Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 “FOXBAT A / C / E / F”

In 1958 the V-PVO (Soviet Air Defense Forces) requested a new high-performance interceptor capable of intercepting the most modern USAF aircraft. This requirement was motivated by the constant flights of the invulnerable CIA Lockheed U-2 and the projected entry into service of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber, which would put the USSR in serious danger in case of conflict. The Sukhoi and Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG) companies attended the request, which had to present an interceptor capable of reaching 3,000 km/h and a ceiling of 27,000 meters. Finally, only MiG company presented a prototype designated “Ye-155-P1“, which would enter service known worldwide as MiG-25 “Foxbat A”.

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Country of origin

Soviet Union

Builder

Mikoyan Gurevich

Type

Interceptor aircraft

Entered service

1972

Crew

1

Combat weight

36,720 kg – 41,190 kg with external fuel tank

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

23.82 x 14.01 x 6.10 meters

Wing area

61.40 m2

Power plant

Foxbat A: 2 x Tumansky R.15B.300 turbojets, 73.5 kN dry or 100.1 kN with afterburner (each)
Foxbat E / F: 2 x Tumansky R.15BD.300 turbojets, 86.3 kN dry or 109.8 kN with afterburner (each)

Power, (total)

Foxbat A: 147.0 kN (78,498 hp) dry – 200.2 kN (106,906 hp) afterburner
Foxbat E / F: 172.6 kN (92,168 hp) dry – 219.6 kN (117,266 hp) afterbruner

Speed

Max. Mach 2.83 (3,466 km/h) – Cruise Mach 2.35 (2,878 km/h)

Climb rate

12,480 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

20,646 meters

Range

1,635 km in supersonic flight or 1,865 in subsonic flight with internal fuel

Armament

6 hardpoints for 3,000 kg of ordnace

Air-to-air missiles

Foxbat A / E: Type R.40R / T (AA.6 Acrid) – R.23 (AA.7 Apex) – R.60 (AA.8 Aphid) – R.73A (AA.11 Archer)

Air-to-surface missiles

Foxbat F: Anti-radiation type Kh.58 (AS.11 Kilter) – Kh.31 (AS.17 Krypton)

Production

1,186 of all variants