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Flight Craft 8 Mikoyan Mig 31

Author : Yefim Gordon
ISBN : 9781473823921
Genre : History
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The MiG-31 started life as an advanced derivative of the famous MiG-25P interceptor, becoming the first Soviet fourth-generation combat aircraft. First flown in 1975, it differed from its progenitor primarily in having a crew of two (pilot and weapons systems operator), a highly capable passive phased-array radar _ a world first _ and new R-33 long-range missiles as its primary armament. The maximum speed was an impressive Mach 2.82, the cruising speed being Mach 2.35. The type entered service in 1981; more than 500 copies were built between 1981 and 1994. The powerful radar and other avionics allowed the MiG-31 to operate as a 'mini-AWACS' scanning the airspace and guiding other interceptors to their targets; a flight of three such aircraft in line abreast formation could cover a strip 800 km (500 miles) wide. To this day the MiG-31 remains one of the key air defence assets of the Russian Air Force. The book describes the MiG-31's developmental history, including upgrade programmes, and features a full and comprehensive survey of the various MiG-31 model-making kits currently available on the market.

Sukhoi Su 34 Fullback Russia S 21st Century Striker

Author : Hugh Harkins
ISBN : 1903630347
Genre : History
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Su-34 The Su-34 'Fullback' was developed from the Su-27 'Flanker' interceptor/fighter as a fourth plus generation stike aircraft for service with the Russian Air Force. Conceived in the twilight years of the Soviet Union, the aircraft weathered the finacial crisis that gripped post cominist Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's, maturing into an advanced strike aircraft, deliveries to the Russian Air Force commencing in late 2006. The aircraft is currently in service with increasing numbers being ordered to replace that countries aging fleet of Su-24M/M2 strike aircraft. It is also planned for the Su-34 to replace the Su-24MR in the tactical reconnaissance role. This volune covers the program from conception to operational service with chapters describing the aircraft, systems and weapons, production, flight testing and initial service. The text is complimented by black and white photographs

Sukhoi Su 24 Famous Russian Aircraft

Author : Yefim Gordon
ISBN : 1857803701
Genre : History
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Developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the Su-24 tactical bomber has become one of the most successful aircraft in its class. Featuring delta wings and auxiliary lift engines meant to improve its field performance, the first prototype turned out to be more of a liability than an asset and the aircraft was redesigned to have variable geometry wings. The Su-24 had its baptism of fire in the Afghan War and was also exported to Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Libya and Syria, seeing action in some of these countries. At home, Russian Air Force Su-24s were heavily involved in the first and second Chechen campaigns and the type has undergone a mid-life update allowing it to carry precision-guided munitions. and is still going strong. Illustrated with over 750 photographs, many previously unpublished, as well as line drawings, color side views, insignia, unit badges and nose art this latest addition to the "Famous Russian Aircraft" series will be of interest to aviation enthusiasts and scale modellers alike.

Mikoyan Mig 25 Foxbat

Author : Yefim Gordon
ISBN : 1857802594
Genre : History
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This latest Red Star title examines the history, development, and operational career of the MiG-25 both with the air forces of the Soviet Union and in those countries to which the aircraft was exported.

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