Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25

is a high-supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance-bomber aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service.

Role : Interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer :Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB
First flight : 6 March 1964
Introduced : 1970
Status : Limited active service
Primary users : Russian Air Force, Algerian Air Force, Syrian Air Force, Military of Turkmenistan
Number built : 1,190
Developed into : Mikoyan MiG-31

Designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau the first prototype flew in 1964 with entry into service in 1970. A top speed of Mach 2.83+, a powerful radar and four air-to-air missiles, worried U.S.

Production of the MiG-25 series ended in 1984 after completion of 1,190 aircraft. The MiG-25 flew with a number of Soviet allies and former Soviet republics and it remains in limited service in Russia and several other nations.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 Specifications
General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 19.75 m (64 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.01 m (45 ft 11.5 in)
  • Height: 6.10 m (20 ft 0.25 in)
  • Wing area: 61.40 m² (660.93 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 20,000 kg (44,080 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 36,720 kg (80,952 lb)
  • Powerplant:2 × Tumansky R-15B-300 afterburning turbojets
    • Dry thrust: 73.5 kN (16,524 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 100.1 kN (22,494 lbf) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed:
    • High altitude: Mach 3.2[6] (3,500 km/h, 2,170 mph); Mach 2.83 (3,200 km/h, 1,920 mph) continuous engine limit[6]
    • Low altitude: 1,200 km/h (650 knots, 740 mph)[43]
  • Range: 1,730 km (935 nmi, 1,075 mi) with internal fuel
  • Ferry range: 2,575 km (1,390 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 20,700 m (with four missiles) (67,915 ft; over 80,000 ft (24.4 km) for RB models)
  • Rate of climb: 208 m/s (40,950 ft (12,480 m) / min)
  • Wing loading: 598 kg/m² (122.5 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.41
  • Time to altitude: 8.9 min to 20,000 m (65,615 ft)

Armament

  • 2x radar-guided R-40R (AA-6 “Acrid”) air-to-air missiles, and
  • 2x infrared-guided R-40T missiles

Avionics

  • RP-25 Smerch radar
  • A RV-UM or a RV-4 radar altimeter
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