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MiG-31 shoots down cruise missile.


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Apparently, a MiG-31 has sucessfully engaged a cruise missile during drills in the Republic of Komi.

 

“The cruise missile was destroyed at an altitude of 300 meters above the ground from a distance of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the target.”

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MiG-31 was designed, as I understand it, from day 1 to intercept cruise missiles.

 

To this end it had, hands-down the most advanced radar fitted to a fighter aircraft at the time.

 

It's funny; MiG-25 had a shockingly primitive radar with vacuum tubes.  The West was shocked to find out when Belenko defected just how crude the radar was.  MiG-31 was the first in the air with a PESA.

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