Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-31


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Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-31

Designed as a long-range, extended-endurance PVO interceptor to replace the Tu-128 and MiG-25. Development began in 1967 and the S-155MP avionics complex was ordered for the Ye-155MP interceptor in 1968. First flown, as Ye-155MP (originally Type 83 MiG-25MP) '831', 16 September 1975; second prototype ('832'), with radar, first flew 22 April 1976. Two preproduction aircraft (011 and 012) built by Sokol and flown 13 July and 30 June 1977; six development aircraft (201 to 203 and 301 to 303). Full production (of about 450) started 1979; first of 11 regiments operational 1983, replacing MiG-23 and Su-15.

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-31

 ENGINE2 x D-30F6, 151.9kN
  Take-off weight41000-46000 kg90390 - 101413 lb
  Empty weight29120 kg64199 lb
  Wingspan13.5 m44 ft 3 in
  Length22.7 m75 ft 6 in
  Height6.2 m20 ft 4 in
  Wing area61.6 m2663.06 sq ft
  Max. speed3000 km/h1864 mph
  Cruise speed2500 km/h1553 mph
  Ceiling20000 m65600 ft
  Range w/max.fuel3000 km1864 miles
  Range w/max payload1200 km746 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 23mm cannon, 8 missiles

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-31A three-view drawing (1675 x 1140)

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dalhats laudzafata avicena, e-mail, 13.03.2014 14:34

Yeah, the Mig-31 is fast, but Mig-31 just an interceptor not an air superiority fighter, so thats why its like a meat on a table.
They are inferior in maneuver, but superior in speed, its very effective when engaged a bomber, but not very effective when engaged a fighter.


Dalhats Laudzafata Avicena, e-mail, 16.09.2013 15:25

Maybe this is the last heavy fighter because the program name wasTPFI(heavy interceptor frontline fighter).


Viper, e-mail, 20.08.2012 07:14

I'm an F-15 pilot...this bird is fast but..."meat on the table" in an engagement.


DebtMan, e-mail, 22.10.2010 07:04

The MiG-31 is a great plane as the MiG.15,MiG-17,MiG-19.MiG-21,MiG-23,MiG-25 and the invincible MiG-29


Ta-183 Huckebein, 16.05.2010 01:25

MiG-31 and Firefox are completly differeent:

Non fiction and carrys eight missiles.

Fiction, carries six misiles, invisible to radar and has REAR DEFENSE PODS



Bob Lawler, e-mail, 12.04.2010 17:30

To answer the "firefox" question--That was the name of a fictional aircraft in the Clint Eastwood movie. Supposedly it was a "stealth" aircraft that the U.S. was stealing from the Soviets. The name comes from "reconfiguring" the name of the radar system on the MIG-25, which was known as the FoxFire Radar.


Matthew, e-mail, 10.03.2010 19:59

The service ceiling of the MIG 31 is 20,700m and a absolute maximum ceiling of 24,400m (according to my sources).


simone, e-mail, 24.10.2009 05:03

Against cruise missiles or bombers mig-31 could be very effective,but incase of interception of B-52 escorted by F-15,this plane should probably have been protected by su-27. This could have beena problem,becuse it is said that "mig" and "sukhoi"planes cannot communicate eah otherby radio


Dejan Vukobrat, e-mail, 22.06.2009 12:10

I dont know much about aircrafts, but this is a beautu. I'm a little confused, if this is MIG31 what is firefox?


Nikos J. Farsaris, e-mail, 08.01.2009 03:37

MiG-31 is the ultimate development of a high performance interceptor. It is based on the MiG-25 design. Retaining its capabilities of high velocity and altitude (Ceiling is over 25000 meters and dash speed 3200Km /hr)has perhaps the most powerfull Air to Air armament known today. Equiped with one of the best AESA radars (Zaslon) can cary 6 AA-9 (Vympel R-33 /37) active radar guided long range missiles plus up to 4 AA-11 (Vympel R-73)

This is the successor to MiG-25 after all and it should be a better one. Distinguished differences are...

Engines: D-30-F6 15500 Kgf each (31000 Kgf full thotled at MSL) prvides it with 1.2 Mach at sea level (~1470 Km /hr)
stil capable for 3+ Mach flight at stratospheric altitudes.

Radar: 1200KW Active Electronic Scanned Array Track While Scan 12 targets trackig 200 out of detections. Range 600Km at stratosphere,elsewhere, as propagation conditions apply... A squadron of Mig-31s can cover a 900 Km wide path. from ground to satellite altitude.

Cruie speed: continouus 2440 Km /hr at military thrust (without aferburner at stratosphere - marginally supersonic cruise at MSL)
Endurance 1Hr 40 min (corresponds to 3000 Km Range - or 1500 Km of combat radius)

It can be refuelled in flight

Newer versions are equiped with air to ground weapons. Never intended to be a tactical strike aircraft it may be used to SEAD missions.

Versatility: Landing system specialy designed for rough field operations. Stagered wheels at main landing system is unique to any aircraft. this 45-tone interceptor can land to a non prepared runway even in the mud or on snow.

Secondary Armament: A 23 mm cannon, with infrared eysight coupled. Very useful at self defence or precaution fire. accurate at 1 /3600m. (0.24 mils CEP)

Anyway, when talking about 3 Mach aircraft its probably MiG-25 /31 (over 1500 samples) than SR-71 /YF12 /A-11 (less than 50 with experiments)or XB-70


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