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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 and MiG-27

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger).

MiG-23 (NATO reporting name Flogger) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Its predecessor, the MiG-21, was notoriously lightly armed (some were armed only with two guns, others with only one gun and two short-range air-to-air missiles), and short on fuel (making it very difficult to reach either the intended ceiling or the intended top speed). The MiG-23 was a heavier, more powerful machine designed to remedy these deficiencies.

It was designed to rival the American F-4 Phantom II, and was fitted with similar jet intakes. To facilitate operation on the poor-quality airstrips common in the Soviet Union, the aircraft was fitted with swing-wings.

The MiG-27 was a simplified version of the MiG-23 for use as a ground attack aircraft. The radar and variable-geomety jet intakes were removed on this version. This aircraft was also codenamed Flogger by NATO.

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