The newest long-range interceptor of the Russian Air Force is the MiG-31BM (Image © Russian Ministry of Defence)

Russia welcomes new modified MiG-31 Foxhounds

The Russian Air Force base in Nizhny Novgorod recently saw the delivery of a wing of new modernized MiG-31BM Foxhound fighter-interceptor aircraft, the Minsitry of Defense in Moscow reported on Thursday 26 November.

Pilots and maintenance personnel of the air base, located 250 miles (400 km) east of Moscow, passed transition training for the new aircraft and will shortly start flight practice. In total, Russia aims to modify 110 MiG-31s to the BM standard, giving them at least a decade more of usable service life. The Foxhound first flew on 16 September 1975.

Fighter Wing

Tver Fighter Wing at Borisovsky Khotilovo, about 235 miles (378 km) from NATO’s border of Estonia, was the first to operate the BM version in december 2014.

Hitting air targets

Compared to the old Foxhound the new MiG-31BM has a modern weapons 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.

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