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HA5602 MIG-25PDS Foxbat 25211 "The Hornet Killer" flown by Lt. Zuhair Dawood, Iraqi Air Force, Jan 1991

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.

The first American casualty of Operation Desert Storm came on the night of January 17, 1991. LCDR Scott “Spike” Speicher was piloting an F/A-18C Hornet from VFA-81 “Sunliners” when his aircraft crashed. According to a fellow pilot on the same mission the F/A-18C was at 28,000 feet and hit by an R-40 missile fired from an Iraqi MiG- 25PDS believed to be flown by Lt. Zuhair Dawood of the IrAF 84th Squadron. LCDR Speicher was listed as MIA but later changed to KIA.

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
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)
Empty – 44,080 lb (20,000 kg)
Loaded – 80,952 lb (36,720 kg)
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)
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
RP-25 Smerch radar
RV-UM or RV-4 radar altimeter