MiG-25, A.I.Mikoyan/M.I.Gurevich 'Foxbat'

55k MiG-25PD from WWW anonymous FTP site.

This
was the USSR's answer to the design in the US of fast, high-flying aircraft as the B-70, F-108 and SR-71. The MiG-25 lacked technological refinement, but its performance caused much concern in the west. Also used as reconnaissance aircraft, which in the Middle-East proved invulnerable for the Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs.
Originated from line of experimental interceptors Ye-150, Ye-151, Ye-152, the first MiG-25P took off on September 6, 1964 as the Ye-155P-1. Powerful engines and choice of airframe materials (80% steel, 8% - titanium alloys, 11% - aluminum alloys, 1% - other) allowed to built the fastest interceptor of the time.
Production of MiG-25P started in 1969. In 1978 upgraded MiG-25PD rolled out, equipped with heat-seeker TP-23 in addition to more powerful Pulse-Doppler radar (Sapfir-25 instead Smerch-A). Early production MiG-25P were modified later to became the MiG-25PDS.
The MiG bureau once contemplated a six-seat transport development...
Prototype(s) :
  • Ye-26;
    Modifications :
  • with D-30 or R-15 engine : Ye-155/Ye-266/E-266;
  • MiG-31, much more capable 2-seat interceptor;
  • MiG-25RB ('Foxbat-B') Reconnaissater, with re-arranged and slightly reshaped nose, without underwing missile pylons;
    (27k) by Paul Nann, MiG-25RB at the Monino AF Museum;
    by Paul Nann, at the Khodynka AF Museum (41k);
  • MiG-25PU ('Foxbat-C') Perehvatchik Uchebnij, Trainer-Interceptor with second seat replacing the radar. Looks quite odd...
    by Paul Nann, Khodynka AF Museum (43k);

    35k and 27k MiG-25 ('Foxbat-A') by Paul Nann, Khodynka AF Museum;

    Some references :
  • MiG-25 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Article Vestnik Vozdushnogo Flota (Air Fleet Herald) 3/4-1996, available in KOI-8 Russian encodings;
  • MiG-25 at Yanko's Russian Weapons Catalog; (added 8/18/97)
  • MiG-25, Mikoyan-Gurevich 'Foxbat'
  • MiG-25 Foxbat-A
  • MiG-25R Foxbat-B
  • MG-25U Foxbat-C
  • Technical data
    Type MiG-25PD 'Foxbat-E'
    Function fighter
    Year 1964
    Crew 1
    Engines 2*11200kg Mikulin-Tumansky R-15BD-300
    Wing Span 14.02m
    Length 19.75m
    Height 6.10m
    Wing Area 61.4m2
    Empty Weight 20000kg
    Maximum Weight 36720kg
    Speed 3000km/h+ , M2.83 with external tanks (!)
    g-Limit 5.0
    Ceiling 20500m
    Range 1290km
    Armament
    Missiles MiG-25P
    4*R-40T/R
    MiG-25PD
    2*R-40T/R and 4*R-60
    Modified August 18, 1997
    by Alexandre Savine;
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