A Russian MiG-31 Foxhound Shot Down Its Wingman During A Live Fire Exercise

A Russian Air Force MiG-31 in flight over Russia

Warzone/The Drive: Russian MiG-31 Foxhound Shot Down Its Wingman During Disastrous Live Fire Exercise

The incident raises concerns about Russian training procedures, as well as the capabilities of the MiG-31's radar and other key systems.

A new report, citing a leaked Russian government document, says that a crash of MiG-31 Foxhound in Siberia almost two years ago was actually the result of a friendly fire incident during a botched training exercise. In addition, the summary of the mishap suggests that there could be dangerous problems with the aircraft’s Zaslon-AM radar and Baget-55 fire control system that might increase the risk of more accidental shootdowns occurring in the future.

Baza, a relatively new Russian independent online investigative news outlet, revealed the new information on Apr. 23, 2019. The incident in question had occurred on Apr. 26, 2017, over the Telemba proving ground in Buryatia, a semi-autonomous republic within Russia that borders Mongolia. At the time, the Kremlin said that the plane had been on a training exercise, but offered no additional details about the mishap. Both of the Foxhound’s crew survived the incident.

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