Микоян-Гуревич МиГ-25 СТ-перехватчик самолета

Foxhound 2

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25ST (Foxhound F) Interceptor Aircraft

by Tim Wing

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-25; UEDF reporting name: Foxhound) was a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”. Though Mikoyan retained the MiG-25 designation of its forbearer, the MiG-25M was a significantly redesigned aircraft. So much so, that when it first appeared in the early eighties, NATO gave it the designation “Foxhound” to differentiate it.

The Foxhound was never exported outside of the Soviet Union, not even to fellow Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States (EBSIS) members. The aircraft’s airframe was constructed almost entirely titanium and high-strength alloys. In the years following the 1st Robotech War, the Foxhound was upgraded with fusion-turbines and protoculture cell energizers as the main power source. This version was known as the MiG25ST (ST standing for sliyaniye turbiny / Слияние турбины, that is fusion turbine in Russian), or Foxhound F in UEDF reporting parlance. This engine upgrade allowed for an effectively unlimited range and cruising speeds in excess of Mach 2. This, combined with the Soviet Union’s most advance electronically scanned phased array radar and long range missiles with either conventional or nuclear warheads, made the Foxhound an extremely capable high altitude interceptor. The Foxhound F also mounted a laser cannon, though this weapons was of insignificant yield and was later deleted.

Foxhound 1

  • Role: Interceptor aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich
  • First flight: 16 September 1975
  • Introduction: 6 May 1981
  • Status: Retired
  • Service life: 1981-2031
  • Primary users: Soviet Air Force
  • Produced: 1975–1994
  • Number built: 752

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (pilot and weapons system officer)
  • Length: 22.69 m
  • Wingspan: 13.46 m
  • Empty weight: 21,820 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 46,200 kg

Performance (fusion-turbine variant)

  • Maximum speed:
  • High altitude: Mach 3 + (3,000 km/h)
  • Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (1,500 km/h)
  • Combat radius: unlimitedFoxhound 3
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 m
  • Rate of climb: 306 m/s
  • Thrust/weight: 1.25 to 1
  • Maximum g-load: 5 g

 


 

 

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