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    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)

    1965
    Sukhoi Su-15 (Flagon)
    Like the United States and Britain in the post-World War 2 years, the Soviet Union managed a long hi... [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)