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Air combat at an altitude of 20K meters was carried out by MiG-31BM fighters

MOSCOW, (BM) – Fighter pilots of a separate mixed aviation regiment performed tasks in Kamchatka to intercept the violator of Russian airspace, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Interfax.

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“The upgraded MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors were involved in the air battle,” Interfax said.

The MiG-31 is a long-range supersonic fighter-interceptor designed for long-term patrolling and combating high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, strategic bombers and low-flying targets. The aircraft is capable of simultaneously hitting six and tracking up to 10 air targets.

The Russian Armed Forces receive the upgraded MiG-31BM. As Interfax reported, this aircraft in the MiG-31K modification became the first aircraft carrier of hypersonic weapons – the Dagger missile system.

The interception of the mock enemy was carried out at “heights close to the maximum”, informs the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet.

According to him, this training has become a stage of “improving the piloting skills of the crews, which are necessary for carrying out combat duty for air defense.”

The MiG-31BM also played the role of an air border violator. “Its crew was tasked with supersonic speed, at an altitude of more than 20 kilometers, to penetrate Russian airspace, to pass the established line, and in case of detection, to evade pursuit,” the press release said.

“Another high-altitude fighter-interceptor MiG-31BM was raised to intercept the target, which performed an independent search for the enemy. After the target was captured, the pilots fired long-range air-to-air missiles at it” says the message.

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According to the United States, the Russian MiG-31 could become a satellite killer

Russia is working on a new type of anti-satellite weapons, The National Interest (NI) magazine wrote in May this year.

The weapon “includes tiny satellites equipped with weapons, a small accelerating engine and an MiG-31 interceptor, which acts as the first stage of the entire system,” an article published by NI says.

The National Interest refers to Bart Hendrix, whom the online publication The Space Review called “a longtime observer of the Russian space program.”

Hendricks believes that the anti-satellite system is being created “as part of the Petrel project, and Russia has abandoned explosives and the warhead of the strike, choosing instead “predatory microsatellites that maneuver towards their targets in low Earth orbit and disable them”.

National Interest calls “Hendrix’s evidence highly compelling.”

In particular, it is indicated on the photo of 2018. In the picture – “MiG-31BM with a large black rocket suspended under the fuselage.” The photo was taken while observing “the activities of the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky near Moscow.” The rocket, as stated in the article, seems “too large” for the air-to-air or air-to-surface class, but the size is suitable “for anti-satellite weapons.”

Hendricks, citing open sources, claims that the project “has began September 1, 2011.”

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According to the publication, “the most convincing fact is that since 2013 Russia has been conducting orbital tests of the so-called inspection satellites.” According to the National Interest, they “can maneuver next to other spacecraft supposedly in order to check for damage.” The publication believes that they “without major modifications can be used as weapons.”

Hendricks believes that “an analysis of publicly available online Russian sources leaves little doubt that the MiG-31BM and the rocket are part of a broader anti-satellite project.”

Recall, the U.S. Air Force space command said that Russia allegedly conducts tests of a direct interception anti-satellite missile.

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