Soviet and now Russian air defence forces celebrate 75 since their inception. Now it is not only missiles like S-300 or S-400 but also a lot of fighter jets whose primary duty is to protect skies from intrusion. They call it air border guards. Mostly consists of MiG-31, Su-27 and MiG-29s. Let’s see them in action.
Their main duty is to protect strategic objects from skies.
For example MiG-31 was initally planned as a jet to be used in Air Defense only. For this reason no MiG-31 can be sold abroad and can be used only in Russia.
MiG-31 can cover 1000 km range in just 18 minutes.
In just one flight there were set 19 world records, including speed of departure: in just under eight minutes this 30 ton thing loaded with four missiles climbed from zero to 20 km (60,000 ft) high.
Also the weapons on MiG-31 said to be a state of art. However all those planes called “most peaceful weapon” as their sole purpose is defense.
They say that the next generation of this plane – MiG-41 is already underway.
MiG-31s never participated in war conflicts yet.
At this moment four Air Defense air force regiments are active in Russia.
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