиолокационной поверхности рассеяния малозаметного самолета Локхид Мартин F/A-22A) на дистанции 165-240 км.
    В то же время, американский истребитель «видит» своего противника с ЭПР 1 м2 на дистанции лишь 200 км (Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2005-2006). Таким образом, малозаметный «Рэптор» со своей АФАР по части бортового радиолокационного комплекса не имеет никаких реальных преимуществ перед модернизированным «Сухим» в ракетном воздушном бою на «вневизуальной» дальности


    Is interesting to note that the precise requirements ,by part of MoD, for "Irbis" not only for similar tracking performances but also to being capable to engage, contemporaneously, up to four air targets with very long range missiles ( ranges superior to 300 km Wink ) and the plan to equip modernized TU-22M3M with that radar suggest a possible employment of those long range supersonic bombers also in the critical role of surveillance assets useful at discover and pass the position of inbound groups of cruise missiles even while carrying out their own missile delivery attack missions

    The integration of similar radar (likely also improved in the next years) in improved TU-22M3M would confer to them a real and critical dual-role attack/defense capability , exploiting to the maximum theirs high speed and optional low altitude flight profile capability .


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:49 pm

    It could also raise the possibility of a new modification for the Tu-22M3M and a new role.

    With a new type of multiple weapon ejector rack along the engine intakes perhaps with pod aerodynamic fairings to reduce drag the Backfire could become a multirole aircraft.

    The PAK FA and Su-35 both are multirole in that they can be interceptors and fighters and medium range strike aircraft, so it makes a lot of sense to make existing upgraded aircraft multirole too... the Tu-22M3M could be the land and maritime strike and theatre nuclear bomber it was, but you could add Jammer, and heavy long range interceptor to that capacity too.

    They did anticipate a Tu-160P dedicated interceptor version of the Blackjack when it was still in production, well now they have lots of Backfires, but the Backfire role can now be performed also by the Su-34 at the lower end of range and payload and the Blackjack and Bear at the upper end of the payload and range scale.

    Adding another string to the Backfires bow makes a lot of sense... they could be used for very long range interception roles and having 4 crew means round the clock operation limited only by the amount of fuel the aircraft can carry... and considering the low weight of AAMs it should be able to remain airborne for quite some time. Equally with START I and START II expired now then the Backfire should be allowed its inflight refuelling capability back.

    They are talking about two fifth generation engines they are working on... the Type-30 for the PAK FA... perhaps the other engine is for the PAK DA, which means that early models could be tested in Blackjacks and Backfires to improve their performance and reduce their operating costs by the unification of all the engine types. In fact put a set of propeller blades out the front of two and upgrade the Bear with two 5th gen turboprop engines and have total commonality and put a huge fan engine on the front and make a super turbofan for a heavy transport aircraft too.


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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Cyberspec on Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:22 am

    Good info there guys...and thanks Mindstorm for the radar range comparison.


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    Post  a89 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:13 am

    It could also raise the possibility of a new modification for the Tu-22M3M and a new role.

    Is there enough money to keep them? they could rely on retired aircraft for spares, but it's not a cheap aircraft to run. Those variable geometry wings would probably need a lot of maintenance.


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    Post  Mindstorm on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:39 pm

    Good info there guys...and thanks Mindstorm for the radar range comparison.


    What i think is even more important to point out ,starting from those data, is how "low observability" ,IN REALITY, contribute to confer to a fighter aircraft implementing it a decisive tactical advantage against enemy aircraft equipped with radar suit with "standard" tracking range capabilities. (it is very different from the fairy tales circulating on the subject).



    In a "Classical" USAF exercise an F-22 is put against an F-15C ; them start in a route of recyprocal interception ,let put, 450 km away.


    F-22 with few controlled pulses of its AN-APG-77 radar is capable to detect an F-15C more than 300km far , on its side an F-15 equipped with legacy AN-APG-63(V)1 (which would very likely alert F-22's AN/ALR-94 from second one) with its 120 km co-altitude closing detection range -5 square meters target - would detect an F-22 at less than 43 km ; one equipped with a (V2) or (V3) AESA radar would, very likely, still be incapable to detect the "Raptor" before 80-85 km range.

    F-22 ,maintaining track of the precise vector of the opposing F-15C (or F-15Cs, if it is a "one vs many" exercise) with its AN-ALR-94 and/or disciplined employment of its AN-APG-77 AESA radar ,can at this point capitalize this huge detection range advantage and its crushingly superior dynamic performances to literally circumvent the cone of coverage footprint of F-15's AN-APG-63 main radar attacking so the "enemy" with AIM-120s delivered at very high speed, high altitude and relatively rear close range and egressing quickly ; all of that from well outside the radar field of view of the "unaware" F-15s attacked .



    Is in THIS WAY that low observable aircraft achieve theirs kills..... "without that the enemy was even only aware to being under attack"; it represent simply the exploitation of a decisive tactical advantage offered by stealth ,but obviously nothing to do with the laughable fairy tales usually circulating on the subject Wink


    Anyone now can realize how the interaction of the Irbis-E much greater tracking range (almost totally offsetting by itself the difference in tactically relevant RCS between the two aircraft) and its capability to combine E-scanning with mechanical steering to enormously expand the field of view, render the up mentioned tactic totally unfeasible (naturally the RCS of the stealth aircraft while executing the outflanking maneuver previously described grow substantially , therefore in order to succeed low observable aircraft must enjoy an enormous detection range advantage over its opponent.)


    It is also the main reason for integration of all around sensor suit (or at least exapanded Field of View AESA radars ,like for the EF Thyphoon CAESAR ) in all latest design expected to "cross the arms" with enemy low observable aircraft in the next years.






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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Austin on Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:05 am

    Mindstorm how does Irbis radar differ from the AESA radar of PAK-FA becuause the MKI upgrade is also suppose to get AESA radar from PAK-FA.

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  Sujoy on Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:08 am



    MIG 31 at Perm

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    Re: MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

    Post  TR1 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:49 am

    MiG-31BM

    http://www.mycity-military.com/imgs2/65178_45511219_34c%201.jpg

    http://www.mycity-military.com/imgs2/143473_85333619_01-01-01perm%20ab-apr2013-25blue.jpg

    MiG-31B looking nice itself.

    http://www.mycity-military.com/imgs2/143473_85333619_01-01-01perm%20ab-apr2013-01blue.jpg


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