Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger, Mig-27M Flogger and Mikoyan MiG 27M Flogger Russian Fighter

Mig-27M Flogger Soviet Air Force MiG-23UB Bort 01 as it appeared in the mid-1990s when it was assigned to the 929th Flight Test Center, Vladimirovka AB, USSR.

This is a version of the MiG-23 optimized for the ground attack role, with a new nose, simpler engine intakes and nozzle, and other changes. These limit supersonic performance, but reduce cost, weight and fuel consumption. The variable-wing MiG-23 was the most important Soviet fighter type for some 20 years. The Mikoyan-Gurevich design served as an interceptor with a ground attack capability, a fighter-bomber, and a trainer. The MiG-27 Flogger, basically the same design, was the dedicated ground attack version.

Mikoyan MiG 27M Flogger
Mikoyan MiG 27M Flogger Fighter
Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger is design work began in the early 1960s. The single-engine MiG-23, with its swing-wing configuration, clearly borrowed from the US F-111 and F-4. Designed to replace the delta-wing MiG-21, the Flogger (its NATO designation) is deemed to be a Soviet third generation fighter. Its high-mounted wings have a dog tooth design and can be varied in sweep from 16 to 45 to 72 degrees. The wings have leading and trailing edge slats, with upper surface spoilers used in place of ailerons. The lines of the fuselage vary from model to model but are essentially conical except where engine air intakes are located. The complex landing gear is designed to operate from rough fields. Over time, the MiG-23 incorporated successive new generations of radar and missiles.

Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger
The first Soviet MiG-23 jet fighter entered operational service in 1971, while the last were not retired until 1998. The export Flogger engaged in many air battles, scoring some victories and suffering some significant losses. They were found in the inventories of Soviet allies around the world. Variants engaged in combat in Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Angola, and Syria. Most recently, the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi has used them to attack rebel forces.

Mig-27M Flogger is designed, built by Mikoyan-Gurevich in the USSR e first flight April 10, 1967 e crew of one (two in trainer) e number built some 5,000 e Specific to MiG-23MF: one Tumansky R-29 turbojet engine e armament one 23 mm cannon, variety of missiles such as R-3R, R-3S, AA-7, AA-8, AA-11 e load several 1,100-lb bombs e max speed 1,550 mph e cruise speed 550 mph e max range 1,600 mi e weight (loaded) 44,315 lb e span 46 ft 9 in (forward), 26 ft 9 in (swept) e length 55 ft 2 in e height 14 ft 4 in.

Wings: High-mounted, variable, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips.
Engine(s). One inside the body. Rectangular box-like air intakes forward of the wing roots. Single exhaust.

Fuselage: Long and tubular, except where air intakes give a box-like appearance. Long, downwardsloping, sharply pointed nose. Stepped canopy. Large, swept-back, and tapered belly fin under the rear section.

Tail: Swept-back and tapered tail fin with curved dorsal in leading edge and angular tip. Swept-back and tapered flats high-mounted on the fuselage with angular tips.

Country of Origin: CIS (formerly USSR).
Similar Aircraft: MiG-23 Flogger B/E/G, F-111, Tornado, Su-24 Fencer, Mirage F1, Super Etendard,
Crew: One.
Role: Ground-attack, fighter.
Armament: Missiles, bombs, rockets, cannon.
Dimensions: Length: 55 ft (16.6 m). Span: 46 ft, 9 in (14.26 m).

Belarus, CIS, India, Kazakhstan.

Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger

Mig-27M Flogger


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