Russia to launch MiG-31 replacement programme before end of decade

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Russia is to begin developing a replacement for the MiG-31 ‘Foxhound’ interceptor before the end of the decade, state media reported on 12 August.

Development of the next-generation PAK-DP (Predpolagayemyy vozdukha Kompleks dlya Dal’ney Perekhvat – Prospective Air Complex for Long-Range Interception) aircraft is to start in 2019, the TASS news agency quoted the commander in chief of Russia’s Air and Space Forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev as saying.

The Russian Air Force (VVS) is currently upgrading 130 of its approximately 200 ‘Foxhound’ aircraft to the latest MiG-31BM standard. This upgrade encompasses the aircraft’s avionics, cockpit displays, datalinks, radar, and fire control systems, and will see the fuselage and landing gear refurbished also.

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