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    MiG-25 'Foxbat' Interceptor



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    Re: MiG-25 'Foxbat' Interceptor

    Post  nastle77 on Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:44 pm

    Giulio wrote:If the Mig-25 is making good use of is lead in altitude and speed, only an F-15 could be a danger. The F-4 has no chances at all. And also an F-15 he has to run and climb in a hurry, because of the altitude of the Mig-25. At that altitude the F-15's maneuverability does not matter. The F-15 has to climb and then go down and, I think, without drop tanks.

    but if the f-15 is the attacking strike fighter the mig-25 will have to go down to its level to intercept it ? the ground clutter will make its SARH missiles useless but the IR R-40 still have a chance ?

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    Re: MiG-25 'Foxbat' Interceptor

    Post  GarryB on Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:14 am

    What makes you think SARH missiles don't work against low flying targets?

    The tests of the R-33 were from 6km altitude and a 20km distant target at 20m altitude and they got kills.

    Ground clutter is a problem for scanning... not tracking.

    The MiG-25 is an interceptor and the only two aircraft in the same class are the F-14D and MiG-31.

    Manoeuvre performance is not really relevant with interceptions... for the F-15E model dumping weapons means automatic mission kill so MiG can retire early from the fight.

    Of course talking about MiG-25 vs f-15 is like talking about Su-35 against C-17... if the job is dogfight the F-15 and Su-35 would win because they are dogfighters. The MiG-25 however would be rather more effective in the role of intercepting threats like SR-71 or valkerie bombers.

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    Re: MiG-25 'Foxbat' Interceptor

    Post  Giulio on Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:55 am

    And wich kind of F-15 is attacking? F-15E? The F-15E can not drop in flight its conformal fuel tanks. The F-15a and C are very dangerous, but at the Mig-25 altitude, there is not air, so the F-15's maneuverability and engines are disadvantaged. The F-15 reach that altitudes in zoom climb, non in ordinary level flight. And the Mig-25 can launch missiles and then escape at mach-2,8 speed, so first you have to avoid missiles and then to chase if you can. (The high speed is also a defensive weapon). Meantime, its colleague, the one you had forgotten, he shots down you.

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