Thats correct, straight line performance, intercepting bombers, and the last thing it wants to do is turn or get into a dogfight thousands of miles from home. SU-27 family presents a little bit more of a challenge.
Originally Posted By: L_Sludger
To hear the MiG-31 being described as a 'fighter jet' gives me heartburn. It is a high-powered interceptor. It is designed to launch heavy long range, high-speed cruise missiles. It can fly at speeds far faster and at altitudes far higher than any current fighter jet.