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Russian MiG-31 Interceptor Jet to Stay in Service Until 2028

Sputnik News

13:20 31.03.2016(updated 13:31 31.03.2016)

The MiG-31 interceptor aircraft will stay in service until 2028, when a replacement will be introduced, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said Thursday.

SANTIAGO (Sputnik) – The MiG-31, the fastest fighter-interceptor in service anywhere in the world, has been comprehensively upgraded since starting its service in 1981.

"By 2028, the fighter-interceptor MiG-31 will cease to exist… We have the time to create a new aircraft as a replacement," Korotkov told RIA Novosti at the international aerospace show FIDAE-2016 in Chile.

The two-seater MiG-31 aircraft can intercept targets up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) away thanks to its advanced radar and long-range missiles. It can operate efficiently in all weather conditions and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital avionics.


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