No other nation operates anything like the MiG-31 ‘Foxhound’ — a big, brutish, heavyweight interceptor offering Mach 2.8 performance and long range.

The history of the MiG-31 is far from over and there are persistent reports that we will see new versions in the future. All photos
Dmitriy Pichugin

THE GEOGRAPHY OF Russia, its vast uninhabited territories of the north and close proximity to a ‘probable enemy’ — the US — coupled with sparsely located airfields, radar and missile sites, drives the demand for a long-range interceptor. It requires an aircraft that has the ability to operate with limited ground support and utilize automatic data exchange within a formation. The reaction to any threat must be fast, hence the requirement for high speed. This is the domain of the MiG-31

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