Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 Flogger

air combat fighter
Max Speed
not disclosed but of a lower standard than that of the MiG-23ML
Max Range
not disclosed but of a lower standard than that of the MiG-23ML
span 13.965 m / 45 ft 10 in length 16.71 m / 54 ft 10 in height 4.82 m / 15 ft 9.75 in
not disclosed
one 10000-kg (22,046-lb) afterburning thrust Tumanskii R-27F2M-300 turbojet
one 23-mm GSh-23L two-barrel cannon with 200 rounds; provision for up to 3000 kg (6,614 Ib) of disposable stores, including AAMs, cannon pods, rocket-launcherpods, large-calibre rockets, and bombs, carried on six external hardpoints
Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cuba, Ethiopia, Czech Republic, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Libya, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen
Aircraft Overview:

An adept interceptor with fighter capabilities a level above those featured in the MiG-21 preceding it, especially range, the MiG-23 was nicknamed the "Flogger" by NATO for it could easily engage (and down) the best fighters the west had to offer. Like many Soviet fighters, it was developed in a multitude of variants, some of which still serve today. MiG-23s also belong to the elite club of aircraft that have seen continuous combat, and "Floggers" have preyed on MiG-21s, Mirage F1s, Northrop F-5s, F-4 Phantoms, and even several of Iran's fabled F-14 Tomcats (Floggers saw much less success against American F-14s) in the middle eastern theatre. The one time muscle of the entire Soviet Air Defence (SAD) command, the MiG-23 is slowly being phased out of service but still remains in service with many air forces lacking the funds for modern fighters. Several upgrade programmes were offered to remedy this and certain countries may keep their examples in service up until 2015.

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