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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

World’s fastest interceptors perform unique nonstop night flight across Russia

A squadron of Russia’s MiG-31BM high-altitude interceptor fighter jets have conducted an unprecedented long-range night flight, performing multiple in-flight refueling and downing supersonic targets with live air-to-air missiles.

Several newly-modernized MiG-31BM jets left their ‘Domna’ base aerodrome in the Transbaikal Region near the city of Chita, some 200km from the Chinese border and covered over 4,000km across Russia, finishing their trip at the Sokol airfield near the city of Perm, Urals Region, Russia’s Defense Ministry says in a press release.

At a certain stage of the mission pilots learnt of the presence of supersonic targets within their range. They received the information from Beriev A-50 early warning flying radar and control aircraft.

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