This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

They have an additional facility for wing and empennage repair.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

They have been preparing for this modernization since 2006.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

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.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

MiG-31 became the replacement of MiG-25 that had been developed to oppose American bombers B-70 and SR-71 jets.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

While modernizing MiG-31 they made necessary corrections to eliminate the shortcomings of MiG-25 so the new fighter turned into a very impressive interceptor.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

MiG-31 is not a very maneuverable aircraft but a rather speedy one (up to 3000 km/h). Its combat radius is 720 km, which is not too much, in fact.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

About 500 units of MiG-31 were made back in the 80s. In fact hundreds of MiG-31 aircraft that Russia has today could be updated to the level of MiG-31M or 31BM.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

The service life after modernization is about 10-15 years.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

In the painting shop.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Something seems to be lacking..

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Oh, bright colors were missing!

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

The bottom of the body will be a bit lighter…

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

They use sprayguns for coloring.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Presently, the plant repairs and modernizes the following aircraft: MiG-31, Su-24, MiG-29, their components and detachable equipment.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Aircraft repair plant No. 514 is a big enterprise that repairs and modernizes front-line aircraft and has 72-years experience in military aviation equipment repair.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Millimeter after millimeter…

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

The most delicate work is done by women.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

MiG-29.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

ARZ engines are waiting for their owners.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Nose cones of Su-24 and MiG-31.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

The plant has its own 3-km runway.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Storage space.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Exposition devoted to the history of the plant.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

The shops of Rzhev repaired a lot of aircraft during the war time.

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts

Our thanks to Aslan for the excursion!

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4 thoughts on “This Is How Russia Repairs And Improves Military Aircrafts”

  1. 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.”

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  2. 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;)

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  3. 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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