Remember the Foxhound that suddenly showed up very very close to a Norwegian F-16 recently, the Russian Western Military District accepted just 8 of those modernized MiG-31BM long-range interceptors on 2 December 2014.
The aircraft are assigned to the Tver Fighter Wing at Borisovsky Khotilovo, about 235 miles (378 km) from NATO’s border of Estonia. The base is also home to Sukhoi Su-27s and older MiG-31Bs. With today’s commissioning of the new batch of combat jets, the wing now officially has 12 overhauled and upgraded MiG-31BMs on strength.
Compared to the old Foxhounds – as NATO calls the plane – the new MiG-31BM has a modern management system, a target detection range of almost 200 miles (320 km) and the ability to engage enemy aircraft at a distance of 170 miles (about 280 km). The aircraft is capable of simultaneously hitting six air targets and track up to ten.
Source: Russian Ministry of Defence, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger