Which interceptor can stop SR-71?

Cold war, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm - up to and including for example the A-10, F-15, Mirage 200, MiG-29, and F-18.
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Unread post07 Oct 2019, 20:43

mixelflick wrote:
But back on topic... doesn't appear the Mig-25 could stop the SR-71, or at least extremely unlikely. The Mig-31 is another story, and if the Mig-41 ever materializes that should be a mean machine. Personally, I don't think it'll be built. Way too expensive to get to mach 4/whatever they're theorizing, and probably not necessary if they're as far along in hypersonic weapons as they claim to be..

FWIW, I have spoken to crews and unit Commanders on this. Naturally there were quite circumspect but they said they were originally quite nervous about the -31, at least until they actually encountered it (no details provided). After that, with the systems on the Foxhound in those days, they didn't consider it an unmanageable threat.


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Unread post07 Oct 2019, 20:54

aaam wrote:One thing often overlooked in discussions about the SR-71, over and above its speed and altitude there was its electronic countermeasures suite, the DEF. Because there were so few SRs operating at any given time, it was essentially a custom built system where cost was almost no object. It would have been extremely effective against anything coming against it during its operational career, and I am including the1990s.

Somethings about the SR-71 are still cloaked in secrecy to this day. You never hear much about the SR-71s EW suite but back then it was pretty advanced
Go to time index 56:08 where he talked about getting shot at over the DMZ of the Korean peninsula. He mentions a special feature of the SR-71s EW suite.


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