Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-23
1967
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Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-23

One of the most important tactical war-planes of the Soviet Union, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name 'Flogger') was first flown in prototype form during 1966, entering service for evaluation some four years later. This air comabt fighter, and its ground-attack MiG-27 derivative, was in large-scale production between 1969 and 1984.

Designed to provide Frontal Aviation with a tactical fighter offering secondary ground-attack capability, and capable of meeting contemporary Western fighters on more than equal terms, the MiG-23 was designed around the primary aim of an aircraft that could operate effectively without being tied to massive concrete runways. The Mikoyan bureau is known to have adopted two approaches to this requirement: first was the Ye-23 (or Ye-230) prototype, which was of tailed-delta configuration and incorporated high-lift .devices to give STOL capability, powered by a single turbofan engine supplemented by a battery of Kolesov lift-jets amidships for VTOL operations; the alternative prototype was the Ye-231, which deleted the lift-jets and replaced the delta wing by a variable-geometry wing very similar to that of the General Dynamics F-111. The prototypes were evaluated during 1966-67, with a decision to develop the swing-wing Ye-231 finalised probably during 1968, resulting in the pre-production MiG-23S 'Flogger-A' which, powered by a Tumansky R-27 turbojet with an afterburning thrust of 10200kg, first entered service for operational evaluation in 1970-71. At about this time it must have been decided to optmise the MiG-23 as an air-combat fighter, and to develop a dedicated ground-attack parallel version, which was allocated the designation MiG-27. In consequence, aerodynamic changes were made to the MiG-23, the fuselage structure being lightened and more advanced avionics being introduced by the time the initial MiG-23M version entered service in 1973. More or less simultaneously the dedicated attack variant was developed and, while having much in common with the MiG-23, this was sufficiently different to warrant the allocation of the separate designation MiG-27. This differs primarily by having a completely redesigned forward fuselage, providing a betterfield of viewforthe pilot, increased armour protection, terrain-avoidance radar and provision to deploy a wide variety of air-to-surface weapons. There appear to be only two versions of the MiG-27, differing in the shape of the nose, avionics and aerodynamics, and these have the NATO reporting names 'Fiogger-D' and 'Flogger-J'

Both the MiG-23 and MiG-27 are in large-scale use with the former Soviet air force, an estimated 3,000 reported being operational. They served with the Warsaw Pact air forces, and were exported to t'he air arms of Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Poland, South Yemen, Syria and Vietnam. The MiG-23M/K 'Flogger J' is also currently in production in India.

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-23


Specification 
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x R-29B, 120.2kN
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight18000 kg39683 lb
    Empty weight11000 kg24251 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.2-14.3 m27 ft 11 in - 47 ft 11 in
    Length16.8 m55 ft 1 in
    Height5.5 m18 ft 1 in
    Wing area27.3 m2293.85 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed2500 km/h1553 mph
    Ceiling18600 m61000 ft
    Range w/max.fuel3000 km1864 miles
    Range w/max.payload960 km597 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 23mm cannon, 2000kg of weapons

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-23

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Markos, 28.09.2016

This plane regularly makes the top 10 worst fighter list on most websites.

Ray Robert, 12.12.2014

Brad Daft, an appropriate last name.

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Byron Bailey, 23.07.2012

Love the Mig 23. I flew Mirage in ACTs against F4s. The Mig would wax the F4 eay

Brad Daft, 08.04.2011

It has been said that President Nixon was going to use the B-52 to prop up South Vietnam's government at least until the end of his second term,then his successor would have to deal with Vietnam.Thats how powerful a weapon it is,the Mig-23 Flogger's primary mission was to stop this goliath from invading Soviet air space and dropping hydrogen bombs on Soviet targets.The Mig-23 Flogger was the greatest!

Brad Daft, 08.04.2011

The Mig-23's mission was to intercept American B-52 bombers and shoot them out of the sky.That is why the Soviet Union built and deployed so many interceptors far more than America,becouse of the big guy,the B-52.The B-52 could have actually altered the course of a country's history,Vietnam.During the Vietnam war President Nixon used the B-52 to pulverize Hanoi to the bargaining table.It worked,but Nixon was left powerless by Watergate.

Brad Daft, 25.02.2011

Outrage!Biased western propaganda is all it is!Im talking about the new book T-62 vs M-60,i just got it.If your going to lie at least put some effort into it!It says in the book that the m-60 destroyed hundreds of T-62s while only one T-62 destroyed one m-60!Yeah right!The T-62 ruled the battlefield in 1973!

Brad Daft, 23.02.2011

The Soviet T-62 is my favorite tank,it's greatest hour was in the 1973 Yom Kippur war,it was a fine compliment to the Mig-23

David Earl, 14.02.2011

I'll keep saying this, if the Nazis were able to continue their plane experiments, the Messerschmitt 162 would have evolved to something far better than this. Not that this isn't a bad plane at any rate.

Brad Daft, 30.01.2011

The Mig-23 Flogger is the greatest interceptor ever period.

Brad Daft, 08.12.2010

Interesting,the F4 Phantom vs the Mig-23,id love to see whod win that one!

Frank, 04.12.2010

I use to track M-23 from U-2 recon photos in vietnam, we
usually knew where they were near the end of the war and we could never get them to come up and fight.

Brad Daft, 13.08.2010

The Soviets would have won World War 3,with missiles like the SS-16 Sinner and SS-18 Satan they could have destroyed the American Minuteman 3 silos,

Brad Daft, 21.07.2010

No the Mig-23 was a superb interceptor and luckily for the Israelies in 1981 didn't challenge them over Iraq when they bombed Hussien's nuclear reactor.President Carter warned us about nuclear proliferation,reagan the dumby did nothing about it.reagan was so stupid,he wasted billions of dollars on the military when it was already strong.President Carter made our military tough there was no reason for pouring billions of dollars into it but dumby did it anyway.

Brad Daft, 21.07.2010

Nah im kidding i love the Mig-23,I read where the Soviets invested 30 percent in submarines and the rst in land based ICBMS,i would have invested 100 percent in submarines.Becouse submarines are stealthy & very difficult to track where land based ICBMS are stationary.Imagine if the Soviets had invested 100 percent in submarines,the world's oceans would have been infested with them and America would have had a hell of a time keeping track of all of these submarines with their nuclear missiles capable of wiping out everyone of our cities.Submarines are very effective weapons.

Brad Daft, 14.07.2010

The American Vietnam era jets was the greatest,the F-4 the F-8 Crusader,and the THUD the F-105 Thunderchief.These great jets ruled the skies over Vietnam and would have over the Soviet Union.

Brad Daft, 14.07.2010

Nay im just jerking you around my favorite aircraft is the F-4 Phantom 2.I just wrote all that stuff well i don't really know why i did.But the Phantom is my favorite military aircraft of the post war world.The F4E is better than the Mig-23.The F-4 Phantom 2 was a great aircraft.

Brad Daft, 13.07.2010

The Mig-23 would have played a crucial role in any world war.Like the Panzers 1 and 2 in World War 2 did.These blistering fast highly manueverable tanks conqurered Poland France & the low countries.These two bozos who wrote the book Panzerkrieg said the Panzer 3 and 4 was the conquerers.No this is wrong,the 3 and 4 were to few in number to make a signifigant impact on the early blitzkriegs.The Panzer 1 & 2 were the backbone of the early German blitzkriegs,they tore apart Europe's predominantly infantry armies.

Brad Daft, 12.07.2010

The mighty Flogger is the greatest!

Brad Daft, 11.07.2010

Remember that for a long time Soviet clients only had two warplanes to fight with,the Mig-21 a dedicated dogfighter and a superb one although it was getting on in years,and the Mig-23 which was of course a interceptor,not a dogfighter.The Mig-17,Mig-19 was subsonic so they don't really count when you compare them with supersonic hightech western aircraft,although the Mig-17 did give American pilots a rough time over Vietnam.Remember that America had the F-4 Phantom 2,the F-15,F-16 and F-14.This while Soviet clients really only had two viable contenders the Mig-21 and Mig-23 and one was a interceptor!!!The Mig-29 Fulcrum and Sukoi 27 did not come along until much later and they were more like western hightech types than Soviet rough and tumble types anyway.

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