Air-Launched Weapons

Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

23 February 2017

Key Points

  • Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme
  • MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude

Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF squadron commander has told local media.

"A new missile is being developed for this aircraft capable of destroying targets in near-space," VKF squadron commander Yegeny Polyakov, based at Khotilovo (Tver Region), told the Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV.

Asked if this included satellites, he replied ""Satellites, for sure, and other means of aerial attack which might be found there."

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