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Upgraded MiG-31 air defense fighter jets enter duty in central Russia

November 07, 2013, 13:24 UTC+3
The MiG-31BM is an advanced version of the supersonic long-range interceptor fighter
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ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Semekhin

ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Semekhin

MOSCOW, November 7 (Itar-Tass) - A pair of upgraded interceptor fighters MiG-31BM entered duty at the Khotilovo air base, in the Tver Region, on Thursday, the Western military district’s spokesman, Colonel Oleg Kochetkov, told Itar-Tass.

“The interceptors will be involved in routine missions by the Khotilovo air group and in air defense combat duties along Russia’s borders,” he said.

By the end of this year the base will get an advanced training complex UTK-31-BM, meant for retraining pilots to fly this type of planes. The simulator is an exact replica of the cockpit and flight control systems, which enables trainees to practice take-off, landing and manoeuvring, attacks on air targets and action to be taken in emergencies that may occur in flight.

The MiG-31BM is an advanced version of the supersonic long-range interceptor fighter. It is capable of detecting and destroying air targets at extra-low, low, medium and high altitudes in any weather round the clock. It is equipped with an advanced weapons control system and radars capable of spotting targets at a distance of up to 320 kilometres and destroying them from a distance of 280 kilometres. The MiG-31BM is capable of tracking up to ten air targets at a time and attacking six targets simultaneously.

In the spring of 2013 a pair of MiG-31 BM interceptors went operational at the Monchegorsk air base, in the Murmansk Region.

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