Military Factory

Cold War Soviet Interceptors

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/30/2015

To prevent - and deter - violations of its airspace during the Cold War, the Soviet military industry produced a bevy of capable interceptor aircraft.





There are a total of (23) Cold War Soviet Interceptors in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1947
Alekseyev I-211
Like other global powers in the post-World War 2 period, the Soviet Union was hard at work at develo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Alekseyev I-211

1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

1949
Lavochkin La-15 (Fantail)
A series of Lavochkin jet-powered fighter prototypes preceded the La-15 (NATO reporting name of "Fan... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lavochkin La-15 (Fantail)

1956
Lavochkin La-250 (Anaconda)
The Lavochkin concern of the Soviet Union became perhaps best known for its contribution of fighters... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lavochkin La-250 (Anaconda)

1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxba... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)

1955
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
As with most global powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union forged a bulk of its jet fig... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)

1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)

1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)

1972
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
Like the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed", the MiG-25 (NATO reporting ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)

1962
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8 (Fishbed) / (MiG-23)
While it may seem that the West was the only power at work on fantastical "x-planes" during the Cold... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-8 (Fishbed) / (MiG-23)

1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
The Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighter" / "Tiger" / "Tiger II" series was designed from the outset as a l... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II

1964
Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
The Su-11, by any regard, is considered a potent fighter. Based on a further development of the infe... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)

1967
Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)
The Su-15 (NATO codename of "Flagon") series of aircraft was designed by the Sukhoi firm as a true i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)

1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)

1959
Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)
During the Korean War (1950-1953), the age of the jet-powered fighter had arrived. Soviet MiG-15s re... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)

1946
Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)
While the concept of the turbojet engine lingered for some time, it was not put into practical use u... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-9 / Su-11 / Su-13 (1946)

1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Spitfire

1942
Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)

1964
Tupolev Tu-28 / Tu-128 (Fiddler)
With the vast territory encompassing the Soviet Union at its peak during the Cold War, its military ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-28 / Tu-128 (Fiddler)

1960
Yakovlev Yak-28 (Brewer / Firebar)
Post-World War 2 swept-wing research - coupled with advanced in turbojet technology - allowed the So... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-28 (Brewer / Firebar)

1948
Yakovlev Yak-30
Like the global powers of the West during the Cold War decades, the Soviet Union moved on rapid test... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-30

1949
Yakovlev Yak-50
Around mid-February of 1949, Soviet Air Force (VVS) officials called for a new lightweight, all-weat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-50

1943
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
In line with other classic wartime fighters of World War 2, the Yakovlev-produced Yak-9 was another ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)