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    I have noticed some of the MiG-31s with 2 hardpoints under each wing. Can the external ones be equipped with AA missiles except tanks? I have seen photos of prototypes or for demonstrations with missiles (like the following photo I post) but never on aircrafts that serve with the Air Force and participate in exercises. The common fully loaded MiG-31 is with 4 Amos and 4 R-60 or similar types, nothing on the external hardpoints..


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    All MiG-31's have four wing hardpoints. (I had fun discussion with Artjomh a while back about it)

    On all MiG-31 subtypes minus MiG-31BM the hardpoint closest to wingtip is meant for fueltanks only. On MiG-31BM those points are wired for normal pylons and weapons as well. So it can carry 4 R-73's or 4 R-77-1's.

    Your picture shows original MiG-31BM proposed by MiG. It could have ground attack weapons. By all accounts current MiG-31BM version cannot use ground attack weapons (pointless anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by metberkut View Post
    Your picture shows original MiG-31BM proposed by MiG. It could have ground attack weapons. By all accounts current MiG-31BM version cannot use ground attack weapons (pointless anyway).
    ... it can carry ASMs against surface ships, thou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metberkut View Post
    All MiG-31's have four wing hardpoints. (I had fun discussion with Artjomh a while back about it)

    On all MiG-31 subtypes minus MiG-31BM the hardpoint closest to wingtip is meant for fueltanks only. On MiG-31BM those points are wired for normal pylons and weapons as well. So it can carry 4 R-73's or 4 R-77-1's.

    Your picture shows original MiG-31BM proposed by MiG. It could have ground attack weapons. By all accounts current MiG-31BM version cannot use ground attack weapons (pointless anyway).
    Thanks my friend once again! With such AA load MiG-31BM is a powerful interceptor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metberkut View Post
    All MiG-31's have four wing hardpoints. (I had fun discussion with Artjomh a while back about it)

    On all MiG-31 subtypes minus MiG-31BM the hardpoint closest to wingtip is meant for fueltanks only. On MiG-31BM those points are wired for normal pylons and weapons as well. So it can carry 4 R-73's or 4 R-77-1's.

    Your picture shows original MiG-31BM proposed by MiG. It could have ground attack weapons. By all accounts current MiG-31BM version cannot use ground attack weapons (pointless anyway).
    As I know, it was meant to use anti radar missiles Kh-58 and Kh-31, not other ground attack weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medo View Post
    As I know, it was meant to use anti radar missiles Kh-58 and Kh-31, not other ground attack weapons.
    Yup, i didn't mean any other. Those were part of the MiG proposed update, but as i said RuAF didn't want/need it. Wise. Instead they have sharpen the plane even more towards being superb "long arm" platform.

    Quote Originally Posted by BitnikGr View Post
    ... it can carry ASMs against surface ships, thou.
    As i said, original BM could. The operational ones cannot.

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    Aren't Interceptors suppose to be in air defence forces, rather than air force?

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    Quote Originally Posted by _GDS_ View Post
    Aren't Interceptors suppose to be in air defence forces, rather than air force?
    In times of USSR they were in IA PVO or fighter aviation of air defense force. But later in Russia air defense force was transfered inside RuAF. Maybe with creation of VKO (air and space defense) as independent military branch they could be again part of VKO/air defense. In my opinion Mig-31BM, Su-35 and PAK FA could be the core of VKO aviation.

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    Extremely rare russian grenade Launcher, Baryshev AGR


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    Recent photos of Russian Naval vessels

    By Petros Psarras, Andrey Russkih and Savitskiy Igor























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    I've decided to close all debts before the NY. So there is the report from my recent trip to ODON training range with photos of Ural Federal and Vityaz operators.
    Armored Ural Federal from this report is the early version of Federal armored vehicles family and previously was know as Zvezda-V armored truck. Now all the vehicles from that family are called Federal.
    As I wrote before, the officers from 604th Special Purpose Center (former Vityaz and Rus' special units) had a short training of building assault at the training range and it helped me to take some action photos of Ural Federal with special unit operators.


    Full report: http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/486






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    The first assault group is moving to the building


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    According to the plan the first assault group is storming the second floor from the top of Ural


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    Climbing up to the balcony


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    All groups are on the positions


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    Machine gunner with PKP Pecheneg covers the group


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    The assault is over, operators are returning to the initial position


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    Some nice portraits of the operators


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    Ural Federal, previously known as Zvezda-V. Not in production now


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    New version Ural-42591 Federal


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    BTR-80


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    can anyone translate the above vids

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    Happy New Year!


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