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A MiG-31 seen just after take-off. A product of the Mikoyan-Guryevich design bureau, the MiG-31 (NATO reporting name 'Foxhound') is an interceptor fighter developed from the MiG-25 'Foxbat'. It is powered by two Soloviev D30 afterburning turbofan jet engines and can reach speeds of Mach 2.83 (3000 km/h) and a ceiling of 20,600 metres. It is armed with a 23mm cannon and eight hardpoints that can carry missiles and fuel tanks. The MiG-31 first flew in 1975, entered service in 1981 and about 400 have been built. The MiG-31 is operated by the Russian and Kazakhstan Air Forces. Photographed in 2007.
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