MiG-31 jets will be stationed at airfields located in the Arctic Region in order to protect our ports and transport routes, Interfax reports with reference to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Defense Forces Major General Kirill Makarov.
“In the Arctic Region we are deploying both reconnaissance equipment designed to detect enemy aircraft and fighter aircraft, including MiG-31 jets,” Makarov said.
He noted that MiG-31 jets would be protecting our ports, transport routes and hubs as well as ships throughout the whole Arctic Region. “In particular, these MiG aircraft will be protecting ships travelling along Northern Sea Route in case of a military conflict,” General Makarov added.
The two-seat supersonic MiG-31 fighter interceptor is the fourth-generation Russian combat aircraft. It was developed 25 years ago, however, today it is still the world’s fastest combat aircraft having the world’s highest ceiling. It is fitted with long-range air-to-air missiles able to intercept and destroy cruise missiles at extremely low altitudes. At present air defense forces of Russia operate over 350 MiG-31 fighter-interceptors.