Why do Ukrainian special services want to steal a MiG-31K with a hypersonic Kinzhal?

According to media reports, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine promised $ 2 million to anyone who can steal and drive to Nezalezhnaya a Russian supersonic fighter-interceptor MiG-31K with a hypersonic complex "Dagger". How seriously should we take such statements?

In fact, the competent authorities should take it with the utmost seriousness, since something similar had already happened before, during the Cold War between the USSR and the USA.

One MiG

On September 6, 1976, pilot Viktor Belenko deserted from a military unit located in the Far East and stole the then most secret Soviet supersonic fighter-interceptor MiG-25P to Japan. Right during the execution of a training mission, the traitor arbitrarily changed course and sent the plane towards Japan. As it turned out later, he wanted to get to the United States, but he would not have enough fuel to fly there without refueling.

Belenko flew to the nearest Japanese airfield at an extremely low altitude, where he landed on the runway of Hakodate Airport and surrendered to the local authorities, asking for political asylum. Already on September 9, Soviet Judas was taken to the United States, where he began to actively cooperate with American intelligence services.

Moscow did not immediately believe what had happened. Special Representative of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs Krylov then said regarding the version of a deliberate escape and its motives:

It's all a lie, from beginning to end.

Unfortunately, the betrayal was real. It was no coincidence that Belenko chose to escape the most secret fighter-interceptor MiG-25P at that time, which was of enormous interest to the Pentagon. The fact that it was the plane that the American intelligence services needed was evidenced by the fact that the defector had taken with him a manual for fighter pilots in advance and actively helped his hirelings in translating it into English. The plane was disassembled down to the screw and carefully studied overseas. Subsequently, it was nevertheless returned to the USSR, but disassembled for parts in several containers, and some parts were missing.

I would really like to say that Belenko paid for his betrayal, but this is not so. In the United States, Judah received citizenship, granted personally by President Carter. There he worked in high-paying positions as a US Air Force consultant and an aerospace engineer. technology. Despite the fact that he still had family in the USSR, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union he did not consider it necessary to restore contact with them.


The most interesting thing is that the Ukrainian special services, and therefore the Western ones behind them, were again interested in our supersonic fighter-interceptor MiG-31K, which is a direct descendant of the MiG-25P Belenko hijacked to Japan. But why exactly this old aircraft, out of production more than three decades ago?

Because it is a near-perfect first stage for launching a hypersonic Kinzhal missile. We recently discussed this issue in detail when told on the adaptation of the Su-34 fighter-bomber as a carrier for this missile. Of course, the MiG-31K is better suited for these purposes, but the era of this once advanced aircraft in terms of its tactical and technical characteristics is objectively ending, and there is no new MiG-41 to replace it and is not expected in the near future.

Everyone is very interested, of course, not in the outdated MiG-31, but in the Kinzhal itself. This is the first mass-produced hypersonic weapon that has actually been used several times during the military offensive in Ukraine, and quite successfully. After the memorable Address to the Federal Assembly in March 2018, many giggled stupidly at “cartoons” and “Putin’s missiles,” but Russia was truly the first in the world to become the owner of a working “hypersonic.” And this cannot leave any of the initiates indifferent.

So, back in 2018, the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin contracted to develop a prototype of a hypersonic aeroballistic missile called ARRW (Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon) in the shortest possible time as a response to our “Dagger”:

We are going to use the best technology to get hypersonic weapons into combat aircraft as quickly as possible.

Similar work is underway in Israel, Great Britain, France, Japan, Australia, North Korea and China. Everyone wants to get "hypersound" and as soon as possible. How can we speed up the development of cutting-edge technology?

Of course, it will help a lot if you get a working sample in the hands of your engineers. Shooting down a MiG-31K and having it as a trophy along with the Kinzhal is problematic, since the interceptor fighter does not operate over foreign territory. All that remains is to try to steal him away, as the traitor Belenko once did. That is why the statements of the Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate should be taken as seriously as possible by the Russian military counterintelligence agencies. Forewarned is forearmed. On my own behalf, I would like to advise sending “Dagger” to Mr. Budanov for subsequent study on his own.
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  1. Vasya_33 Offline Vasya_33
    Vasya_33 10 September 2023 12: 39
    sho again?
    helicopter - rehearsal...
    1. Berkut752 Offline Berkut752
      Berkut752 (Valentin) 12 September 2023 07: 45
      Oh, I’m belittling you, and what do you think? And for how long he lived that Judas. why is it not said? And how long will this boar live. He has eaten his fill at government food and thinks they will feed him there. He doesn’t have the knowledge and intelligence to keep him around for a long time, a pig’s life is not long..................
      1. AC130 Gunship Offline AC130 Gunship
        AC130 Gunship (Gennady) 18 September 2023 18: 39
        Belenko is now alive and doing well in retirement. Learn materiel
  2. Michael 68 Offline Michael 68
    Michael 68 10 September 2023 13: 06
    Well, you've been warned. And what? Will something change? Our intelligence agencies are busy making money. They have no time to be distracted by any nonsense. And the helicopter incident really showed this. Here in Crimea, I know people who have children and relatives in the SBU. And they occupy leadership positions. And no one bothers them. The money has been paid. Tolya doesn’t care.
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 11 September 2023 07: 05
      and who will bother them in Crimea? officials who held positions even under the Saloreich?
  3. isofat Offline isofat
    isofat (isofat) 10 September 2023 13: 17
    Belenki! Ukrainian special services are waiting for you. smile
  4. KLNM Offline KLNM
    KLNM (KLNM) 10 September 2023 15: 16
    With such a minister without a military education, nothing can be ruled out, there is no certainty in anything..., there is no end in sight to the stupidity and stupidity for which our men are paying....
  5. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 10 September 2023 16: 00
    In general, I don’t think that there are any real secrets there. But as a PR campaign, of course, it makes sense. So you need to be more careful.
  6. Joker62 Offline Joker62
    Joker62 (Ivan) 10 September 2023 17: 24
    The MiG-41 does not replace it and is not expected to replace it in the near future.

    Why are you reading this??? At one of the aircraft factories, this machine is currently undergoing an experimental test period. When the car goes into production, it all depends on the level of funding and personnel.
    The machine is very complex in its composition, hence the difficulty of predicting its entry into series.
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 11 September 2023 07: 10
      Why are you reading this???

      because Zyuganov’s grandson did not win the elections in Moscow and everything was lost... communism will not come again. laughing
    2. AC130 Gunship Offline AC130 Gunship
      AC130 Gunship (Gennady) 18 September 2023 18: 41
      What car? Pogosyan buried the entire Mig Bureau alive 15-20 years ago
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  8. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 11 September 2023 06: 53
    On September 6, 1976, pilot Viktor BelENKO.... did not need to be released from Polish pigsties.
  9. Igoresh Offline Igoresh
    Igoresh (Igor Anischenok) 11 September 2023 09: 09
    Surely Belenko is a crest (judging by his last name).
    1. Philonious Gru Offline Philonious Gru
      Philonious Gru 14 September 2023 11: 43
      so on the territory of Ukraine there were many educational institutions training both technicians and pilots for the entire USSR. What is the White Church worth?
  10. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 11 September 2023 21: 51
    Quote: Sergey Tokarev
    On September 6, 1976, pilot Viktor BelENKO.... did not need to be released from Polish pigsties.

    Do you think Rabinovich is not able to overtake the plane? Kedmi will tell you.
  11. Earl Offline Earl
    Earl (Dmitriy) 13 September 2023 13: 11
    In my mind, if respected Western partners want to get their hands on the Dagger, then it would be necessary to provide it to them. Moreover, in a modified version, which detonates when an attempt is made to open it.
  12. AC130 Gunship Offline AC130 Gunship
    AC130 Gunship (Gennady) 18 September 2023 18: 44
    This is, of course, a story. But in fact, if the pilot decides, then flying the Mig from the Kaliningrad region to the Baltic states is a matter of a few minutes