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    MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

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    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:50 am

    nemrod wrote:Mig-31 successfully intercepted a cruise missile -KH-55, or ASX-15 - during an exercise. If I recall, the rcs of this cruise missile is equal of smaller than 0.0001. It is noteworthy to notice that the missile was detected at distance of 90 km. The Mig-31 with its strong PESA radar was designed to intercept the tomahawk waves. Many US experts believe -at the best case- that less than 10% of cruise missiles could reach their target if they are opposed to Mig-31 BM.

    I don't think the missile RCS is that small (not sure what it is for a KH-55) but they do fly low and perform evasive maneuvers....good find though thumbsup
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    Post  medo on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:40 am

    No doubt Kh-55 cruise missile have smaller RCS than fighter planes. If they use some RAM material on them to reduce RCS, than it could be similar to F-35, but I doubt those target missiles have RAM on them. I more think their RCS is around 0,1 m2 and this is still good result for MiG-31BM radar to see such small target at 90 km distance.
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    Post  nemrod on Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:44 am

    medo wrote:.... I doubt those target missiles have RAM on them. I more think their RCS is around 0,1 m2.....
    Nope.
    Months ago, I don't remember whether it is a year ago, I heard chinese general that saying that ASX-15 has rcs largely lower than any stealth aircraft. As you said, this AS-15 must be equipped with RAM. Else this test of cruise missile intercepted was pointless. At the beginning in the end of 70's and early 80's the Mig-31 was a nightmare for NATO, they especially feared that this model could be exported. As Yeltsin was compliant with western diktat, he did not export this model, but this time as Putin was less compliant it would be a real nightmare for US empire.
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    Post  collegeboy16 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:16 pm

    from head-on the RCS of such a missile is possibly 0.0001m^2, however its more likely the MiGs detected them from anywhere but the front so the RCS is large enough to be detected. or it could have been detected by the thermals of the MiGs- the place has purty cold climate and is mostly forested plains so there is little terrain to hide behind and the cold atmosphere makes such a small jet engine obvious for thermals.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:58 pm

    They had help from a A-50.

    They've been used to intercept P-120 Malakhit AS missiles in joint Navy / Airforce exercises a few years ago

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    Post  medo on Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:11 pm

    http://tass.ru/en/russia/803283

    MiG-31 will get new navigation system for Arctic operation, which will enable navigation without satellite navigation and new Vitebsk electronic warfare complex.
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    Post  mack8 on Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:09 pm

    Vitebsk!? That is well nice. Wonder if it will only be the ECM part or the DIRCM part as well. Very Happy
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    Post  Cyberspec on Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:37 pm

    mack8 wrote:Vitebsk!? That is well nice. Wonder if it will only be the ECM part or the DIRCM part as well. Very Happy

    ECM only I believe...sounds like the DIRCM component isn't yet serially produced according to the link you posted in the Su-25SM thread
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    Post  Guest on Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:38 am

    New navigation system for the Arctic.

    http://www.arms-expo.ru/news/vooruzhenie_i_voennaya_tekhnika/perekhvatchiki_mig_31_poluchat_novuyu_navigatsionnuyu_sistemu_dlya_raboty_v_arktike/
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:32 pm

    Thanks to Berkut for information on keypublishing forums, it appears that MiG-31BM's Zaslon radar will get further upgrades/modernization: http://www.vz.ru/news/2015/6/23/752267.html
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    Post  medo on Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:17 pm

    Maybe they will install some air to ground modes for Zaslon-AM radar, at least ground mapping, which will help in arctic navigation and improve air to air capabilities with more targets tracking and better ECCM. I also hope they will replace old RWR with new Pastel RWR and install chaff and flare dispensers and maybe even MAWS sensors.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:37 am

    They've apparently offered several variations for the upgrade....it depends on the customer (MOD) what they want to chose
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    Post  George1 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:56 am

    Renovated MiG-31 in Eastern Military District

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:04 pm

    does anyone know of figures of how many have been upgrade to BM level?
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    Post  Berkut on Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:32 pm

    d_taddei2 wrote:does anyone know of figures of how many have been upgrade to BM level?
    72+.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:34 pm

    Berkut wrote:
    d_taddei2 wrote:does anyone know of figures of how many have been upgrade to BM level?
    72+.


    thanks, do you know if they will all be upgraded? as i understand they plan to replace it in 2020's, and the aircraft is getting old now.
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    Post  Berkut on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:12 pm

    No, they will serve well into 2020's. They are not as old as you think they are. Most F-16's and basically all F-15C's are older.
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    Post  medo on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:26 pm

    As I know, up to now, there were two orders for MiG-31BM upgrades, the first was for 50 planes and the second for 60 planes. Maybe there will be more as Arctic region become more important and will need more squadrons in Arctic regions on islands airbases and in mainland airbases. Those MiGs have enough flying hours in reserve to serve well into 2030 and in that time MiG-31 replacement will be developed.
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    Post  franco on Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:10 pm

    d_taddei2 wrote:
    Berkut wrote:
    d_taddei2 wrote:does anyone know of figures of how many have been upgrade to BM level?
    72+.


    thanks, do you know if they will all be upgraded? as i understand they plan to replace it in 2020's, and the aircraft is getting old now.

    As mentioned 110 orders are in for BM upgrades, but a senior Air Force General was quoted as saying the total would be closer to 130 when completed.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:17 pm

    Russian MiG-31s Perform Unique Non-Stop Flight With Three Aerial Refuelings

    A flight of Russian MiG-31 interceptor jets successfully performed an unprecedented operation: they covered more than 4,000 km with three air refuelings.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian MiG-31 interceptor jet pilots performed a unique six-hour non-stop flight with three air refueling operations, head of the press service of the Russian Central Military District, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, said Saturday.

    "The pilots from the Central Military District devoted the unique flight of MiG-31BM interceptor jets to today's opening of the International Army Games," Roshchupkin said in a statement.

    The flight from Zabaikalsky Territory in Siberia to Perm Territory in Russia’s Ural is the first performed by a MiG-31 aircraft type, he added.

    The crews which successfully performed the flight will be submitted state awards, he said.

    Russia hosts the first International Army Games organized by the Russian Defense Ministry on August 1-15. The competition brings together over 2,000 participants from 16 other nations. The contests will be held in 11 different locations across Russia.

    The MiG-31, one of the world's fastest fighter-interceptors in service, has been the subject of a comprehensive upgrade to MiG-31BM standard.

    The type is a long-range supersonic interceptor jet designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at extremely low, low, medium and high altitudes.

    The initial MiG-31 type was first used in Soviet Russia in 1981. The production of the aircraft was stopped in 1994 but it remains in service in the Russian and Kazakh air forces.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150801/1025295734.html#ixzz3haIGmE7D
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    Post  Viktor on Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:31 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    NIIP: the range of the weapons control systems of the MiG-31 doubled

    MOSCOW, August 12 - RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Zgirovskaya Alexander Newar. The range of updated weapons control system SUV "Barrier-AM", mounted on a modernized to the level of "BM" fighter-interceptor MiG-31, almost twice more than the systems on the previous versions of the aircraft, told the General to develop a system of "Scientific Research Institute of Instrument name Tikhomirov" ("NIIP Tikhomirov") Yuriy White.
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    Post  higurashihougi on Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:48 am

    There is rumors........

    http://www.janes.com/article/53660/syria-reportedly-receives-mig-31-interceptors-from-russia
    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/08/16/425037/Russia-Iraq-Syria-Mikoyan-MiG31-Rosoboronexport
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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:38 pm

    Planned to resume production of fighter-interceptor MiG-31?
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    Post  medo on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:12 pm

    George1 wrote:Planned to resume production of fighter-interceptor MiG-31?

    I doubt MiG will restart production of MiG-31, most probably they restart a production of spare parts for their modernization and to prolong their operational life for another decades. Production of new undercarriage legs could show, that MiG-31BM destined for Arctic bases will get new undercarriage for harsh environment operations. They will also get new windshields that they could fly at full speed again.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:35 pm

    The standard undercarriage of the MiG-31 is already designed for rough strips... the two main wheels are offset so the front one doesn't create a depression and the second wheel doesn't dig deeper and bottom out the aircraft.

    Perhaps they might have some export orders in mind that makes new production necessary... Smile

    Certainly the new Aerospace forces will want some and with the 300km range AAMs the Air Force might want some of its own as anti AWACS/JSTARS/Troop transport use.

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