antiradar recon / bombers
This is a single-seat supersonic reconnaissance bomber designed to ensure a break through the enemy defense line with electronic and fire suppression of the enemy air defences. Development of this recon-bomber was sanctioned by the Government’s decision of 13 July, 1973.
The design of the aircraft started in 1974. This recon-bomber has the Jaguar antiradar system, target designation system for the Sych antiradiation homing missile, defensive electronic ECM system consisting of the Beryoza-L radio surveillance system and Syren-1D-OZh and Lyutik active jamming systems. The aircraft weapons suite includes four Kh-58 (Kh-58U) antiradiation missiles.
During 1974-1976, all components of the MiG-25BM equipment complex underwent testing aboard the MiG-25RBs (tail numbers #303 and #401). The maiden flight of the MiG25BM prototype (#2047, tail number 47) was made on 27 January, 1977 by pilot Shchelkunov. During 1977-1980, the aircraft participated in the official testing programme. During the official testing in 1981, the aircraft carried four Kh-58U missiles. MiG-25BM recon/bombers had remained in series production during 1982-1985. The total production is 40.
|NATO code name||FoxBat-F|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Overall height, m||6|
|Wing Span, m||13,42|
|Wing Area, m2||62,4|
|Take-off weight, kg||max.||41200|
|Internal fuel, kg||15245|
|Engines||2 Turbojet R-15BD-300|
|Thrust, kgf (kN)||max||8800 (86,3)|
|in afterburner||11200 (109,8)|
|Range with drop tank 5300 l, km||supersonic||2130|
|Max. speed at altitude, km/h (M=)||3000 (2,83)|
|Practical ceiling, m||23000|
|Max g-load||3,8 (5)|
References and Credits:
- Aviatsia i Kosmonavtika №8. 1999
- History and aircraft of Mikoyan design bureau / «Wings of Russia», 1999, CD-ROM /
- «Airplanes of special purpose» / V.N.Shunkov, 1998 /
- MiG-25RB / «Angle of the sky» /
- Mig-25 / Su-27 Flanker in life and in game /