The Arctic has been on the lips of the whole world since Russia intensified its activities in that region. CNN summed up a “high-profile” satellite image that Maxar shared from that region as Russia’s accumulation of “unprecedented” military power.
Izvestia notes to which he refers RMF, I mentioned the exercises in which the MiG-31BM fighters took part. They took off from Kzuchotka and intercepted a target imitating a hypersonic launcher behind the Arctic Circle.
The MiG-31 is a heavy Soviet two-seat interceptor, which was supposed to be a mixture of the Tu-128 and MiG-25. It is powered by a twin-propeller, twin-flow Sołowiow D-30 aircraft engine that generates a thrust of 93 kN without combustion (152 kN with afterburner).
Thanks to these engines, the fighter reaches maximum speeds of 3000 km / h. Modern BM versions are equipped with the Zasłon-M radar. It makes it possible to detect, for example, a fighter from a distance of up to 320 km. For this specific interception, it came from an altitude of 20,000 meters, at a speed of Mach 2.5.
The essence of this process is illustrated by the colonel’s words. Wiktor Malikow, who spoke about the need for Russia to remain vigilant due to its proximity to the United States.
The Russians have maintained the MiG-31 BM in the Arctic for several months. The pilots arrived in the new archipelago in the Arctic Sea in January. A month later, the first crew rotation took place.