Air International 2015-07
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There's an active fleet of around 120 MiG-31 s, including 50 upgraded MiG-31BMs.
MiG-31 pilots and weapons system officers wear VMSK immersion/high-altitude protection suits and ZSh-7 helmets.
The R-33 was the MiG-31 's original long-range weapon, with a maximum reach up to 120km (65nm) in head-on engagements against targets at high altitude.
A MiG-31BM from the 98th SAP at Monchegorsk fires an R-73 heat-seeking missile.
This Monchegorsk-based MiG-31BM (serial '03'), was among the first serial-upgraded Foxhounds, delivered in 2009 and operated by the 98th SAP.
The MiG-31 uses two brake parachutes after touchdown; the distance needed for a full stop is 800m (2,624ft).
There is no successor to the MiG-31 Foxhound heavy interceptor in the Russian Air Force policy for acquiring new aircraft.
This Foxhound was among the first four production-standard MiG-31BMs delivered in 2008 to the MiG-31 instructor-research squadron at Savastleika.
The RW-BD, also known as the K-37M during its development and testing phase and now designated the R-37M, is a long-range air-to-air missile purposely developed for the MiG-31BM.
The rear­view periscope on the front canopy is among the features added during the MiG-31BM upgrade.
The Foxhound’s two Aviadvigatel D-30F-6 turbofans are each rated at 152.06kN (34,171 lb) with afterburner.
A four-ship MiG-31 formation from the combat training centre at Savastleika during a flypast over Zhukovskiy in August 2012 for the RuAF’s centenary. The first two are upgraded MiG-31BMs and the other two are legacy aircraft.
A MiG-31DZ from Khotilovo toting an R-60 training round and an operative seeker for practising target lock-on.
This non-upgraded MiG-31 from the Russian Naval Air Service’s sole Foxhound squadron takes off from its home base, Yelizovo.
Аэродром Елизово (Петропавловск-Камчатский), 10-14 апреля 2004г. Истребительный полк готов к полетам.
The 7060th Air Base Yelizovo, on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, is home to Russian Naval Aviation's sole MiG-31-equipped squadron.
All remaining MiG-31DZs are to be upgraded to the BM standard by 2019.
Live ordnance is used whenever possible during WTI to provide the most realistic combat experience. Here an AV-8B Harrier II from Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) ‘Wake Island Avengers' is armed with two 1,000lb Mk83 bombs.
Ordnance specialists disarm an AH-1W Cobra at Auxiliary Airfield 2, near Yuma, in a forward arming and refuelling point exercise during WTI 2-15.
MV-22B Ospreys on the ramp at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma awaiting another mission.
The Aerial Productions International SMART-1 (Small Manned Aerial Radar Target, Model 1), derived from the BD-5J, is a small, lightweight single-engine jet. During WTI the type simulates enemy threats, such as cruise missiles, to present a realistic threat to air and ground forces in training.
Helicopters and ground troops conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training in public during WTI, with staging areas that include local buildings and Kiwanis Park, where this CH-53 is pictured.
A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) 'Werewolves' F/A-18 Hornet from MCAS Beaufort refuelling during WTI 2-15.
A KC-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) ‘Sumos’ based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, sits on the south Combat Aircraft Loading Area at Yuma while being prepared for a WTI mission.