The video shows the MiG-31 fighter aircraft’s aerial patrol work with the older yet powerful long-range R-33 missiles.

Vídeo mostra o trabalhao patrulhamento aéreo do caça MiG-31 com antigos, mas poderosos, míssieis de longo alcance R-33. Foto e vídeo: Reprodução Telegram t.me/mod_russia

A video published by the Russian Ministry of Defense shows the aerial patrolling work of the MiG-31 fighter jets in the Ukrainian region of Kherson, invaded by Russia in 2022.

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However, in the footage, the fighter jet can be seen armed with long-range R-33 missiles developed by , in the 1980s.
According to the video: “Our sky: the crews of the MiG-31 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces perform aerial patrolling tasks towards Kherson.”

The flight teams carry out combat missions, providing cover for troops and objects against air attacks and enemy aerial reconnaissance. Upon detecting aerial targets, the crews of the Russian Aerospace Forces conduct guidance and missile launch to destroy the enemy.

Vympel R-33

Vídeo mostra o trabalhao patrulhamento aéreo do caça MiG-31 com antigos, mas poderosos, míssieis de longo alcance R-33. Foto e vídeo: Reprodução Telegram t.me/mod_russia
Vympel R-33 (in Russian: Вымпел Р-33, NATO designation: AA-9 Amos) is a long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union. It is the primary armament of the interceptor MiG-31, designed to counter large and high-speed targets such as SR-71, B-1 Lancer, and B-52.

Similar to the retired AIM-54 Phoenix of the US Navy, it is a large and heavy missile with long range and significant destructive capability, featuring a guidance system that utilizes a combination of semi-active radar and inertial systems.

The long-range Zaslon radar on the MiG-31 escort fighter allows simultaneous guidance of 4 Vympel R-33 missiles to different enemy targets at once, they are carried on reinforced load points under the central fuselage of the aircraft.

Photo and video: Reproduction Telegram t.me/mod_russia

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