VKS’s MiG-31K Foxhound blew an engine, and explosion was heard

MINSK, BELARUS — Some Ukrainian Telegram channels spread information about an explosion of MiG-31K in Belarus. At the same time, pro-Belarusian channels says that it was not an explosion, but probably an engine blow.

Russia is testing a remote control of the supersonic MiG-31 interceptor
Photo credit: Mil.ru

On January 19, around 12:00 Minsk time, an explosion was heard in the area of the city of Molodechno. Residents of the area, which is located in the Minsk region, confirm the news. The explosion was heard in the sky. Windows and houses were shaken by the explosion. The impact and its effects were felt not only in the city but also in the suburbs and villages around Molodechno.

According to information from the Belarusian Hajun monitoring group, one engine of the MiG-31K with wing number RF-95194 caught fire and started burning. The aircraft’s tail number indicates that it is in the inventory and composition of the Russian Aerospace Forces, also known as the VKS. A few seconds after the engine goes up in flames, a powerful explosion is heard. Belarusian Hujan says that this is the sound of the engine raging immediately after ignition.

MiG-31K with installed Kinzhal hypersonic missile lands in Kaliningrad
Photo credit: South Front

The pilot was able to control the burning fighter plane. He managed to order ground control to abort the flight and return to Machulishti Airport. This is where the information stops. Whether the pilot was able to return the plane to the airport or something else happened, no one is saying. There is not even information from bloggers, channels on social networks, or official confirmation from Belarus or Russia. There is no information on whether the MiG-31 carried the Kinzhal missile.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the MiG-31K with tail number RF-95194 has not suffered an accident for the first time. At the end of last year, on December 25, the same MiG-31 caught fire while trying to take off from the same airport – Machulishti.

MiG-31 plus Kinzhal

The best configuration since the beginning of the war is the MiG-31 armed with the Kinzhal [Dagger in English] air-to-surface missile. Russia has on several occasions used a similar configuration when carrying out missile strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructures. Most recently, Moscow deployed two Dagger-armed MiG-31s to Belarus. According to Western experts, the MiG-31 could hit any European military base if it took off from Belarus and launched the Kinzhal.

MiG-31K with installed Kinzhal hypersonic missile lands in Kaliningrad
Photo credit: Wikipedia

The MiG-31 [NATO – Foxhound] is an all-season two-seat supersonic fighter interceptor with a long range. It is designed to intercept and destroy air targets at any altitude range, at any time of day, in simple and adverse weather conditions. Without recharging, the aircraft can fly up to 3000 km. Its ceiling is 20.5 km. The average flight duration without recharging is 3.3 hours.

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