The MiG-31 was designed by the the Mikoyan design bureau as a MiG-25 replacement. It shared with its forebear the astonishing performances plus a vastly improved detection and weaponry systems. MiG-31’s production ended long ago (1994), but its services are well-valued by the Russian AF. While waiting for its future replacement -whose development has just began- its capacities have been keep up to date with various upgrades.
The bare bone carcass of the MiG-31 being refurbished/upgraded at its birthplace, the Sokol plant, Nizhny Novgorod. …under cosmonaut’s peering eyes.
Photo: Marina Lystseva.