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    MiG-31BM/Κ Interceptor/Attack aircraft: News

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    Post  George1 Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:55 pm

    The military units of Western Military District took deliveries of upgraded MiG-31BM fighters

    The specialists of aviation engineering service of the Western Military District (WMD) have completed the acceptance of two upgraded MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors, press-service of WMD reports.

    "The new vehicles piloted by the representatives of WMD’s military units performed ferry flight to their home base – a military airfield located in Tver Region. In the near term the aircraft will come on duty and start protecting the airspace of Russian Federation", - the source added.

    The fighter regiment of WMD stationed in Tver Region will be outfitted with jets of the type this year. In 2013 a squadron of Murmansk composite regiment of WMD was outfitted with the upgraded MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors, the press-service added.

    MiG-31BM is the two-seat supersonic all-weather long-range fighter-interceptor. It is fitted with state-of-the-art control system. Its target acquisition range is 320 km; its destruction range is 280 km. Its radar is capable of detecting 24 air targets simultaneously and the jet can attack 8 of them with missiles at once.
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    Post  TR1 Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:10 am

    http://fotografersha.livejournal.com/551808.html?page=2

    Some great MIG-31 photos.
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    Post  George1 Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:03 pm

    Air Force will use modernised MiG-31 for another 15 years — Deputy PM
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    Post  GarryB Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:31 pm

    In that link they mention putting it back into production... it would be interesting to see new build MiG-31s.

    The MiG-31M had some aerodynamic refinements that improved performance and handling... but there could be quite a few other improvements they could apply to further improve performance without a whole new design.

    Certainly new engines... perhaps related to the new engines for the operational PAK FA optimised for supercruise that are lighter and more fuel efficient than the existing types.

    Also a new AESA radar and more up to date EOs and IRST would also be of benefit...

    they were planning a replacement for the mid 2020s, but that will likely be made of new materials that are heat resistant but also light and strong, and of course likely be scramjet powered in high speed cruise mode.
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    Post  Viktor Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:59 pm

    GarryB wrote:In that link they mention putting it back into production... it would be interesting to see new build MiG-31s.

    The MiG-31M had some aerodynamic refinements that improved performance and handling... but there could be quite a few other improvements they could apply to further improve performance without a whole new design.

    Certainly new engines... perhaps related to the new engines for the operational PAK FA optimised for supercruise that are lighter and more fuel efficient than the existing types.

    Also a new AESA radar and more up to date EOs and IRST would also be of benefit...

    they were planning a replacement for the mid 2020s, but that will likely be made of new materials that are heat resistant but also light and strong, and of course likely be scramjet powered in high speed cruise mode.

    And ability to carry more missiles due to new type of missiles and different construction.
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    Post  medo Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:16 pm

    I would not be that surprised if Russia will actually build some new MiG-31 fighters. After all, they are the best suited for Arctic region, specially its landing gear. The closest to MiG-31 is Su-34, but it is fighter-bomber, not interceptor. Even if they produce new build MiG-31BM fighters, they should get newer EW equipment like Pastel RWR, MAWS sensors and new jammers for self protection. New radar in Irbis class and new IRST could as well improve its capabilities for intercepting any target in Arctic region. Few regiments of new and modernized MiGs with a network of new EW radars will well close the big gap in airspace control and defense, Russia have in Arctic.
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    Post  GarryB Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:24 pm

    http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140808/191851679/Russian-Deputy-Prime-Minister-Suggests-Resuming-MiG-31.html
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    Post  Viktor Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:10 pm

     thumbsup  ... final confirmation from Viktor Bondarev (my man)  Very Happy 

    Air Force Commander: the development of the aircraft to replace the MiG-31 will begin in 2017
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    Post  magnumcromagnon Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:27 pm

    Viktor wrote: thumbsup   ... final confirmation from Viktor Bondarev (my man)  Very Happy 

    Air Force Commander: the development of the aircraft to replace the MiG-31 will begin in 2017

    Let's hope it's the fabled Mig-41, with a possible top speed of Mach 4.3.
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    Post  Viktor Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:33 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    Viktor wrote: thumbsup   ... final confirmation from Viktor Bondarev (my man)  Very Happy 

    Air Force Commander: the development of the aircraft to replace the MiG-31 will begin in 2017

    Let's hope it's the fabled Mig-41, with a possible top speed of Mach 4.3.

    Lets hope it will fly even faster  thumbsup 

    Air Force Commander: Interceptor to replace the MiG-31 will go on Russian troops until 2025
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    Post  George1 Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:23 am

    Russian Air Force plans to use Mig-31 jets over North Pole in forthcoming drills

    BALASHIKHA( Moscow region), August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Air Force has been planning to use Mig-31 jets to intercept targets over the North Pole during the forthcoming exercises, Chief of the Russian Air Force, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

    "We have once again confirmed colossal possibilities of Mig-31 aircraft, which flew to the latitude of the 82nd degree with two refueling takes only, which was not the best of its capacity. It has enough flight safety resource, but we decided to take no risks. During the next exercise, we hope that the Mig-31 jets will, for the first time in their history, fly over the North Pole," the Air Force commander said.

    The exercises with the use of the Air Force and air defense forces were held on the Ashuluk test-site in the Astrakhan region in the south of Russia.
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    Post  George1 Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:58 pm

    MiG-31s based in Perm
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    Post  GarryB Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:18 am

    And ability to carry more missiles due to new type of missiles and different construction.

    The new R-37M missiles should allow 6 belly weapons to be carried plus four more weapons on the wings for a max of 10 R-37M missiles.

    Of course new WVR IIR guided missiles and new model R-77 BVR missiles designed for internal carriage should be slimmer and more compact so double or triple ejector racks from standard wing pylons might allow a wider variety of options too.

    (BTW George1... my vote... beautiful plane... beautiful pictures... )
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    Post  George1 Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:38 pm

    Russian MiG-31 Foxhound jet crashed in Armavir, Krasnodar region

    MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian MiG-31 “Foxhound” jet has crashed near the city of Armavir in the country’s southern region of Krasnodar, with both its pilots surviving, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

    “On September 4 at 7:38 a.m. Moscow time [03:38 GMT] at a distance of 25 kilometers from [the city of] Armavir a MiG-31 crashed during exercises,” Konashenkov said.

    The spokesman said that the pilots reported that there was a problem with the right-side landing gear upon approach.

    “Both MiG-31 pilots landed safely and were found quickly and sent to the main airbase by helicopter,” he said.

    Neither of the pilots’ lives is in danger, he added.

    In early August, Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Russia will start developing an interceptor to replace its fleet of 122 MiG-31 jets by 2028.

    The MiG-31 is a long-range supersonic interceptor jet. The two-seater aircraft can intercept targets up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) away thanks to its advanced radar and long-range missiles. It can operate efficiently in all weather conditions and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital avionics.

    The MiG-31 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1981. Production of the aircraft ended in 1994 but it remains in service in the Russian and Kazakh air forces.

    On August 8, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin proposed to resume the production of MiG-31s, saying they could be effective for another 15 years. Rogozin also stressed that the aircraft had no rivals
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    Post  Mike E Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:41 pm

    George1 wrote:Russian MiG-31 Foxhound jet crashed in Armavir, Krasnodar region

    MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian MiG-31 “Foxhound” jet has crashed near the city of Armavir in the country’s southern region of Krasnodar, with both its pilots surviving, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

    “On September 4 at 7:38 a.m. Moscow time [03:38 GMT] at a distance of 25 kilometers from [the city of] Armavir a MiG-31 crashed during exercises,” Konashenkov said.

    The spokesman said that the pilots reported that there was a problem with the right-side landing gear upon approach.

    “Both MiG-31 pilots landed safely and were found quickly and sent to the main airbase by helicopter,” he said.

    Neither of the pilots’ lives is in danger, he added.

    In early August, Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Russia will start developing an interceptor to replace its fleet of 122 MiG-31 jets by 2028.

    The MiG-31 is a long-range supersonic interceptor jet. The two-seater aircraft can intercept targets up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) away thanks to its advanced radar and long-range missiles. It can operate efficiently in all weather conditions and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital avionics.

    The MiG-31 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1981. Production of the aircraft ended in 1994 but it remains in service in the Russian and Kazakh air forces.

    On August 8, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin proposed to resume the production of MiG-31s, saying they could be effective for another 15 years. Rogozin also stressed that the aircraft had no rivals
    Not good... At least it wasn't a engine explosion or similar, and the pilots survived! Shocked
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    Post  George1 Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:37 pm

    September 16, 1975 was the first flight of MiG-31 interceptor
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    Post  Mike E Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:27 pm

    'Happy 39th to the MiG 31!' 

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    Post  George1 Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:32 am

    Russian Air Force Drills Kick Off In Arctic

    MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Over 25 fighters and bombers from Russia's Western Military District have started tactical flight training in the Arctic, spokesperson for the district Col. Oleg Kochetkov said Tuesday.

    "As part of the drills, flight personnel will practice joint action on air policing, air target interception, ground target engagement and airstrike and anti-aircraft fire evasion. All tasks will be practiced both during the night and day time in various weather conditions," the official said.

    The drills are scheduled to last until the end of the week. Kotchetkov added that Mikoyan Mig-31 BM Foxhound interceptors will be carrying out air patrolling missions along the Northern Sea Route, while the Sukhoy Su-24 MR Fencer aircraft will practice reconnaissance and target detection and designation.

    In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a unified network of naval facilities in Russia's Arctic territories to host advanced warships and submarines as part of a plan to boost protection of the country's interests and borders in the region. In August, Russian Air Force commander-in-chief Viktor Bondarev said that an airbase on Kotelny Island in the Arctic Ocean, which had been out of use for 27 years, will be modernized by the end of 2014. Similar works are being carried out on other Russian islands in the Arctic, where abandoned Soviet military infrastructure is scheduled to be restored by October 2015.
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    Post  Big_Gazza Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:21 pm

    Mike E wrote:'Happy 39th to the MiG 35!' 

    russia russia russia

    Here, here Very Happy A magnificent aircraft...
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    Post  Mike E Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:08 pm

    Yep! I feel like the interceptor role is still valuable even despite their abandonment.
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    Post  medo Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:21 pm

    MiG-31 have its undisputed area of operations - Arctic region. They should place at least 4 squadrons of MiG-31BM in arctic air bases for constant operations and patrols over region.
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    Post  Mike E Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:23 pm

    medo wrote:MiG-31 have its undisputed area of operations - Arctic region. They should place at least 4 squadrons of MiG-31BM in arctic air bases for constant operations and patrols over region.
    Agreed. Now if they just had AESA!
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    Post  GarryB Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:22 am

    They have had PESA since 1977... there is no real rush.
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    Post  Mike E Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:31 pm

    Yeah, yeah, but they would be a *killer* with even better avionics.
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    Post  medo Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:53 pm

    http://www.sdelanounas.ru/blogs/53020/

    Арктический аэродром на архипелаге Новая Земля подготовлен к приему боевой авиации, сообщил журналистам представитель Западного военного округа (ЗВО) Олег Кочетков.

    «Специалисты материально-технического обеспечения (МТО) ЗВО в рамках тактико-специальных учений выполнили задачи по подготовке аэродрома к посадке боевой авиации, обслуживанию авиационной техники на земле, выполнению заправки топливом, азотом и кислородом, а также подготовки летного состава и истребителей к дальнейшему вылету», — сказал Кочетков, отметив, что экипажи истребителей-перехватчиков МиГ-31БМ уже отработали посадку на новый аэродром.

    It seems MiG-31BM will soon start operating from Novaya Zemlya air base in Arctic region.

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