The specialists of aviation engineering service of the Western Military District (WMD) have completed the acceptance of two upgraded MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors, press-service of WMD reports.
"The new vehicles piloted by the representatives of WMD’s military units performed ferry flight to their home base – a military airfield located in Tver Region. In the near term the aircraft will come on duty and start protecting the airspace of Russian Federation", - the source added.
The fighter regiment of WMD stationed in Tver Region will be outfitted with jets of the type this year. In 2013 a squadron of Murmansk composite regiment of WMD was outfitted with the upgraded MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors, the press-service added.
MiG-31BM is the two-seat supersonic all-weather long-range fighter-interceptor. It is fitted with state-of-the-art control system. Its target acquisition range is 320 km; its destruction range is 280 km. Its radar is capable of detecting 24 air targets simultaneously and the jet can attack 8 of them with missiles at once.