MiG-31 Foxhound

Spill tipped me that Russia has delivered 6 MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors to Syria. The Foxhound is a capable long range high altitude air defense platform. But it’s a lousy dogfighter.  It was intended to counter US B-52s and B-1s. How it fits into Syria’s air defense plans is a bit of a mystery to me.

Russia sends six fighter jets to Syrian administration

Speaking of the Foxhound, a Russian photographer decided it would be a good idea to slap half a dozen or so G0Pro cameras on one, and take it for a spin.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvP0VsmWCAk?feature=player_embedded]

That’s a relatively low altitude, low speed flight. One wonders just how high you could get a GoPro before the extremely cold outside air temperature killed the batteries or otherwise shut down the camera.

4 thoughts on “MiG-31 Foxhound”

  1. Completely stumped.
    I just cant think of anything, beyond maybe Russia just wanted rid of them.

    1. Haven’t you heard? ISIS wasn’t satisfied with all the HMMWV’s and such that we gave them, so Obama is going to give them some B52’s and B1’s.

  2. Here’s an off-the-wall thought: assuming that the MiG-31s that Syria is receiving have a decent look-down/shoot-down radar system (maybe not Russian state-of-the art, but decent), perhaps the Syrians intend to use them as a poor country’s AWACS. ISTR the post-revolution Iranian air forces using their F-14 Tomcats that way.

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