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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat).
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The MiG-25 (NATO codename Foxbat) was an interceptor produced by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the 1960's. The aircraft, armed solely with AA-6 Air-to-air missiles[?], was designed to meet the threat of the American XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 bomber, and therefore has better speed and altitude performance than any other fighter aircraft, with a maximum speed of Mach 3.2 and a ceiling of 90,000 feet. However, the MiG-25, built for sheer speed, is inferior to almost all other jet fighters in maneuverability, and was therefore somewhat redundant as an interceptor following the XB-70's cancellation. In addition, the aircraft in service had to be limited to Mach 2.8, as higher speeds than this tended to overheat and wreck the engines.

Many former Soviet client states use an unarmed version of the MiG-25 as a reconnaissance aircraft.

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  • MiG-25 FOXBAT (http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/russia/airdef/mig-25.htm)

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