Specifications for the
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Focus Model: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis (Fishbed)
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1959
Length: 51.71ft (15.76m)
Width: 23.46ft (7.15m)
Height: 13.45ft (4.10m)
Weight (Empty): 11,464lbs (5,200kg)
Weight (MTOW): 17,549lbs (7,960kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Tumansky R-25 turbojet engine generating 16,535lbs of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 1,386mph (2,230kmh; 1,204kts)
Maximum Range: 721miles (1,160km)
Service Ceiling: 59,055ft (18,000m; 11.2miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 58,000 feet per minute (17,678m/min)
1 x 23mm GSh-23 cannon
Maximum ordnance of up to 4,410 lbs on four underwing hardpoints. Can include 2 x K-13A (R-3R) air-to-air missiles, 4 x Molniya R-60 air-to-air missiles or 2 x 1,102 drop bombs.
Ye-1 - One-Off Prototype
Ye-50 - Prototype
Ye-50A (MiG-23U) - Prototype
Ye-2 "Faceplate" - Prototype
Ye-4 "Fishbed" - Prototype
Ye-2A "Faceplate" - Prototype
Ye-5 "Fishbed" - Prototype
Ye-6 - Prototype
Ye-6T - Prototype
Ye-6U - Two-Seat Trainer Prototype
Ye-6V - Prototype
Ye-7SPS - Prototype
Ye-7M - Prototype
Ye-7R - Prototype
Ye-7S - Prototype
MiG-21 - Pre-Production Clear-Weather Interceptor
MiG-21F ("Fishbed-B") - Pre-Production Models; fitted with 2 x 30mm cannons; centerline fuel tank for increased range; 40 examples produced.
MiG-21F-13 ("Fishbed-B") - Refined MiG-21F Models; initial quantitative production service models; fitted with 1 x cannon and provision for 2 x AA-2 "Atoll" air-to-air missiles.
MiG-21FL - Export Dedicated Interceptor of MiG-21PFS sans blown flaps or RATO provision; down spec radar and lower-rated powerplant.
MiG-21PF ("Fishbed-D") - Limited All-Weather Fighter fitted with RP-21 Sapfir search and tracking radar; redesigned nose for R1L radar; improved R-11F2-300 turbojet; improved performance specifications.
MiG-21U ("Mongol") - Two-Seat Conversion Trainer based on MiG-21F-13.
MiG-21R ("Fishbed-N") - Tactical Reconnaissance Model based on the MiG-21PFM; centerline-fitted reconnaissance pod for SLAR, TV and IR sensors; fitted with lighter version of R-13-30 turbojet engine production more power.
MiG-21RF - Reconnaissance Variant based on the MiG-21MF
MiG-21P ("Fishbed-D") - Forward-Opening Single-Piece Canopy
MiG-21P-13 ("Fishbed-D") - Forward-Opening Single-Piece Canopy; overall refinements; sans cannon armament.
MiG-21PFS ("Fishbed-F") - Dedicated Interceptor; minor design elements included blown flaps and RATO capability; two-piece canopy; upgraded radar system; improved engine.
MiG-21PFM ("Fishbed-F") - Improved MiG-21PFS; two-piece canopy; upgraded radar; improved engines.
MiG-21S ("Fishbed-H") - Improved Variant; multi-role fighter fitted with RP-22 radar; ventral cannon pod; enlarged dorsal hump for added fuel; 4 x underwing hardpoints.
MiG-21SM ("Fishbed-H") - Fighter; fitted with ventral cannon pod; improved R-13-300 turbojet engine.
MiG-21SMT - Aerodynamically Refined Variant based on the MiG-21MF; increased fuel capacity via an enlarged dorsal fairing; ECM capability.
MiG-21M ("Fishbed-J") - Produced by HAL of India for export based on MiG-21S.
MiG-21L - Redesigned nose section; fitted with new R1L radar system; movable conical center body assembly mounted in front intake; R-11F2-300 powerplant issued.
MiG-21I ("Fishbed-J") - Wing Testbed
MiG-21US ("Mongol-B") - Two-Seat Conversion Trainer
MiG-21MF ("Fishbed-J") - Export Fighter Model with improved R-13-300 powerplant and improved MTOW; RP-22 radar; air-to-air missile capability across all four pylons.
MiG-21bis ("Fishbed-L / Fishbed-N") - 3rd Generation; improved throughout; Multi-role capabilities; 4 x underwing pylons.
MiG-21bis ("Lazur") - Sub-variant
MiG-21bis SAU - Sub-variant; basis of export MiG-21bis
MiG-21-93 - Modernized Standard offered as an upgrade package; Kopyo Pulse-Doppler radar; upgraded avionics; helmet-mounted target designator; dual-screen HUD; improved flight control system.
MiG-21-2000 - Israel Aerospace Industries export product of modernized MiG-21.
MiG-21 LanceR - Modernized Romanian MiG-21 for air defense; modernization completed by Aerostar SA of Romania and Elbit of Israel; ground attack variant for use with guided "smart" munitions.
MiG-21 LanceR-B - Trainer version of the LanceR; tandem seat cockpit.
MiG-21 LanceR-C - Air Superiority version of the LanceR; Elta EL/M-2032 series radar system; helmet mounted sight; twin liquid-crystal multi-function displays.
MiG-21 "Bison" - Updated Export MiG-21; fitted with Phazotron Kopyo radar system; improved air-to-air capabilities.
MiG-21-97 - MiG-21 upgrade package; fitted with Klimov RD-33 series engines; improved performance and air-to-air capabilities.
MiG-21FL (Type 77) - Indian Production MiG-21s by Hindustan Aeronautics.
Type 88 - Indian Production MiG-21M by Hindustan Aeronautics.
MiG-21-93 - Indian Conversion Trainer Model Designation.
Chengdu J-7 - Chinese license-production of MiG-21 series
Chengdu F-7 - Chinese Export Model Designation for J-7; license-production.
MiG-21F-13 - Czechoslovakian license-production MiG-21.
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