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Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake)

Fighter Aircraft

Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake)

Fighter Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Yakovlev Yak-25 served mainly in the reconnaissance role over the vast Soviet Frontier.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1955
MANUFACTURER(S): Yakovlev - USSR
PRODUCTION: 480
OPERATORS: Soviet Union
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 51.41 feet (15.67 meters)
WIDTH: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
HEIGHT: 14.17 feet (4.32 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 16,094 pounds (7,300 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 21,826 pounds (9,900 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Tumansky RD-9 turbojet engines developing 5,798 lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 631 miles-per-hour (1015 kilometers-per-hour; 548 knots)
RANGE: 1,243 miles (2,000 kilometers; 1,080 nautical miles)
CEILING: 45,932 feet (14,000 meters; 8.70 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 9,800 feet-per-minute (2,987 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



STANDARD:
2 x 37mm cannons

OPTIONAL:
50 x 50mm air-to-air rockets
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Yak-25 - Model Series Designation; prototypes fitted with Mikulin AM-5 engines; production models witted with more powerful Am-5F engines with reheat capability.
• Yak-25 "Flashlight-A" - Initial Production Model Series Designation.
• MiG-25R "Flashlight-B" - Reconnaissance Variant; radome fitted under nose assembly.
• Yak-27 - "Flashlight-C" - Fitted with afterburn-capable VK-9 engines; lengthened nacelles; redesigned nose radome (pointed).
• Yak-26 "Mangrove" - Reconnaissance Aircraft Variant based on the Yak-27; glazed nose assembly.
• Yak-25RV "Mandrake" - Dedicated High-Altitude Reconnaissance Variant.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Yakovlev Yak-25 (Flashlight / Mandrake) Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 2/2/2015. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Yak-25 (NATO codename of "Flashlight") was yet another jet fighter design introduced by the Soviets during the early decades of the Cold War. The system was designed to patrol the vast northern-most portions of the Soviet territories from NATO and American high-level reconnaissance aircraft. Not built as a direct dogfighter (the system was limited to a 2 x 37mm cannon configuration), it served more as a mobile watchtower, complete with impressive endurance. The system would go on to be seen in fighter, reconnaissance and high-level reconnaissance platforms i its production span.

The name of the game with the Yak-25 was loiter time and the chance to utilize the powerful nose-mounted Sokol radar. That radar system itself was a large assembled piece of technology, so much so that the nose cone identifiably appeared elongated and enlarged. Engines were mounted underneath the midwing monoplane design and swept back at 45 degrees. A single vertical stabilizer element was fitted at rear and held the two smaller elevator components. The twin cannon array rested underneath and forward on the fuselage.

The Yak-25 Flashlight was crewed by two personnel and would become the Soviet Union's first radar-equipped jet fighter with all-weather capability. Service for the production line of the Yak-25 would go until 1964, when the entire line would be removed from service supplanted by a new generation of jet-powered designs. The Yak-25 spawned a high-altitude dedicated reconnaissance platform in the form of the Yah-25RV "Mandrake" and another reconnaissance variant in the form of the Yak-26 "Mangrove".




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (631mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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