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HA5603 MIG-25PD Foxbat 1025th Aerial Squadron, Libyan Air Force, Benin 1981 with R60 air to air missiles

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.

Libya is believed to have had 60 MiG-25s. In 1973 Libya declared the Gulf of Sidra as being part of their territory but this claim was never accepted by international law. When President Ronald Reagan came to power he tested the Libyan Air Force by sending a carrier force into the area. A couple of Libyan Su-22s were intercepted approaching the U.S. force and when they didn’t leave they were shot down by F-14s. Later a force of Libyan aircraft including MiG-25P approached but turned away rather than engage.

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)
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
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