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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)

The MiG-23 was designed to replace the  MiG-21.  The MiG-23 uses a variable-
geometry (swing) wing capable of a sweep of 16 to 72 degrees.  Fully spread, the
MiG-23 has a short takeoff and landing roll while carrying a heavy weapons load.  Fully swept, the MiG-23 can reach speeds exceeding mach 2.  The prototype 23-11 first flew on 10 June 1967.

The MiG-23 (named Flogger by NATO) was used by the Warsaw Pact nations as well as Libya, Syria, Egypt, India, Cuba, Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea.

A dedicated ground attack version, the MiG-27, uses the same basic airframe.  More than 4,000 Mig-23/27s have been built.

 Specifications (MiG-23MF)
Type: Fighter
Engines: one 25,335 lb (112.7 kN) afterburning thrust Tumanskii R-29B-300
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page updated 11 February 2008



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