The Russian Air Force hopes to develop and field areplacement for its venerable Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors by 2020,Russian media outlet Ria Novosti reports. If all goes according to plan, theMiG-31 would then be retired by 2028.
“We have started development of a new aircraft of this typeand I think we can develop this plane before the state armament program ends in2020,” says Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, commander of the Russian Air Force. “Thenew plane should replace the existing fleet by 2028,” he adds.
According to Ria Novosti, Bondarev argues against restartingproduction of the Foxhound and says that Russia needs a new clean sheet design.Russia continues to modernize its MiG-31 fleet to the new BM standard. Sixty jetsare expected to be upgraded by 2020.
Russia currently has over 122 MiG-31s in its inventory.