In the 1960’s the Soviet military required a replacement for the MiG-21 that could compete with
the USAF F-14 Tomcat. It had to be very fast, rapid acceleration, carry a larger payload, capable
of a high service ceiling, long range and beyond visual range intercept capabilities. The project
was given to the Mikoyan- Gurevich Design Bureau that produced the Model 23-11 that first flew
on June 10, 1967. Production began in 1969 and eventually completed over 5,000 swing-wing
MiG-23s. A ground-attack variant was also produced, the MiG-27.


The 120th IAP arrived at Bagram and Shindad Afghanistan as part of the 23rd Air Army in 1988
and stayed until January 31, 1989. The 120th IAP was formed in 1969 at Brest Oblast and
transferred to Domna in 1971. The 120th IAP was re-equipped with MiG-23s in 1978 and flew
them until 1993 when they converted to the MiG-29. The MiG-23MLD was the most numerous
MiG-23 variant in Afghanistan. The MiG-23MLD was nicknamed “Grif – griffon” by VVS crews.
Soviet forces were in Afghanistan from late 1979 until late 1989.


General specifications for the MiG-23 (NATO code name FLOGGER)

Country of Origin – Soviet Union

Manufacturer – Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau

Role – Fighter-Interceptor

Crew – 1 Pilot   (2 X for the MiG-23UB and the MiG-23UM

First Flight – June 10, 1967

Dimensions
Length – 54 ft 8 ins   (16.71 m) including nose probe
Height 15 ft 1 in   (4.82 m)
Wingspan
Fully Swept – 26 ft 7 ins   (7.78 m)
Fully Spread – 45 ft 8 ins   (13.97 m)

Weight
Empty – 22,440 lbs   (10,200 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 39,160 lbs   (17,800 kg)

Performance
Powerplant – 1 X Soyuz/Tumansky R-35-300 Afterburning Turbojet
Thrust – 28,600 lbs   (13,000 kg)
Maximum Speed – 1,553 mph   (2,500 kmh)
Service Ceiling – 60,680 ft   (18,500 m)
Range – 1,211 miles   (1,950 km)

Armament
1 X GSh-23L 23mm Two-Barrel Cannon w/200 Rounds
Maximum External Weapons Load – 6,600 lbs   (3,000 kg)
Weapons Options
AAMs and ASMs
R-3 (AA-2 Atoll)
R-13R (AA-2-2 Atoll-C)
R-13M (AA-2-2 Atoll-D)
R-23R (AA-7 Apex)
R-23T (AA-7 Apex)
R-24R (AA-7 Apex)
R-24T (AA-7 Apex)
R-60 (AA-8 Aphid)
R-60M (AA-8 Aphid)
Unguided Rockets
S-5
S-8
S-24
Unguided Bombs
FAB-250
FAB-500
OFAB-100 Fragmentation Bombs
Cluster Bombs
ZAB-500 Napalm Bombs
UPK-23 250 Pods with a GSh-23L Cannon

Known variants
MiG-23B, MiG-23BN, MiG-23BK, MiG-23BM, MiG-23BN, MiG-23M, MiG-23MF, MiG-23ML
MiG-23MLA, MiG-23MLD, MiG-23MS, MiG-23P, MiG-23S, MiG-23UB, MiG-23UM,
MiG-24 (export MiG-23)
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA5309
MIG-23MLD
White 55, 120 IAP, Bagram AB,
Afghanistan 1989

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.

Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.

Optional armament provided.

Canopy can be displayed open or closed.

Pilot figure included.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
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