The MiG-31 marked a major increase in Russian fighter capability. The authors have captured the history and significance of the aircraft – recommended.
NAME: Flight Craft, Mikoyan MiG-31 Interceptor
AUTHOR: Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Kommissarov
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: MiG, Mikoyan, missile carrier, interceptor, model making, model engineering, plastic model kits, markings, aircraft history
DESCRIPTION: The MiG-31 marked a major increase in Russian fighter capability. The authors have captured the history and significance of the aircraft – recommended.
The Soviet Union has always faced the threat of a nuclear attack by US bombers since 1946. Initially the US aircraft were similar to the aircraft that dropped the first atom bombs on Japan. Then progressively the US bomber force changed to jet power and, to this day, is an important element in any future conflict with Russia. This in turn meant that the Russians needed interceptors that could counter the threat and defend Russian cities.
Before the MiG-31, the Russians had few interceptors available that were not limited point defence interceptors. Missiles had been added over a period, as they had for NATO interceptors, but essentially they were gun-armed aircraft with limited range. To meet the increasing threats from new US bombers, a missile carrier was urgently required, to carry the new long range AAMs, with a radar system to match the full capabilities of the missiles. This aircraft would require high power radar and long range, with the ability of speed to place it where it was needed. This aircraft requirement was met by the MiG-31 and marked an important stage in the development of Russian air power.
This is a large aircraft that makes an impressive model at 1:48 scale and most kits were produced in smaller sizes, 1:72 and 1.144. The potentially available kits are reviewed and there is the usual fine illustration with drawings and photographs of the aircraft and of the scale models. The model makers are well provided for by the authors, but this is also a book that provides solid information on the aircraft and a selection of images that provide even more information at a very affordable price.