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Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger

Ground attack aircraft

Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger

The Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger tactical attack aircraft was developed from the MiG-23 interceptor



Mig-27M 'Flogger-J'
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 17.08 m
Wing span 13.97 m spread, 7.78 m swept
Height 5 m
Weight (empty) 11.9 t
Weight (maximum take off) 20.6 t
Engines and performance
Engines 1 x MNPK Soyuz R-29B-300 turbojet
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 78.45 / 112.77 kN
Maximum speed 1 885 km/h
Service ceiling 14 km
Combat radius 540 km
Armament
Cannon 1 x 30-mm six-barrel rotary cannon
Missiles Kh-23 (AS-7 Kerry), Kh-25ML (AS-10 Karen) and Kg-25MP (AS-12 Kegler) air-to-surface missiles, AS-9 Kyle anti-radar missiles
Bombs tactical nuclear bombs, FAB series free-fall bombs or retarded bombs

 

   The MiG-23B was developed from the MiG-23 interceptor in the late 1960s to meet a Frontal Aviation requirement for a tactical attack aircraft. The series production MiG-23BN variant proved disappointing in service and was replaced by more capable MiG-27 Flogger.

   The upgraded MiG-23BM/BK variants incorporated the improved avionics of later MiG-27s. Many BM/BKs built for export were described as MiG-23BNs.

   In 2001 significant operators were Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cuba, India and Libya. Algeria's aircraft received an avionics upgrade by a Bulgarian firm. Lesser operators are Angola, Ethiopia and Sudan. During border clashes with Eritrea in 1998 two Ethiopian MiG-23s was lost to ground fire.

   The MiG-27 was developed as a fully optimized fighter-bomber based on the MiG-23BM. Along with the Su-17, the MiG-27 formed one half of the mainstay of the attack force of Tactical Frontal Aviation armies. Between 1991 to 1994 both types were withdrawn from Russian service. The only current MiG-27 operators are Kazakhstan (with three attack regiments) and India. Both operate the MiG-27M Flogger-J variant fitted with PrNK-23M nav/attack system, Pelenga weapons system giving compatibility with precision guided munitions and guided air-to-surface missiles and a Klen (maple) laser range-finder/target tracker.

   The MiG-27s are capable of automatic night or bad weather blind bombing with a very high degree of accuracy. In India HAL has manufactured 165 MiG-27Ms under license (known by MiG as MiG-27Ls). Although it is giving priority to the MiG-21 upgrade, the Indian air force intends to keep its MiG-27 force viable until 2020, and HAL's Nasik plant is currently investigating a substantial MiG-27 upgrade. This will give the ability to launch stand-off weapons and a night attack capability. New equipment includes two multi-function displays, updated head-up display, hands on stick and throttle controls and a ring laser gyro internal navigation system and GPS-based navigation system similar to that fitted to Indian Jaguars. The MiG-27s may also gain an improved electronic warfare suite, in-flight refuelling capability, forward-looking infra-red and a Vicon reconnaissance pod. MiG-27Ms currently equip nine IAF attack squadrons.

 
Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger

Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger

Mikoyan MiG-27 Flogger

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