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Mig-31  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 6 May 1981
Maiden Flight: 16 September 1975
Total Production: 500
Also Known As: Foxhound, Mig-31B, Mig-31E and Mig-31M
Origin: Russia
Corporations: MiG Corporation 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
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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 a 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. A Russian-Kazakhstan aerospace system called Ishim was intended for placing small satellites into orbit. 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
Dimensions
Height: 6.45 meter (21.2 foot)
Length: 21.6 meter (71 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.5 meter (44 foot)
G-load
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 5 g
Performance
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
Speed
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)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3.60 hour
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 68,340 pound (30,999 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 46,200 kilogram (101,852 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Mig-31 News

There are 13 news between
5 Aug 2009 and 24 Jan 2016
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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
Monday, August 11, 2014Russian Air Force to Start Developing Replacement for Mig-31 Foxhound in 2017
Thursday, May 8, 2014Russian Air Force Tu-95MS Bomber Six Launches Cruise Missiles
Tuesday, April 8, 2014Russian Air Force Fields Mig-31BM Upgraded Interceptor
Thursday, April 11, 2013Russia May Develop Mig-31 Interceptor Replacement by 2020
Friday, May 4, 2012Russia to Set Up Military Maintenance Centers in Kazakhstan

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Kazakhstan50
YearHoldings
201243
Russia500
YearHoldings
20200
201580Mig-31B
2014112Mig-31B
Apr 2013122Mig-31 and Mig-31BM
2010200200+ Mig-31s
Aug 2009280100 aircraft in reserve
Syria8
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

Grand Total 5583
Cannons & Gear
GSh-6-23x1
Defensive Weapons
R-33Ex4
R-40RDx2
R-40TDx2
R-60MKx4
Offensive Weapons
Kh-58UShKEx4
Propulsion Systems
D-30F6x2
Sensor Systems
Zaslonx1
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