Work and personal commitments kept me from posting last week so here’s one a day early:
The Aviationist has an interesting story on the Foxhound “intercepting” the Blackbird:
“The scheme for intercepting the SR-71 was computed down to the last second, and the MiGs had to launch exactly 16 minutes after the initial alert. (…) They alerted us for an intercept at 11.00. They sounded the alarm with a shrill bell and then confirmed it with a loudspeaker. The appearance of an SR-71 was always accompanied by nervousness. Everyone began to talk in frenzied voices, to scurry about, and react to the situation with excessive emotion.”
I’ve heard rumors of Foxhound intercepts of Blackbirds before and given the technology involved in the Foxhound’s Zaslon (it was the world’s first passive electronically scanned array installed on a fighter) I suppose it’s possible. At certain aspects the -71s RCS is large enough to get a decent return for a fire control solution.