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HA5606 MIG-25PD "Foxbat" Red 49, 146th Fighter Aviation Regiment,
Ukrainian Air Force, Vasilkov 1995

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.

In 1974 the Ukraine received the MiG-25. The 146th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (146 Gv IAP) took up residence at Vasilkov in 1950 as part of the 19th Air Defense Division. In 1989 the 19th Air Defense Division was re-organized and became the 49th Air Defense Corps. After the break-up of the Soviet Union the Ukrainian Air Force took over 79 MiG-25s. In 1994 three air defense regions were formed with the 146th FAR and 636th assigned to the Central region but disbanded in 1996.

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