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This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Posted on December 19, 2014 by team

Blogger Aslan has paid a visit to the aircraft repair plant of Rzhev, Russia, to make a report about mass modernization of MiG-31 fighters. His pictures are presented in this post.

There are about 10 aircraft on the conveyor of the assembly shop. Upon full disassembly and assembly, they will be sent to a painting shop.

An aircraft is fully disassembled, all units are repaired and tested, and when necessary – replaced with new ones.

The main problem that might occur is a short supply of some parts required for production.

They have an additional facility for wing and empennage repair.

The MiG-31 was phased out of production in 1994, the average service life of such aircraft exceeds 25 years. When such a period expires an aircraft has to go through an overhaul that provides a guaranteed extra 30 years of normal service.

Specialists believe that the operation time of its airframe may reach 40 years.

They have been preparing for this modernization since 2006.

They have a lot of orders, but the modernization of MiG-31 is their top priority.

Modernization of 50 units of MiG-31BM is to be completed by the end of 2018.

Modernization includes new avionics, digital data channels, radar and cabin improvement (multifunctional color displays), new powerful “smart” bombs, air-to-air missiles, anti-radar missiles. The detection range of the new radar is 320 km, it may track up to ten targets at the same time.


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4 Responses to “This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts”

  1. Bowner says:

    Hmm. weird… These pictures were posted on December 5th but with different people credited for:

    “Marina Lystseva aka Fotografersha, another Russian blogger, visited “Sokol” factory and Rzhevsky aircraft repair plant in Nizhny Novgorod, that has a big order for the modernization of fifty MiG-31 fighters right now. Here we share interesting pictures featuring the repair process and stuff located at both places. We hope you’ll enjoy them.”

  2. Douglas says:

    ….would like to see their lunchroom.

  3. Rob Normann says:

    I loved every bit of every millimetre of your shoots. It would be so great excitement just to follow behind you and breath every tiny bit in of this place. Russian “birds” are best;)

  4. Claudio says:

    Very impressive work of restoring aircrafts!!!. The MIG 31 and SUKHOI SU35 Soviets and Russian aircrafts are fascinating and beautiful for me. Greetings form Argentina.

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