The MiG-31BM interceptor fighters took over the protection of the Northern Sea Route (SMP). The vehicles of the aviation squadron of the Northern Fleet will be on duty at the island and mainland airfields in the Arctic.
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As sources in the Ministry of Defense told Izvestia, fighters of the new Arctic squadron of the 98th separate mixed air regiment of the 45th Air Force and Air Defense Army will be on duty at airfields along the NSR on a rotational basis.
At the same time, the main point of their basing will remain Monchegorsk, in which a part was deployed back in 2019. Throughout the past year, the unit has been conducting experimental exercises on the operation of aircraft along the NSR. The command recognized the results of the maneuvers as successful.
According to the honored test pilot, Hero of Russia Colonel Igor Malikov, the MiG-31BM is well suited for flights in the Arctic.
“In principle, all our equipment is designed to operate at temperatures from -50 to +50. The MiG-31BM is a complex machine, but it is quite capable of performing all tasks in the Arctic Circle. It has a long range, effective radar, new precision and long-range missiles. By and large, such aircraft will be able to completely block the airspace over the Arctic, “the specialist explained to Izvestia.
The MiG-31 is the world’s most powerful interceptor fighter. Thanks to unique radars, the aircraft sees both high-altitude targets flying at hypersonic speed and cruise missiles hiding at ultra-low altitudes. Due to the fact that the take-off weight of the interceptor exceeds 30 tons, the troops call it a “combat aircraft”.
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