13 Aug 2018 09:43

Pacific Fleet's Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptors cover over 4,000 km in non-stop flight to Arctic

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. Aug 13 (Interfax) - Pilots of the Pacific Fleet's combined marine aviation regiment stationed in Kamchatka have performed a non-stop flight to the Arctic, the fleet press service said on Monday.

"A group of Mikoyan MiG-31 high-altitude interceptor aircraft took off from the Yelizovo airfield in the Kamchatka Territory. The MiG-31 jets covered a distance of over 1,600 kilometers in the north before they were fueled in mid-air by an Ilyushin Il-78 tanker plane above Anadyr. The jets continued their flight to the coast of the Chukchi Sea and flew around Cape Schmidt," the press service said.

The planes were fueled in mid-air again on their way back and successfully landed at the Yelizovo base in Kamchatka.

"The non-stop flight of MiG-31 interceptors was more than 4,000 kilometers and five hours long," the press service said.

It was the second non-stop flight of interceptors stationed in Kamchatka to the Arctic this year.