Air International 2006-10
A.Mladenov - MiG-25 Foxbat /Military/
Первый перехватчик Е-155П-1
To complement its high-altitude, highspeed capability, the MiG-25P interceptor variant was armed with a combination of short-range AA-8 Aphid and medium-range AA-6 air-to-air missiles (seen here).
Against a bomber-sized target in a forward hemisphere engagement, the MiG-25's Smerch-A2 radar had a maximum detection range of approximately 54nm and an acquisition range of 27nm. However, the radar was incapable of seeing targets flying below 1,640ft due to ground clutter. Angular coverage was ±60‘in azimuth and ±6‘in elevation.
Mikoyan MiG-25PD/PDS Foxbat
This MiG-25RBSzs (Red 38) was photographed at Welzow, East Germany, in August 1991, while on the strength of the 11th ORAP (Otdelnyi Razvedyvatelnyi Aviatsionnaya Polk, or Independent Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment). It is understood to have been the only camouflaged MiG-25 assigned to the Soviet Forces in East Germany.
No.102 Trisonic Squadron, Indian Air Force, based at Bareilly, Allahabad, was equipped with MiG-25RB and MiG-25RBK reconnaissance variants, and MiG-25U for operational pilot training. Note the squadron markings on the forward fuselage sides of MIG-25RB, KP354, seen over central India.
The first prototype of the MiG-25, designated Ye-155R-1, made its maiden flight on March 6, 1964. Alternative wing-tip options were a 264 Imp gal fuel tank (seen here), large delta winglet (above and below the tip) and a large anti-flutter mass.
In addition to optical cameras housed in the nose, in any of three configurations, the reconnaissance variants of the MiG-25 were equipped with a variety of other sensors for ELINT. The pattern of dielectric windows on the nose of Red 54 identifies it as a MiG-25RBT.
A sword into a plough-share. This Zhukovsky-based MiG-25U has left behind its Cold War role of military pilot training and now offers commercial flights for civilians 'to the edge of space'.
This plan view of a MiG-25PU dual-seat pilot trainer clearly shows the two-cockpit configuration and angular design. This variant lacked a radar and weapons capability.