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Cold War Soviet Interceptors

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/26/2014

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

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There are a total of 16 Cold War Soviet Interceptors in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous and successful of the conf...
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 "Fantail") tactical fighter /...
Thumbnail picture of the Lavochkin La-15 (Fantail)

1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxbat was of a fast breed of ...
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)

1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over 50 air forces around the...
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 the Soviet Union and wen...
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 name of "Foxbat") became ...
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)

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 low-cost, lightweight, mul...
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1964
Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
The Su-11, by any regard, is considered a potent fighter. Based on a further development of the inferior and limited Su-9, th...
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 interceptor with the sole ...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)

1959
Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)
During the Korean War (1950-1953), the age of the jet-powered fighter had arrived. Soviet MiG-15s regularly tangled with Amer...
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 until the latter part of t...
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 type earned its status as...
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 after founding his Tupol...
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 required large, fast and ...
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 Soviet Union to field many ...
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-28 (Brewer / Firebar)

1943
Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)
In line with other classic wartime fighters of World War 2, the Yakovlev-produced Yak-9 was another excellent piston-engine a...
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-9 (Frank)