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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Russia MiG-31 Fighter's Arctic Navigation System Can Operate In Extreme Weather Without Satellites, Official Says

MiG-31 FoxhoundRussia’s MiG-31 fighter planes active in the Arctic will be outfitted with a new navigation system capable of operating independently of satellite feeds and regardless of low temperatures, a Russian manufacturing official said Tuesday.

The development was announced weeks after Russia held training exercises for its armed forces by land, sea and air as part of Moscow’s bid to expand its military presence in the Arctic.

“This aircraft will be equipped with new navigation means – a strap down inertial navigation system,” Vladimir Mikheyev, an official with Russia’s state-owned Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, told TASS. Russia MiG-31 fighters will also receive a new radar system, he added.

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