MOSCOW, ($1=75.56 Russian Rubles) – A press release from the Russian company Sokol shows that tests of the MiG-31 supersonic interceptor to work with remote control are currently underway, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The tests were also confirmed by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko during a visit to the plant on November 25th.
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Air Recognition reports that during a visit to the Sokol plant’s production facilities, the deputy winemaker learned in detail about the tests and inspected the plant’s production facilities, and work on upgrading the Russian MiG-31 supersonic interceptor.
Engineers and software specialists at the Russian plant have assured the Russian deputy minister that the MiG-31 can be upgraded via the fly-by-wire system by updating the aircraft’s computer software and upgrading with additional computer equipment.
The remote control is an option that continues to be tested at the factory, but this is not the only upgrade of the aircraft. Sokol’s management announced that the efficiency of the aircraft will be increased up to three times by upgrading the onboard equipment, replacing the corroded sections, as well as replacing all cables and rubber particles. After these innovations, the supersonic interceptor MiG-31 will move to the level of MiG-31BM.
Sokol’s management assures that the modernization that is being carried out at the moment of the MiG-31 will ensure the reliability and trouble-free operation of the pilots and ground air control. However, the company says that in addition to software and hardware, the MiG-31 will receive new versions of air weapons, which have been developed in Russia in recent years and are already being used in other fighter jets of the Russian Air Force.
However, the management of the Russian company refuses to name a deadline for the completion of the “fly-by-wire” tests and when this type of remote-controlled aircraft will be officially presented to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
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