[quoteA single soyuz can launch a lot of them and if you are talking nuclear exchange time then all bets are off to do something like that as most infrastructure will be taken out on all sides.[/quote]
A single Soyuz launch takes months to prepare and as you said its launch facilities could be compromised by the time it is needed.
In comparison a MiG-31 could be located anywhere in Russia, or flown anywhere for the launch and because the rockets are launched from altitude and also at speed they are nothing like the size or signature of a rocket you would normally need to get such a package into orbit... you could transport a MiG-31 and 20 missiles in an An-124 most likely... 50 tons for the MiG and 80 tons for the missiles assuming 4 tons each...
Too much of a stretched argument -
The simple fact is that the closer you are to the equator the more of a boost any launch in the direction of the earths spin... for commercial launches it might make sense to move closer to the equator to achieve a higher orbit, but for military purposes the direction of launch might make the speed of the earths rotation at the equator count against the launch rather than improve its performance.
No ASAT mig-31 squads nor launches beyond an experiment. Kinzhal is a practical use for this plane
Photos of MiG-31s with large rockets underneath them that are clearly not Kinzhals suggests otherwise.
Not orbital intercepts....like icbm warheads.
ICBM warheads do not enter orbit, they go up and come down like an artillery shell... a MiG-31 operating in the middle of Siberia with **** all of any consequence within 1,000km radius has just taken off from its airbase and an SLBM warhead is detected heading for the air base... a MiG-31 with an air launched S-500 missile might be a good solution to dealing with the threat... no ABM treaty to stop them after all.
811 is my quote to lllyle user and it was to his post only and then the other user did not follow the guidance.....you should blame the other user not me for introducing block quotes
It is clearly stated in the forum rules that you have read of course.
Unrelated topic...my point was based on existing open source observations or more like speculations. I already acknowledged possibility because they did the experiment long time back. No one thing ends with one test even for much simpler things....
Kinzhal is an air launched Iskander, so they set a precedent... they could just as easily air launch an S-500 SAM, or a small satellite launch rocket with its biggest first stage removed.
It is not speed related, it is more about alternate more simpler and cheaper ways now to do it when rockets are manufactured on assembly lines to send to space....
Of course it is speed and altitude related... the higher and faster moving the rocket is when it is launched the less speed and altitude and air it has to fly to to get to space. Lifting it up though the thickest warmest part of the atmosphere makes reaching space much easier... momentum is as critical as speed.
18 years already since ABM ripped apart
But no urgent interest till Trump started talking about militarisation of space and space forces etc.
Photos of large rockets under MiG-31s are not recent or new either...
Too optimistic to consider what you are saying when a nuke exchange occurs to do something like that....most military deployments follow optimization principles as things are finite and therefore risks prioritize why,what, how and where
If you are creating doomsday revenge weapons it makes sense to have some way of using them efficiently... launch the nuclear powered low flying cruise missiles in any direction you like and launch some micro satellites to have a look at the damage... the poseidons and long range cruise missiles might be programmed not to hit targets for days or weeks... plenty of time for microsatellites to look over the target zones and determine what needs to be hit again... then launch a Sputnik 10 that orbits the earth every 90 minutes transmitting the locations each missile in flight should be going for...
Kinzhals are not orbitally deployed as far as I know
Of course not, but in the ammo depots for the MiG-31K aircraft that deliver Kinzhals against ship and surface targets they could have a large stock of other rockets they could also launch if needed against satellites or to put their own satellites in orbit.
Ground based and sea based ones certainly but you have to question yourself when a country has literally 100's of sats in orbit why anyone country would target one?
There are a lot of countries that might want to blind Russia or the US or European satellite users... the destruction of other satellites might damage or disable your own so emergency deployment of new temporary satellites might be a valuable capability.