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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 6 May 1981
Maiden Flight: 16 September 1975
Total Production: 500
Also Known As: Foxhound, Mig-31B, Mig-31D, Mig-31DM, Mig-31DZ, Mig-31E, Mig-31M and Mig-31S
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG and Sokol
Parent System: Mig-31
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 6 May 1981
Maiden Flight: 16 September 1975
Total Production: 500
Family Members: Mig-31BM and Mig-31BP
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Description: The Mig-31, Foxhound NATO-codename, is a long range, two-seat, high-speed, high-altitude fighter aircraft developed on the basis of the proven Mig-25 Foxbat interceptor. It is powered by two D-30F6 fuel-efficient engines developing a top speed of Mach 2.83 mach at high altitude. Besides, it is fitted with an entirely new state-of-the-art weapons system providing multiple target engagement capability using long range air-to-air missiles. The weapons system also allows cooperative engagements within groups of Mig-31 aircraft sharing data between them. The Soviet Union's Air Force introduced the Mig-31 aircraft in 1981. About 500 Mig-31s were produced in the former Soviet Union and no export sales have been reported yet, despite Russia was marketing the aircraft to China in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Mig-31 is able to intercept and destroy high and low altitude targets day and night, in all-weather conditions, in active and passive jamming and clutter environment. The SBI-16 Zaslon electronically scanned phased array radar, RP-31E phased array radar on Mig-31E export model, is the core of the Mig-31 weapons system providing detection and tracking of up to 10 targets with 4 simultaneous engagements. A wide variety of air-to-air missiles and built-in 23mm multi-barrel cannon enable the Mig-31 to perform a threat kill at long, medium, short, and close ranges including cruise missiles flying at low altitudes. A group of four interceptors, exchanging information between them, is capable of providing coverage of an area of 800 kilometers wide. Other Soviet-made aircraft types can exchange data and interoperate with Mig-31s. The aircraft can also be controlled by ground operators.

In 1984 the Soviet Union started the development of an upgraded variant known as the Mig-31M. Six prototypes were built including some of them fitted with wingtips Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods. Nevertheless the Mig-31M modernization program was never completed due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, the Mig-31 was also intended to destroy low-orbit satellite using an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapon with the Mig-31D/Mig-31DZ variant developed for that purpose carrying the 79M6 missile interceptor. The upgraded Mig-31DM was expected to carry the 95M6 missile. A Russian-Kazakhstan aerospace system called Ishim was intended for placing small satellites into orbit deployed onboard the Mig-31S. The upgraded MiG-31 aircraft is supposed to be used as the carrier in such system. With over 500 aircraft produced in the 1980s only 200 to 300 remain serviceable with the Russian Air Force in a configuration known as the Mig-31B. Less than half of those aircraft should undergo upgrading to the Mig-31BM standard by 2020 with the remaining aircraft being retired from active service.

Mig-31 Specifications

Crew: 2
Engaged Aerial Targets: 4
External Stations: 8
Number of Engines: 2
Tracked Aerial Targets: 10
Height: 6.45 meter (21.2 foot)
Length: 21.6 meter (71 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.5 meter (44 foot)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 5 g
Ceiling: 20,600 meter (67,585 foot)
Ferry Range: 3,000 kilometer (1,620 nautical mile)
Ferry Range with One In-Flight Refueling: 5,400 kilometer
Max Range: 1,400 kilometer (756 nautical mile)
Max Range at Cruise Speed: 720 kilometer
Cruise Speed: 2.35 mach (2,810 kph)
Ferry Speed: 0.85 mach
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2.83 mach (3,383 kph)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 1,500 kph (1.25 mach)
Flight Endurance: 3.60 hour
Max Takeoff Thrust: 68,340 pound (30,999 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 46,200 kilogram (101,852 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mig-31 News

There are 18 news between
5 Aug 2009 and 1 Oct 2018
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Monday, October 1, 2018Russia Might Be Developing Air-Launched Anti-Satellite Missile
Wednesday, September 26, 2018Russian Air Force Su-57 Gets Izdeliye 810 Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile
Thursday, July 19, 2018Russia Unveils New Video Footage of Next Generation Weapons
Tuesday, August 22, 2017Russian Air Force to Take Delivery of First Mig-41 Hypersonic Interceptor in the mid-2020s
Wednesday, June 14, 2017Mig Corporation Developing Mig-41 Hypersonic Jet and Skat Unmanned Combat Aircraft
Sunday, January 24, 2016Russian Air Force Mig-41 Interceptor to Feature Mach 4 Speed
Wednesday, June 24, 2015Mig-31BM to Be Equipped with New Navigation System for the Arctic
Thursday, May 28, 2015Russian Air Force MiG-31 Successfully Downs Cruise Missile in Military Drills
Monday, April 13, 2015Russian Defense Ministry to Upgrade 130 Mig-31s
Wednesday, March 11, 2015Russia's MiG Corporation Developing New Heavy Fighter-Interceptor as Mig-31 Replacement

Operators & Related Equipment

Apr 2013122Mig-31 and Mig-31BM
2010200200+ Mig-31s
Aug 2009280100 aircraft in reserve
Eight Mig-31E ex-Russian Air Force upgraded aircraft ordered in 2007 but the deal was put on hold in May 2009 due to lack of funding, the deal was being negotiated in September 2009

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