The Russian-made MiG-31 fighter jet is able to maintain combat effectiveness despite the potential use of active and passive radar jammers and thermal decoys by adversaries. If four MiG-31 jets are united in a group, they are able to control an area of air space across a total length of 800–900 km. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it’s epxected that the MiG-31 will remain in service till 2030.
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The MiGs Return:
It is easy to forget, given that the Russian airgroup at Hmeimim was wholly composed of Sukhoi aircraft, including the Su-24, -25, -27, -30, -34, and -35, that the word MiG has been synonymous with “fighter” for most of the post-World War 2, era. MiG Design Bureau’s dominance started with the famous MiG-15 fighter of the Korean War fame, through MiG-17, -19, and -21 of the Vietnam War, Arab-Israeli Wars, and the India-Pakistan conflicts and ending with the MiG-23 that was the frontline Soviet fighter for most of the 1970s and 1980s and the…
PALMYRA, SYRIA (5:40 P.M.) - Minutes ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that on Tuesday, their Air Force killed 250 Islamic State terrorists and destroyed 15 of their vehicles near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in the Homs Governorate.
"Anti-Daesh fight is going on. Yesterday, the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted airstrikes to the north of Palmyra where a group of Daesh terrorists was preparing offensive on the city," Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, first deputy chief of the General Staff's Main Operational Department, said at a news briefing in the Defense Ministry.
The Islamic State was expected to launch a large-scale offensive at Palmyra in the coming days after they conducted several small attacks near the International Highway over the last two weeks.
Lt. Gen.Poznikhir did not specify which airport the Russian Air Force used to launch this attack; however, several reports last week indicated that Moscow and Tehran are once again negotiating the use of t…