Yesterday we had a look at the “blended wing body” Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber. This morning, here’s a Russian Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor training with an Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft. They’re flying over the Kamchatka Peninsula, which has some spectacular scenery.
Sadly for Russia, her Air Force is reliant on far too many old designs. The Il-38 first flew in the 1960’s, and the MiG-31 in the 1970’s. Their systems have been modernized since then, but their basic design is well and truly outdated. Russia currently can’t afford to replace them, either. (That’s no grounds to sneer, of course: the USAF has the same problem. In 2015, the average age of the USAF aircraft fleet was 26 years. Things haven’t improved much since then, if at all, AFAIK.)