Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation MiG-31BM interceptor jets have performed near-space training flights, ONA reports quoting Sputnik.
The MiG-31 is an all-weather long-range supersonic interceptor jet. It is designed to intercept and destroy air targets at extremely low, medium, and high altitudes. Its modernised version, the MiG-3BM, has been fitted with a new weapons control system and a more modern radar.
The footage shows the aircraft's takeoff, ascent, and flight in the stratosphere. The flight was carried out at an altitude of more than 20,000 metres at a speed of 2,500 kilometres per hour. The crew attempted to spot a simulated enemy without involving ground-based air defence systems.
The pilots also performed electronic launches of long-range air-to-air missiles. The MiG-31BM crew carried out six flights to the stratosphere overall.