The German press spoke about the strongest Russian combat aircraft


Soviet two-seat high-altitude all-weather supersonic long-range fighter-interceptors MiG-31 for many years to come will guard the Russian sky for a number of reasons, writes the German edition of Flug Revue.


The MiG-31 is the strongest combat aircraft in the Russian Aerospace Forces, which has great potential for modernization thanks to its initial resource. These aircraft have been protecting the airspace for 40 years, first the USSR, and now the Russian Federation, and the Russian Aerospace Forces are preparing them to continue service in the next decade. The technical characteristics and capabilities of the MiG-31 are still relevant, but the Russians, apparently, want to carry out a large-scale improvement of the aircraft in the future.

Since 2007, the Sokol aircraft building plant in Nizhny Novgorod has been deeply modernizing these interceptors to the MiG-31BM version. A modern Zaslon AM radar station is installed on the planes, which allows you to deal with six air targets at the same time and track up to a dozen.

In addition to upgrading to the MiG-31BM, engineers are taking completely new approaches. For example, they want to completely computerize the control of the aircraft. LCD screens appeared in the cockpit, which display tactical, navigation, radar and other information. The fuselage of the MiG-31 is scrupulously checked for corrosion, the aircraft undergoes a real rejuvenation, since it changes from 15 to 50 percent of the parts, from rubber seals to the canopy. In addition, the interceptor received the Dagger hypersonic missiles. At the same time, engineers from Nizhny Novgorod have already announced that the newest version of the modernized interceptor "with remote control" is now being tested.

What exactly Falcon is aiming for with tests is unclear. Perhaps we are talking about preparing the MiG-31 for an even longer service life, because the Russians will probably not be able to afford a successor in the form of the MiG-41. But this is not necessary, since the state corporation "Rostec" has long stated that the service life of the MiG-31 is "practically inexhaustible" - thanks to its fuselage, which is partially made of titanium

- said the press of Germany.
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  1. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
    kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 5 December 2021 13: 27
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    Soviet groundwork in action. Low bow to Soviet designers and engineers! good
  2. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 5 December 2021 15: 05
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    Mig31 engines with 15,5t thrust can also be replaced with more powerful 18t thrust for SU57. the glider can be sheathed with heat-resistant composite to reduce EPR, afar su57 detects targets at a distance of 400 km
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 5 December 2021 16: 23
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      Serial radars with AFAR are not produced in Russia. No Russian Air Force regiment is equipped with the Su-57. The MiG-31 already has a huge turning radius, comparable to the radius of the SR-71 reconnaissance. For air combat, the MiG-31 is useless, only for interception A single target. The MiG-31 was seized due to the failure of the serial production of the Su-57. The radar and the MiG-31 were 45 years old, Zaslonovskaya.
  3. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 5 December 2021 15: 36
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    The strongest Russian aircraft that cannot be duplicated is the Soviet maize. He can not only spray the fields, but also mow the corn and clean the shanks. In a day, he can clear ten hectares of corn or wind up, at the same time, three vigorous uranium bombs.
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 5 December 2021 21: 30
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    MiG-31 is the strongest combat aircraft in the Russian Aerospace Forces

    I probably will not live when Putin's "galoshes" begin to fly.
  5. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 6 December 2021 18: 56
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    Stalin was always afraid when outside the cordon they began to extol something in the USSR. If they are praised, then something was done wrong. But what was done wrong, you need to find and understand why and who.