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    Aleksandrit class minesweeper (Project 12700) the new Russian minesweeper class which is being constructed for the Russian navy. The first ship was laid down on September 22, 2011. A total of 4 ships are planned to be constructed. The ships hull is made of monolithic fiberglass and shaped by vacuum infusion which gives it advantage in minesweeping. Acourding to the shipyard's representatives the first ship's hull was shaped within 1.5 days, making it a world record.

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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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