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    MiG-31BM Interceptor: News

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    Post  Isos on Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:46 am

    GarryB wrote:The F-117 was made of metal was it not stealthy?

    The R-37M will climb to altitude and fly at high speed at high altitude... I rather doubt the AWACS would see it coming as it wont be looking up it will be looking out and down...

    But as mentioned even if it does spot it at long range it wont be able to do much until it is coming down in a steep dive on the AWACS aircraft from rather high altitude...

    It is a shame they only have two by two instead of the three by two of the MiG-31M design... ah well...

    True.

    Su-35 with its Irbis is a better plateform for r-37.

    They were talking about a new powerful radar for the 31M which would be nice since it has very huge engines to power it.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:18 pm

    Very little about Zaslon-AM exists. It is rather hush hush about it which with the advent of modernizing a ton of MiG-31's with it, including introducing new long range missiles, gives indication it may very well be much more powerful than we may know.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:48 am

    The main targets of the R-37M will be AWACS and tanker aircraft and also JSTARS and troop transports... they wont be using them against stealthy aircraft or even fighter aircraft most of the time so extreme radar power would not be needed.

    A MiG-35 should be able to detect an AWACS plane scanning from enormous ranges, so targeting should not be a problem.

    It could also receive the target general location from another platform or source.

    The first launches of R-37M required an Su-30M operating much closer to the target to provide target information, but once launched the missile did its own thing as it is an ARH missile with its own radar sensor.

    I rather doubt they expect the MiG-31s carrying R-37M missiles to operate with forward deployed Su-30Ms so they have clearly improved radar performance... the original Zaslon was handicapped with a rather weak computer processing capacity, but its electronic scanning forms an enormous volume of airspace it can track targets within... it was a very impressive achievement when it entered service whose performance should not be under estimated...
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    Post  miketheterrible on Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:21 am

    Zaslon M and AM fixed all those issues of poor processing power. Minor adjustments to tech on Bars R gave it performance increase from fighter based sized target of 140km to over 300km getting even closer to Irbis performance. The Zaslon AM is theorized to be even higher than Irbis now thanks to modern technology and newer microprocessors. Hopefully they use Elbrus 4SM (with the elvees dsp cores).

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