Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MF Aircraft Data
Photo ID 172016 by Lukas Kinneswenger. Bulgaria Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 23MF, 670
Single-seat interceptor, fighter, light-attack aircraft.

The Mig-23 participated in the meme of 60's designs that used variable geometry (swing) wings. Another tradition, held fast in Soviet design, is size. The Mig-23 is the largest single-engine fighter built to date. The 'MF' model is an export derivative of the standard Mig-23M, supplied to VVS and Frontal Aviation units from 1971. Initially, the Mig-23MF was only supplied to Warsaw Pact air forces, but was later sold to India, Syria, and other aligned nations. The Mig-23 has seen combat over Lebanon, Iraq and the Gulf, Ethiopia, the Angolan bush wars with South Africa, and Afghanistan. A reputation for strength and stability usually accompanied the Mig-23 wherever it served.
  • Country of Origin: USSR
  • First Flight: 6/10/67
  • Initial Service Date: 1970
  • No. Built: 5,047
  • No. In Service: 150 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 5
  • Crew: 1

Power:

1 x Tumansky R-29B afterburning turbojet at 27,558 lbf

Weapons:

1x GSh-23L 23 mm cannon with 200 rounds
2 x R-23/24 (AA-7) BVR AAM's
2 x R-60 (AA-8) AAM's
2 x Kh-23 (AS-7) AGM's
2 x UV-32-57, UV-16-57 rocket pods
Asst. nuclear weapons

Dimensions:

Length: 56 ft. 10 in.
Wing Span: 45 ft. 9 in./25 ft. in.
Wing Area: 91.86 sq.ft
Height: 14.27 in.
Empty Weight: 21,153 lbs
Max. Weight: 44,313 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 6,610 lbs
Internal Fuel: 10,141 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 1,519 mph
Service Ceiling: 60,695 ft.
Normal Range: 496 nm
Max. Range: 1,520 nm

Operators:

(Mig-23MF): Bulgaria (12), Cuba, Czech Republic (r. 1994), East Germany, Hungary (12, r. 1999), India (40, r. 2007), Poland (36, r. 1999), Romania (36, r. 2003), Ukraine.

The Mig-23MF has mostly been replaced by later versions of the Mig-23 or the Mig-29

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