The Russian Defense Ministry signed a new contract for the modernization of MiG-31 fighter-interceptors
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
No , noway, the number of stored MiG-31 is much less than 150 and not all are in conditions for modernization.
150 could be befrore the modernization BM included the +/- 60 MiG-31 stored at ARZ 514 , for parts/canibalization
The modernization MiG-31BM for the VKS has been completed in real terms in 2018
The number of MiG-31 in service are:
Akhtubinsk: 2 BM + 10K
Savasleyka: 12 BM (after losing 1 BM)
Ts.Uglovaya: 24 BM
Kansk: 24 BM (after losing 3)
Perm: 24 BM
Khotilovo: 24 BM known
Total: 110 BM and 10 K
Monchegorsk: 10 BM (after relocate several BM to other bases)
Yelizovo: 10 not nodernized, to replace son (half DZ)
Then total in service today are 140 MiG-31 (120 BM + 10K + 10 not modernized)
Also , Sokol Plant have about 10 BM of SAP-2018 pending to transfer , probably to Yelizovo
Pilots of the Kamchatka Fighter Aviation Squadron are ready for new challenges. And they, undoubtedly, will take place, because, first, we returned to the Arctic seriously and for a long time. Secondly, in the near future, a squadron under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Koderle will receive deeply modernized MiG-31 BCM aircraft, which possess higher technical capabilities and combat potential. And that means: Kamchatka "falcons" are waiting for new tests in the Arctic, which are difficult and therefore especially interesting.
IN STORAGE (by september 2018)
Yelizovo: 20 mostly old versions for recycling (+ 10 not modernized still in service)
Tsentralnaya Uglovaya: 12 (several DZ)
Perm: 9 (mostly DZ)
Khotilovo: 5 (DZ)
4020 Reserve Base - Lípetsk: 24 (some DZ)
514 ARZ - Rzhev : 20 MiG-31 and several MiG-25. These airplanes are old versions for the use of ARZ
This is 98 in storage (+10 in service) , total 108 not modernized
However, the next modernization of "several dozens" will be MiG-31K from the remaining MiG-31DZ (about 50).
The most probably is send one squadron of MiG-31K to North Fleet to complete Monchegorsk MiG-31 regiment , and other MiG-31K squadron to complete Yelizovo
In VKS i think is posible one MiG-31K regiment for Long Range Aviation
The MiG-31B were modernized between 2008 and 2013 (45 remaining machines of 54 received from USSR in 1992)
MiG-31BS have been almost completely modernized since 2014 until 2018 (near 90 of about 100 upgraded in the early 90´s)
The older versions of MiG-31 will be used for recycling/parts/canibalization to keep in active the fleet of MiG-31BM
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