Foxhound to the Fore

The Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound may be a Cold War design, but upgrades and new weapons have kept it relevant. Alexander Mladenov looks at the capabilities and deployment of the Russian MiG-31 fleet, which has gone through a comprehensive upgrade and life extension programme.

A Russian Naval Aviation Foxbat blasts offthe runway. The MiG-31 may be ageing, but modernisation ensures it is a current and a formidable adversary.

Known as the Foxhound by NATO, the MiG-31 can fly at impressive speed, has a powerful radar and is armed with long-legged air-to-air missiles (AAMs).

There is also an upgrade for the type, tailored for long-range strike against land and sea targets with hypersonic missiles fitted with both conventional and nuclear warheads, while another version – still in development – is intended for use as a launch platform for anti-satellite missiles.

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