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Russian Primorye Air Regiment to Get 3 MiG-31BM Interceptors By Year-End

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Interceptor fighter MiG-31BM - Sputnik International
The Primorye-based Russian Aerospace Forces' regiment is to receive three advanced MiG-31BM fighters, according to Russian Defense Ministry.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A Russian Aerospace Forces' air regiment located in the Far Eastern Primorye Territory will receive three advanced MiG-31BM (NATO reporting name Foxhound) interceptor aircraft by the end of 2015, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

At the moment the Eastern Military District's acceptance commission is completing the inspection of the jets at Nizhny Novgorod-based Sokol aircraft manufacturing plant.

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"The Primorye-based regiment is to receive the fighters once the necessary documents are signed and test flights are completed. The reception of the fighters is scheduled to be completed in mid-December," the ministry's statement reads.

The ministry added that the Eastern Military District's fighter aviation regiment, based at the Centralnaya Uglovaya airfield near Vladivostok, in 2016 will be reequipped with advanced Su-30SM (Flanker) and Russian Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E) multirole fighters.

Russia is currently carrying out a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.

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