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|Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 Flogger|
Meant as a point defense fighter, the Flogger offered a powerful radar, an infrared search and track system, a selection of radar and infrared guided weapons and tremendous speed (Mach 2.35) to counter its adversaries. The MiG-23 was designed in 1964-66 as a successor to the MiG-21. In addition to a much more powerful engine, the MiG-23's most significant new feature was its variable sweep wing. Like the USAF's swing wing F-111, the sweep of the wings could be changed in flight. Fully spread, this gives a shorter takeoff/landing roll while carrying a heavier weapons load. With the wings fully swept back, the MiG-23 has greater speed. The wing has three sweep settings: 16, 45, and 72 degrees. The prototype first flew in April 1967 and MiG-23s began entering operational service in 1971.
The aircraft is in widespread use in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The MiG-23/27 FLOGGER series of aircraft has been used extensively by the former Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. The MiG-23 series served as fighter-interceptors, with a secondary capability of ground attack. The MiG-23BN and MiG-27 were fighter-bomber variations. The Flogger B is a standard interceptor. Other versions of this aircraft are: C--two seater; G--improved interceptor; and E--export. The MiG-23MLD FLOGGER K version was a modification of the MiG23ML FLOGGER G and incorporated improved avionics, armament, and aerodynamic features. The MiG-23MLD is the most advanced version of the Flogger. It features a different identification-friend-or-foe system, a more advanced missile capability and a distinctive notch in the leading edge of the wing to improve flight characteristics. More than 4,000 MiG-23/27s are estimated to have been built.
The wings are high-mounted, variable, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips. There is one turbofan engine inside the body. There are rectangular, box-like air intakes forward of the wing roots and a single exhaust. The fuselage is long and tubular, except where intakes give a box-like appearance. It has a long, pointed nose and a stepped canopy. There is a large, swept-back, and tapered belly fin under the rear section. The tail is swept-back, has a tapered tail fin, has a curved dorsal in the leading edge and an angular tip. Swept-back, tapered flats have angular tips and are high-mounted on the fuselage.
Air Superiority Fighter/Interceptor
Mikoyan-Gurevich/Russian Aircraft Corporation
One pilot wearing Tactical Life Support System
MiG-23M Flogger B
MiG-23MF Flogger B
MiG-23UB Flogger C
MiG-23UM Flogger C
MiG-23MF Flogger E
MiG-23MS Flogger E
MiG-23BN Flogger F
MiG-23BM Flogger F
MiG-23B Flogger F
MiG-23ML Flogger G
MiG-23P Flogger G
MiG-23BK Flogger H
MiG-23BN Flogger H
MiG-23MLD Flogger K
MiG-24 (export MiG-23)
MDC BY LOCATION:
(1) Main Body 150
Cockpit Section 100
Wings (2) 65 each
Tails (2) 35 each
Drop Tanks (2) 40 each
- (1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely.
- 839 mph (1350 kph) max speed at above sea level up to 10,000 metres. Max speed of 1,553 mph (2,485 kph) up to Service Ceiling of altitude of 18,000 m.
- MAX ENGINE THRUST:
- 22467 lbs from main engine
- 4.35 m
- Min Sweep: 13.8 m
- Max Sweep: 7.4 m
- With probes: 17.05 m
- Fully Loaded: 17,900 kg
- OPERATIONAL RANGE:
- 1,181 miles (Can utilise 800 L drop tank with 639 kg of fuel for 66 miles range)
- PHYSICAL STRENGTH:
- Equal to a P.S. of 50
- Small compartment behind pilot's seat for personal belongings.
- POWER PLANT:
- One Trumansky R27F2M-300 turbojet with 22,467 lbs of thrust at full afterburner
- GRYAZEV/SHIPUNOV GSH-23L 23MM TWIN BARRELLED INTERNAL GUN SYSTEM: Internally mounted within the Flogger is a 23mm Cannon capable of firing at a rate of 3400 Rounds Per Minute. Fitted within the MiG-23 it is only capable of firing at targets directly in front of the fighter.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Air/Anti-Armour
- SECONDARY PURPOSE: Anti-Personnel
- RANGE: 2000 feet (600 m)
- DAMAGE: 2D6 M.D. per burst
- RATE OF FIRE: Equal to the pilot's combined number of attacks.
- PAYLOAD: 200 rounds (10 rounds per burst)
- WING HARD POINTS (6):
The MiG-23 Flogger has two fuselage, two wing glove, and two wing pylons for up to 3,000 kg of stores, that utilize the BD3-UMK2B pylons and the APU-470, APU-73-1D, and APU-68-85E launching devices.
Refer to Missile FCS 00 for details.
1 per hardpoint:
- R-23 [AA-7] Apex
- R-60 [AA-8] Aphid
- External Fuel Tank: the tanks are used to extend the cruising range, and are dropped when the vehicle enters combat.
Upgraded aircraft may carry:
- R-27 [AA-10] Alamo
- R-73 [AA-11] Archer
- SO-69 type K-11E ECM JAMMER: Used to defeat hostile radar, the ECM, (Electronic Counter Measures,) jammer will confuse all radar so that the fighter can not be detected or locked onto with radar guided weapons. This does not give away the position of the fighter but it does let the enemy know that they are there. The only way that it can be defeated is with ECCM, (Electronic Counter-Counter Measures.)
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Block Enemy Radar
- RANGE: 30 miles (48 Km)
- RULES: Confuses all radar within 30 miles, but can be defeated by ECCM, if the ECCM operator gets a higher Sensory Instruments percentage roll against the ECM operator.
- BVP-30-26M CHAFF/FLARE DECOY DISPENSORS: Located in the rear middle section of the Flogger's fuselage are the counter-measures dispensors. Triggered by the pilot they will release either a chaff cloud or single flare depending on what the pilot chooses. They are used to confuse enemy missiles attacking the Flogger. Smart missiles get a 20% bonus when rolling on the below chart.
- 01-50 Missile/s detonated by Chaff/Flare
- 51-75 Missile/s loses track of target and veers away in wrong direction, (may lock onto another target)
- 76-00 No effect, missile is still on target
- Payload: 30 of each type
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE MIKOYAN GUREVICH MIG-23 FLOGGER:
- AUTO-PILOT: (SAU-451-04 automatic control system & E502-20/04 airborne guidance system) The MiG-23 is equipped with a computerized auto-pilot, allowing the pilot to relax or even sleep during long voyages. The auto-pilot can be programmed with a single destination or a complex flight plan involving multiple speeds, directions, and destinations. The onboard computer will alert the pilot when the fighter is near its destination, and can also be set to automatically signal when sensors detect objects near the fighter.
- COMBAT COMPUTER W/HUD DISPLAYS: (ALMAZ-UP information reporting system & Ts100.02-02 digitial computer) The MIG-23 Flogger is equipped with a Phazotron Research and Production Company RP-23 "Saphire" radar and S-31E2 "optical / electronic aiming and navigation complex which features an infrared search and track sensor and a laser rangefinder.
- EJECTOR SEATS/HOMING SIGNAL: The pilot's seats are ejection seats designed to eject the pilot in the event of a catastrophe. They must be manually operated to fire. The pilot carries a homing devices within a small radio within their flightsuit in the event of them having to ditch. These radio/homing signals have a range of 100 miles.
- LASER TARGETING SYSTEM: Range: 100 miles (160 km).
- OPTICS: CAMERA: Range: 30 miles (48 km). A Television Camera Set (TCS) is used for visual target identification at long ranges. The TCS is a high resolution closed circuit television system. The selected FOV is displayed in the cockpit and can be recorded by the Cockpit Television System. It is used for both reconnaisance, and to assist in target aquisition in air to ground attacks.
- OPTICS: NIGHTVISION: Range: 2000 feet (610 m).
- COUNTER-MEASURES: The Flogger is equipped with chaff and flare decoy dispensers, as well as an ECM jammer linked into the Radar Reciever Warning system. (See under Weapon Systems for details.)
- RADAR: RP-23 Saphire 'High Lark' antenna with a range of 43 miles (70 km).
- RADIO COMMUNICATION: (R-862 radio & A-611 marker radio receiver) Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 600 miles (960 km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- STANDARD SURVIVAL KIT: The pilots flightsuit comes equipped with a portable survival equipment. The equipment includes a small waterproof radio/homing signal, a medium-sized flashlight, two hand flares, one rocket flare, a compass, infrared distancing binoculars, a small mirror, a pocket knife, dehydrated and concentrated food (can be stretched into a five day supply for one person) and basic first aid items (aspirin, bandages, disinfectants, etc.)
- TACTICAL LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: The Floggers cockpit features pressurized air feeds to the pilots flight suit that provides them with pressurized breathing. The flight suit also promotes blood circulation even during high-g turns, thus decreasing the possibility of the pilot blacking out in combat.
COMBAT BONUSES FOR MIG-23 FLOGGER TRAINING:
BASIC MIG-23 FLOGGER COMBAT TRAINING
Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.
1 attack per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, nine, and fifteen.
+1 to strike.
+3 to dodge
+1 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
ADVANCED MIG-23 FLOGGER COMBAT TRAINING
Advanced training for military pilots and mecha specialists.
3 attacks per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, six, eleven, and fifteen.
+1 on initiative.
+2 to strike
+5 to dodge
+3 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
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