Knowing that the US Air Force had named North American Aviation as prime contractor to develop the B-70 strategic bomber, with Mach 3 capability, the Soviet Union planned an advanced interceptor that could offset this threat. This led to the.design and development of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 later allocated the NATO reporting name 'Foxbat', but when news came that the North American B-70 programme had been cancelled, emphasis of MiG-25 development was shifted to high-speed reconnaissance rather than interception. The first initimation'in the West that this aircraft, identified by the MiG design bureau as the Ye-266, had flown came in April 1965 with a Soviet claim that the aircraft had established a new speed record in a 1000km closed circuit. Since that time, further records have been set by the Ye-266 and developed Ye-266M, the latter holding the current absolute world altitude record of 37650m. A cantilever high-wing monoplane with swept leading edges, a slender fuselage blended into the engine air inlets, twin outward-canted vertical tail surfaces and all-moving horizontal tail surfaces, the MiG-25 is constructed primarily of steel, with titanium used for the leading edges of wing and tail unit to maintain structural integrity despite the high temperatures resulting from kinetic heating.
The reconnaissance capability of the MiG-25 first became apparent in early 1971, when four were deployed by VVS units operating in Egypt. Used for the reconnaissance of Israeli operations during 1971-72, they proved to be completely immune from interception by Israeli air force McDonnell Douglas Phantoms. Since that time MiG-25s have become more extensively used by the VVS, and versions have been exported also to Algeria, India, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Production terminated in 1984 in favour of the MiG-31.
| ENGINE||2 x Tumanski R-31, 123.0kN|
| Take-off weight||35000 kg||77162 lb|
| Empty weight||20000 kg||44093 lb|
| Wingspan||15.0 m||49 ft 3 in|
| Length||25.0 m||82 ft 0 in|
| Height||6.0 m||20 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||56.8 m2||611.39 sq ft|
| Max. speed||3000 km/h||1864 mph|
| Ceiling||37000 m||121400 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||2575 km||1600 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||1260 km||783 miles|
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|Dalhats Laudzafata Avicena, 16.09.2013|
In late 1960 viktor balenko is defected to us via japan an he unveil the mig 25 design and believe it or not ,the mig 25 is developed to F-15 so we can see both of the aircraft is smiliar,but F-15 is upgrade avionics and stealthier but only low observable.
Love the plane! And yes it's quick, but don't these units have trouble with over-reving at speeds over Mach 2.5?
Apparently the engine operates like a "Ram-Jet" like the
one that the Israelis clocked at Mach 3.23 in 73". That plane landed and the engines were burned up and replaced from reports of the incident. Any more comments,
knowledge,and corrections are welcome! I can hardley believe that you can buy one as previous comments have indicated!......
@Peter John, Ahmet Alegoz: I know. This thing was & still is quite an achievement. Cold War-era Soviet (and American) hardware fascinate me.
I do not if you remember that movie with Clint Eastwood called "firefox" or "foxbat" for the real plane althought in the movie was more futurist.Hollywood play his game, crying the american because they do not have that type a machine.
The financial impact of Belenko's flight to Japan
was enormous. The Soviet Ministry of Defense abonded the construction of two aircraft carriers in favor of fully replacing the system of IFF, (target-identification)
on all Soviet aircraft,ships and missile systems.
Soviets spent over 22 billion dollars to that end.
|Bob Lawler, 12.04.2010|
The MIG-25 that landed in Japan did not have an emergency. That was Victor Belenko defecting. His aircraft was extensively examined before being turned back over to the Soviets. The incident did not almost start WW III. Belenko was a very valuable source of intel for the U.S.
I am able to offer demilitarized MiG-25s for sale to civil buyers. Contact me for more information.
|Jacob Lee, 05.03.2010|
How much do you want for it?
This plane was supposed to counter all the overflights we were having fun doing over Russia with the SR-71 Black Bird recon bird. I heard the same story from many of our pilots of those birds that no MIG-25 driver got anywhere even close to sniff the exhaust of one, let alone pose any threat to them. QED
So much for the superior Russkie technology theory. We won, they lost, now they're having a fire sale on them and everything else they built that could fly.
I can supply Russian demilitarized Mig-25 for sale to civil buyers. Contact me for more information.
|Nikos J. Farsaris, 08.01.2009|
"The MiG-25 was capable of high performance, including a maximum speed of Mach 3.2 and a ceiling of 90,000 ft (27,000 m), although on Aug. 31, 1977, an E-266M, a specially modified MiG-25R, flown by MiG OKB Chief Test Pilot Alexander Fedotov, set the recognized absolute altitude record for a jet aircraft under its own power, reaching 123,523.62 ft (37,650 m) at Podmoskovnoye, USSR in a brief zoom climb."
Fedotov's record is still holding. No surface-based craft has ever got higher on its own power.
3.2 Mach X 1063Km/(hr Mach) = 3400 Km/hr The unarmed dash speed of the reconnasaice models. (Verified by Jewish radars at '73 crisis)...
The interceptor models could fly as fast as 2.8 Mach (~3000 Km/hr) service ceiling being 27000 Km armed with 4 R-40R/T missiles - 2400Kgrs load on wings. Weapon system was one of the heaviest fitted to an interceptor ever (Mig-31 only out performs it and F-14 was a rougly equivallent.)
Now only a few samples fly as laboratory examples or ... cosmonaut trainers (Mig-25-U with a student cocpit in place of radar) Nowadays Mig-31 is the "new Mig-25" with its performance and much more sophisticated weaponry.
|Ahmet Alegoz, 07.01.2009|
37.000 meters ceiling?!!! I can't believe this! It's unbelieveble! I love you Mig-25...
|Mario Salvador Junior, 03.12.2008|
This plane is superb! I remember when one Mig-25 had to do an emergency landing on the Japanese base of Hakkodate in the 80's. It almost started the third world war. Now that the cold war is over,if you have enough cash,you can fly on a Mig-25.
There´s a scary image of a MiG-25 in the Earth stratosphere.
|Peter John, 25.09.2007|
I love the MIG 25 PU, i wished, i could take a flight with this uniqe Plane, she looks good and she´s fast!!!!!!
But i have not the Money,to fly with this Wonerfull Plane.
Who can send me Photos of the MIG 25 PU?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?