The upgraded MiG-31BM is the principal long-range fighter-interceptor in Russia. The growing fleet has become even more lethal in recent years,

The speedy Foxhound features a robust airframe mainly made from steel alloys and designed to withstand high aerodynamic and thermal loads resulting from a low-altitude supersonic flight for prolonged times
All photos, Andrey Zinchuk

THE MIG-31BM FORCE, operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and Russian Naval Aviation (AVMF), is the mainstay of the homeland air defense in Russia. Set to continue in this role into the next decade, the twin-engine, twin-fin and steel-airframe monster, known as the Foxhound by NATO, is in a class of its own as a heavyweight long-range fighter-interceptor at supersonic cruise speeds.

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