The Russian Defense Ministry signed a new contract for the modernization of MiG-31 fighter-interceptors01/08/2019 10:05:03
Moscow. January 8. INTERFAX-AVN - Work on the modernization of the next batch of fighter-interceptors in the guise of the MiG-31BM has already begun, a source in the aircraft industry told Interfax.
"A new contract has been signed with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the overhaul and deep modernization of another fighter-interceptor batch in the MiG-31BM standard" said the agency’s source.
According to him, the MiG corporation (included in the KLA) has already started work on modernization and will continue the implementation of this state order in 2019.
On August 24, UAC President Yury Slusar told Interfax that the entire fleet of interceptor MiG-31s will be upgraded by 2023. “We expect that in the coming years, the VKS will receive a few dozen more modernized MiG-31BMs, so that by 2023 the entire existing fleet will be modernized,” Y. Slyusar said.
According to some information, at present there are about 120 MiG-31s in the Russian Aerospace Forces, plus about 150 more planes at storage bases. It is estimated that there are around 100 modernized MiG-31BMs in service today.
The MiG-31BM supersonic fighter is designed for long-term patrols and combat high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, strategic bombers and low-flying targets. The aircraft is able to simultaneously hit 6 and accompany up to 10 air targets.
yuck, so 120 midenrized + 150 more? 270 long range BM interceptors? shiiit coool