Military Aircraft of Eastern Europe: (1) Fighters & by Michael Green Greg Stewart

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The airframe of Dnventional design has modern aerodynamic configuration, he production standard is much better than in the former oviet aircraft yet it cannot match the Western standard. The most original design solution of the airframe is the separate air intakes for cruising and take-off. They have been installed for the operation from emergency airfields near the front line. The hydraulic opening or closing of cruising air intakes is automatically controlled by the front wheel when touching the ground.

MiG-31 was often shown in Paris without the nose radome. The inside was covered with thin fabric hiding the smaller details. We don't know whether we are looking at the Zaslon radar or whether the proper antenna is hidden inside. The antenna of Berioza warning device installed on the upper part of air intake. Note the symbol of Mikoyan Design Bureau in front of the intake. Two 660 x 220mm wheels of the forward section of MiG-31 landing gear. Note three landing-taxiing lamps located in the front cover of landing gear.

It can be lowered for passive observation of the air space. It can also be used as the sight for infrared homing missiles. GSh-6-23 six-barrel 23-mm cannon. Rate of fire - 8,000 rounds per minute, MiG-31 carries 260 rounds of ammunition for the cannon. The nacelle at the starboard side of MiG-31 fuselage contains GSh-6-23 cannon. The front cover is opened prior to firing. I iG-31 Foxhound in Paris. The Persian Gulf war stimulated strongly the further development of this aircraft, particularly in respect to the use of cruise missiles.

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