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Mig-23  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1971
Maiden Flight: 10 April 1967
Total Production: 5,000
Also Known As: Flogger, Mig-23B, Mig-23BK, Mig-23BM, Mig-23BN, Mig-23M, Mig-23MF, Mig-23ML, Mig-23MLD, Mig-23MS, Mig-23P, Mig-23UB, Mig-23UM and Mig-24
Origin: Russia
Corporations: MiG Corporation
Parent System: Mig-23
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1971
Maiden Flight: 10 April 1967
Total Production: 5,900
Family Members: Mig-27
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Description: The Mig-23, NATO nicknamed this aircraft as Flogger, is a family of tactical fighter aircraft developed in the former Soviet Union to perform primarily air defense missions. The Mig-23 prototype first flew in 1967 and was cleared for operational use in 1971 replacing the Mig-21 as front-line fighter within the Soviet Air Force. The Mig-27 is a light attack aircraft derived from the Mig-23 air defense fighter. The Soviet Union produced a variety of versions combining air defense and ground attack capabilities. The former Soviet Union and India assembled more than 5,900 Mig-23 (roughly 5,000) and Mig-27 (764-900) aircraft from the early 1970s through the 1990s. The Soviet Union exported the Mig-23 and Mig-27 to its Warsaw Pact allies and non-European customers. The few existing aircraft are expected to be withdrawn from service in the 2020-2025 timeframe.

The Mig-23 front-line air defense fighter entered service in 1971 within the Soviet Air Force powered by a R-35-300 turbojet engine rated at 28,600-lb of thrust with afterburner. The Mig-23 aircraft was equipped with a 23mm internal cannon and can be armed with dumb bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. The Mig-24 was a designation used for export models. The Mig-23M was the first model to introduce a pulse Doppler radar. The Mig-23MS and Mig-23MF were export versions. The Mi-23ML was a lightened version. The Mig-23UB and Mig-23UM were twin-seat trainers. The Mig-23P was an interceptor and the Mig-23MLD was an improved variant with enhanced air defense capabilities. The Mig-23BN, Mig-23BK and Mig-23BM were attack variants. In the 1980s Mig-23 was the backbone of the Warsaw Pact Air Forces. The Mig-23 aircraft is obsolete and has been retired from service in the Russian and ex-Warsaw Pact Air Forces.

Mig-23 Specifications

Crew: 1
External Stations: 5
Number of Engines: 1
Area
Wing Area: 37.3 square meter (402 square foot)
Dimensions
Height: 4.82 meter (15.8 foot)
Length: 15.9 meter (52 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 14.3 meter (47 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 18,000 meter (59,055 foot)
Max Range: 1,800 kilometer (972 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2.35 mach (2,810 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 10,200 kilogram (22,487 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 28,600 pound (12,973 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 17,800 kilogram (39,242 pound)
Payload: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mig-23 News

There are 3 news between
6 Oct 2005 and 1 Jul 2016
Friday, July 1, 2016Tejas Lightweight Multirole Fighter Enters Service with Indian Air Force
Friday, March 6, 2009Indian Air Force Retires its Last Mig-23BN Aircraft
Thursday, October 6, 2005Indian Scorpene Submarines to Receive Exocet Missiles

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Hungary?
YearHoldings
20141
20131
20121
20111
20101
20094
20074
20064
India?
YearHoldings
20150Mig-23
201470Mig-27
Feb 2010150Mig-27
Libya?
YearHoldings
2010130
Sri Lanka1
Mig-23UB

Grand Total 125
Cannons & Gear
GSh-23Lx1
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R-27Rx2
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