|Engines||2*11200kg Mikulin-Tumansky R-15BD-300|
|Speed||3000km/h+ , M2.83 with external tanks (!)|
2*R-40T/R and 4*R-60
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...
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