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
Missiles MiG-25P
2*R-40T/R and 4*R-60

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-25s were presented for the first time to the public in July 1967. The MiG-25 lacked 'technological refinement' (in Western terms this means 'is simple'), but its performance caused much concern in the West, which reacted with (surprisingly similar in layout) F-15 Eagle. 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 family
    ('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
  • MiG-25 and its modifications
  • 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

  • Modified August 18, 1997 Back to
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