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HA5607 MIG-25PD Foxbat Blue 75, Soviet Air Force, 1979

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.

On September 6, 1976 Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko; flew his MiG-25 to Japan and defected. This gave the Americans their first-hand look at the new aircraft that had become the nightmare of the USAF. After testing and disassembling it the U.S. returned the aircraft to the Soviets in 40 crates. With this technology now known to the Americans; the Soviet Union set about making improvements to the MiG-25. The MiG-25PD entered service in 1979 with new engines and radar along with weapons systems upgrades so NATO labeled this variant the Foxbat-E.

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