Russia to Upgrade MiG-31 Interceptors This Year
Russia plans to modernize the MiG-31 fighter interceptors in 2015. This was announced by Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday.
“In 2014, we decided to upgrade additional MiG-31 fighter interceptors. The work will be carried out in 2015,” Mr. Shoygu stated at a meeting in the Defence Ministry, noting that the modernization program will make it possible to expand a group of long-range interceptors.
It’s worth mentioning that the MiG-31 is designed for intercepting air targets at low, medium and high altitudes under any lighting or weather conditions. In December 2014, the Russian Defence Ministry signed a contract with the United Aircraft Corporation for repair and modernization of the MiG-31 interceptors. In accordance with the terms of the contract, more than 50 modernized MiG-31BMs shall be delivered to the Armed Forces by 2019.