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MiG-31 (Foxhound)

 

The Russian interceptor aircraft MiG-31

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : Russian VVS

 

     The MiG-31 (Foxhound – NATO code) is a Russian interceptor. It was developed in the Soviet Union during the 70’s by OKB Mikoyan. The first flight took place 16 September 1975. The F-15 Eagle entered service 6 May 1981.

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Variants :

MiG-31B
MiG-31BS / BSM
MiG-31DZ
MiG-31BM

 

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Armament

Gun : Gsh-6-23M rotary 6 x 23 mm
Capacity : 260 rounds
Rate of fire : 8 000 rounds per minute

Hardpoints : 8, up to 3 000 kg
Air-to-air long range missiles : R-33 (AA-9 Amos – NATO code), R-37 (AA-13 Arrow)
Air-to-air medium range missiles : R-40 (AA-6 Acrid), R-77 (AA-12 Adder)
Air-to-air short-range missiles : R-60 (AA-8 Aphid), R-73 (AA-11 Archer)
Air-to-surface missile : Kh-31P (AS-17 Krypton), Kh-58 (AS-11 Kilter)

 

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Specifications

Crew : 2
Powerplant : 2 x TRDDF AL-30F6
Thrust : 2 x 152 kN (15 500 kgp) with afterburner
Maximum speed in high altitude : 3 000 km/h (Mach 2.83)
Maximum speed in low altitude : 1 500 km/h (Mach 1.21)
Cruise speed : 950 km/h (Mach 0.9)
Maximum ceiling : 30 000 m
Service ceiling : 20 600 m

Empty weight : 21 820 kg
Loaded weight : 39 150 kg
Maximum takeoff weight : 46 750 kg

Length : 22.69 m
Wingspan : 13.46 m
Height : 6.15 m

 

 

 

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : Russian Air Force

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : Russian Air Force

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : Russian Air Force

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : MiG

 

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MiG-31. Photo Credit : MiG

 

 

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