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Russia Deploys New Interceptors to Novosibirsk

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A new group of Mikoyan MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptor aircraft has been deployed in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region to protect industrial installations there, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

MOSCOW, April 4 (RIA Novosti) - A new group of Mikoyan MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptor aircraft has been deployed in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region to protect industrial installations there, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The deployment is part of a program to reinforce the air unit responsible for the safety of Siberian airspace, the ministry said in a statement.

Previously, the airspace over Novosibirsk was guarded by a unit of fighters based in the city of Omsk, but that was disbanded in 1998.

The MiG-31BM interceptor is a recently introduced upgraded version of the MiG-31, equipped with a new fire-control system, extending the aircraft's target detection range up to 320 kilometers and engagement range up to 280 kilometers.

 

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