The Russian MiG-25 Foxbat: Supersonic Fighter Jet That Struck Fear In The West

MiG 25

In 1964, the SR-71 was unveiled by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The new plane flew faster and higher than anything else, making it uncatchable. However, the Soviets thought they had the perfect solution.

MiG-25 Foxbat

The MiG-25 Foxbat was created to go head to head with the B-70 Valkyrie, which never came. However, the MiG-25 made the perfect opponent for the SR-71.

The United States only made the SR-71 in small batches. The Soviets, on the other hand, made 1,200 MiG-25s. The Soviet Union sent some to Iraq, Syria, and Libya, but many of the planes stayed there.

The Foxbat topped out at 2,156 miles per hour and fired an AA-6 Acrid. The weapon had a 150-pound warhead with a max range of 30 miles at speeds up to Mach 4.5.

The Soviets originally created the plane to take out bombers, but there was a lot that the U.S. did not know about the plane. First was in the Yom Kippur War, the MiG-25s outflew the Israeli F-4s, a concerning feat.

New Plane

The Air Force decided it needed another plane that could take on the MiG-25, and the F-15 Eagle was born. The two planes battled it out in the Middle East.

The F-15 Eagle was victorious, and the MiG-25 shrank into second. However, some believe that Scott Speicher, a F/A-18 Hornet pilot, was shot down by a MiG-25 on the first day of Desert Storm.

But no one knows for sure. Others are positive it wasn’t an Iraqi MiG-25 but an SA-2 Guideline. But, of course, we will never know for sure.

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