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Ok seriously what are the Russians smoking when they draw up their fighters? This thing looks like a bad mix between a Tomcat and an Eagle.
The MiG-31 is basically an advanced development of the MiG-25.
And the MiG-25 pre-dates both the F-14 and F-15.
In fact, it was fears over the MiG-25 that significantly influenced the design and performance of the F-15.
So yeah. It’s a specialised design for high speed and altitude interception.
The MiG-25 was made to intercept the U-2 and XB-70, while the MiG-31 was enhanced to intercept anything that flies, including cruise missiles.
However, they’ll only be able to go to max speed (Mach 3.2) once, and then the engines will be damaged beyond repair.
Yup, which is why there were officially ‘limited’ to Mach 2.8 in service.
Chances are they could have intercepted an SR-71 though.
An RAF English Electric Lightning managed to do so, though granted, the RAF were aware of the flightplan and were ready for it.
The Lightning zoom climbed until it’s engines flamed out, but that got it to over 90,000ft.
It then descended towards the SR-71, the pilot snapping photos of it from above, before it’s engines could be re-lit at lower altitude.
Not exactly practical, but it’s worth pointing out that a missile could be fired under those circumstances.
There was a real risk of losing the Lightning had the engines not restarted, but the RAF brass considered that a worthwhile price to pay in order to show the USAF those photos of the Blackbird from above.