Russia has moved Mig-31 interceptors close to Ukrainian border

Nov 19 2014 - 18 Comments

Russian build-up along the Ukrainian border continues.

According to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Russian Federation is continuing to amass forces at the border, including radar stations and Mig-31 Foxhound combat planes, interceptors capable of a maximum speed of Mach 2.83.

An unspecified amount of Mig-31s based at Perm have been deployed to Millerovo airfield, in the Rostov region, close to the border with Ukraine, a sign that Moscow may be preparing to actively control the airspace over Luhansk Oblast.

The MiG-31 is a two-seater derivative of the MiG-25 in service since 1983. Designed to face U.S. supersonic strategic bombers flying at low altitude (B-1B bomber), the MiG-31 has quite good low-level capabilities and features a radar with look-down-shoot-down capability. Equipped with a HUD (Head-Up Display), the Foxhound is older and less maneuverable than Mig-29 and Su-27, but it is still an amazing interceptor, with a top speed of Mach 2.83 and an operational range of 1,450 km.

Although the production of the Mig-31 ended in the early 1990s, the Foxhound interceptor is being upgraded to extend its operative life up to the 2028 – 2030, until a replacement will be available.

In the meanwhile, the Russian Air Force has plans to base the aircraft at Tiksi airfield, located on Russia’s Arctic Ocean coast.

According to Ukrainian Government, along with Migs and radars, Russian tanks have been reported crossing the border, whereas hundred pieces of military equipment have been deployed by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine.

Image credit: Dmitriy Pichugin/Wikipedia


  • Roland Lawrence

    Have to say quite surprised that with 100,000 troops on the Russian border the US has not upped its surveillance assets in the area – the only news we get are from the Ukrainian government. NATO is being totally let down here. If they had satellites in the area we could know for sure what happened to MH17 and also these Russian invasion claims could be backed up by hard evidence either way.

    Back to planes though – I heard the Mig 31 is limited to M2.83 because thats what speed the temp gets a little too high for the wings rather then the engines being all out of puff?

    • petrovic dusan

      Yes but Nato can’t do anything without risking a war with Russians, and they are not going to risk it for Ukraine, it is a big question would Nato risk thermonuclear war even if Western Europe was invaded during Soviet Union.I guessthey would risk it only if US mainland was at stake

  • Doom Sternz

    Hundreds of women have been found with bullets in their skulls, most of them have been raped. Prisoners falling into the hands of fascist junta forces are tortured, abused and murdered execution style after suffering beatings and starvation. There is a humanitarian crisis in Novorossiya. There is a moral and ethical crisis in US/Kiev.

    Its no coincidence that the CIA (a terror organisation) is in Kiev, its no coincidence that the Rand corporation have documented the necessary steps to commit genocide in the eastern federations prior to the events.

    Its no coincidence that Victoria Nuland indicated the US had invested $5 billion on a regime change in Ukraine, and its no coincidence that neo Nazi organisations were enlisted to action the ethnic cleansing.

    Washington chose to spearhead Neo-Nazis into positions of authority. Under a “regime of indirect rule”, however, they take their orders on crucial military and foreign policy issues –including the deployment of troops directed against the Russian federation– from the the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO

  • Krincingwesi

    The 1st AESA radar combat plane in service?

    • kusanagi no tsurugi

      PESA radar, not quite the same

      • AngelofPower

        Didn’t they gave it AESA radar later?

  • Ricardo

    looks like a response to the NATO build up around Ukraine

  • Rebel Mel

    Let us see some proof. And not some childish graphic put together by the state department. Ukraine has cried wolf too many times.

  • Rebel Mel

    Asking for proof is too controversial?

  • PubliusDemocritus

    Standard written English mandates that this sentence:
    “An unspecified amount of Mig-31s based…” be changed to:
    “An unspecified number of Mig-31s based…”
    The word “amount” is used to describe things like butter or water, that is not divisible into separate, discreet quantities.

    The word “number” is used to describe items that ARE divisible into discreet entities, such as “bricks,” or “planes.”
    Thank you.

  • GOOD, I hope Russia takes the Ukraine back. The Ukraine has a NAZI Puppet government that is controlled by the United States; and George Soros bragged about funding the revolution there, that has caused thousands of deaths. The NAZI’s there have killed thousands of innocent men women and children also. Since the revolution was started, Vice President Joe Biden put his son Hunter Biden on board on of the largest Ukraine gas producers called “Burisma Holdings” and is now Drilling Shale Gas In East Ukraine. The puppet President of the Ukraine recently said that they where going to make sure every Easter Ukrainian citizen goes without food, shelter, water, education, and that their children suffer and die. This piece of crap is evil and so is his government.

  • Montezuma2011

    If the Russian economy goes south what will Putin do.

    Either he goes, he changes his direction or he lashes out even more, but is he that crazy?

  • Kenneth Felts

    NATO needs to let Ukraine go and Russia need to let Syria go and call it even then the Cold War will be over end of story

  • Alleged Comment

    This is an old clunker aircraft. So you could be right. Just another FF operation.

  • Arizona

    TAKE a good look america,Those russians fighter jets will soon be bombing the hell outy of you,AND your war mongering ways are about to END…….

    • AngelofPower

      the Mig-31 CAN’T BOMB its supposed to STOP bombers from entering Russia

  • PoliPsy

    Nothing out of Kiev can be believed.

  • Tyler

    Kiev has said some weird stuff, like Russia has been using tactical nukes against them? Another one that is weird is the whole MH17 thing. They claim it was shot down by Rebels using a Buk launcher stolen from the Ukrainian Army. They also said it was shot down my a Russian Buk launcher supplied by Russia. And then finally it was shot down by a Russian fighter. sheesh