The Russian Air Force got the green light to upgrade a second large batch of 50 MiG-31 long-range interceptors to the new MiG-31BM standard, Russian officials have confirmed.
In September 2013 the go-ahead was already given for 60 of these aircraft that NATO calls “Foxhound”. All work is planned to be finished in 2019, so that the MiG-31 fleet can continue to serve at least a decade more.
Russia’s Western Military District’s fighter force at Borisovsky Khotilovo Airbase is since December 2014 apparently the first in the country to have a fully equipped squadron of 12 modernised MiG-31BMs, when a batch of 8 of the updated interceptors arrived – as we at Airheadsfly.com reported earlier. In 2014 the total of 18 overhauled and upgraded MiG-31s were rotated back into the Russian Air Force.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by the Russian Ministry of Defence