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HA5601 MIG-25P Foxbat Red 31, flown by Lt. (Sg.) V. Belenko, Japan 1976

The MiG-25 “Foxbat” is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The prototype flew in 1964 and entered service in 1970 with an operational speed of Mach 2.83 but if needed Mach 3.2 possibly damaging the engines. The MiG-25 caused concern for the U.S. who demanded increases in the performance of the F-15 Eagle under development. The MiG-25s large wings gave the impression of a high weight of stainless steel used to manufacture the MiG-25.

Lt. Belenko was a MiG-25P pilot with the 513th Fighter Regiment, 11th Army, Soviet Air Defence Forces. On September 6, 1976 while flying his MiG-25P “Red 31” Belenko defected to Japan where he was granted asylum. The Japanese seized the opportunity to examine the aircraft and eventually allowed the Americans access to the aircraft. The MiG-25P and Belenko were transported to the U.S. where he was granted citizenship in 1980 and the aircraft was completely disassembled. The aircraft eventually was returned to the Soviets in crates.

Variants of the MiG-25
MiG-25P Foxbat A
MiG-25RB Foxbat B
MiG-25RBV Foxbat B
MiG-25BBT Foxbat B
MiG-25R Foxbat B
MiG-25PU Foxbat C
MiG-25RU Foxbat C
MiG-25U Foxbat C
MiG-25RBK Foxbat D
MiG-25RBS Foxbat D
MiG-25RBSh Foxbat D
MiG-25RBF Foxbat D
MiG-25PD Foxbat E
MiG-25PDS Foxbat E
MiG-25BM Foxbat F
General Specifications of the MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-25P Foxbat
Number Built – 1,190
Crew – 1 x Pilot
Dimensions
Length – 64 ft 10 in (19.75 m)
Wingspan – 45 ft 11.5 in (14.01 m)
Height – 20 ft ¼ in (6.10 m)
Weight
Empty – 44,080 lb (20,000 kg)
Loaded – 80,952 lb (36,720 kg)
Performance
Engines – 2 x Tumansky R-15B-300 afterburning turbojets
Dry Thrust – 16,524 lbf (73.5 kN) per engine
Afterburner Thrust – 22,494 lbf (100.1 kN) per engine
Maximum Speed
@ High Altitude – Mach 2.83 1,920 mph (3,2000 km/h) Mach 3.2 2,170 mph (3,470 km/h) continuous engine limit
Low Altitude – 746 mph (1,200 km/h) (648 kts)
Range
Mission - 1,075 miles (1,730 km) (935 nmi)
Ferry – 1,600 miles (2,575 km) (1,390 nmi)
Service Ceiling – 67,915 ft (20,700 m) with 4 missiles
RoC – 40,950 ft/min (208 m/s)
Time To 65,615 ft (20,000 m) – 8.9 minutes
Armament
2 x Radar-Guided R-40R (AA-6 “Acrid”) air-to-air missiles
2 x Infrared-Guided R-40T missiles
Avionics
RP-25 Smerch radar
RV-UM or RV-4 radar altimeter