Three MiG-31B fighters have been delivered to Bolshoe Savino air group (deployed in Perm Region), RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of Central Military District (CMD).
«Bolshoe Savino air group has taken delivery of three MiG-31B fighters", - he said adding that the pilots have performed ferry flight from Rzhev-based aviation plant. The jets were under going over haul i
The representative of CMD also noted that the air group will take delivery of the upgraded MiG-31BM fighters this year. These jets are equipped with the new armament control system increasing the jet’s target acquisition and target engagement range to 320 and 280 km respectively.
MiG-31BM is capable of tracking up to 10 targets and attacking 6 of them simultaneously.
"The fighters will join the air group’s alert force responsible for protecting the administrative, industrial and military facilities of Ural", - the representative of CMD explained.
Citing the CMD’s General Commanding Officer of the air forces and air defense forces, major-general Viktor Sevostyanov, the officer reminded that the fleet of aviation units of CMD will comprise 70% of new-built and upgraded vehicles by 2020.
According to him, Kansk air group (Krasnoyarsk Region) was re-equipped with MiG-31BM fighters in 2012. "The aviation units of CMD took delivery of 10 MiG-31BM fighters in 2012", - he concluded.