posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 09:02 AM
Hey wow! An F-15 with Russian decals! (oh wait...)
you obviously have no appreciation of what an awesome craft the mig-31 is. I believe the F-15 was developed to counter the mig-25 anyway, which was
developed to counter the xb-70.
anyway let's have a look :
"The most capable Russian air defense interceptor aircraft, the FOXHOUND has a multiple-target engagement capability and was the first Soviet fighter
to have a true look-down, shoot-down capability. The key to the MiG-31's effectiveness is the SBI-16 Zaslon fixed phased array antenna radar,
codenamed 'Flash Dance' by NATO, which is said to be the world's most powerful fighter radar. The new Soloviev D-30F6 engine was specified for the
MiG-31 in order to improve range, the key performance parameter for which an improvement over the MiG-25 was demanded. By 1987 over 150 FOXHOUNDs were
operationally deployed at several locations from the Arkhangelsk area in the northwestern USSR to the Soviet Far East. The FOXHOUND is dedicated to
the homeland air defense mission. The FOXHOUND carries the long-range AA-9 air-to-air missiles, and can engage 4 different targets simuitaneouly with
Maximum speed: Mach 2.83
Maximum Range: 1,250 km
Service ceiling: 20,700 m
Rate of climb: 8 min 54 sec to 20,000 m
Ceiling 24400 meters
"The N007 Zaslon radar was the first electronically scanned phased array radar to enter service in the world. It could scan 200 km forward and track
10 targets simultanieously. This radar could also track and engage target flying behind and below the aircraft. The Zaslon antenna is of the fixed
type, instead of being mechanically directed the radar beam is moved electronically. This allows the full fuselage diameter to be used for the
antenna, a considerable advantage since antenna diameter and effective operating range are directly related. Electronic steering of the radar beam is
faster than can be performed mechanically, and it is also more accurate. All signal processing is digital.
The radar ensures simultaneous search and attack of several targets using long-range missiles and makes possible to interact within a group. The
MiG-31 interceptor fighter can intercept air targets in VFR and IFR weather conditions, day and night and in continuous and discontinuous field of
control and guidance commands (solo and in group), of regardless target defensive maneuvers and ECM. "
She is a very beautiful and potent aircraft. Please show the respect she deserves.