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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-23; NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union. It is considered to belong to the Soviet third-generation jet fighter category, along with similarly aged Soviet fighters such as the MiG-25 "Foxbat". It was the first attempt by the Soviet Union to design look-down/shoot-down radar and one of the first to be armed with beyond visual range missiles. Production started in 1970 and reached large numbers with over 5,000 aircraft built. Today the MiG-23 remains in limited service with various export customers.

The basic design was also used as the basis for the Mikoyan MiG-27, a dedicated ground-attack variant. Among many minor changes, the MiG-27 replaced the MiG-23's nose-mounted radar system with an optical panel holding a laser designator and a TV camera.

Users[edit]

Current Users[edit]

  • Angola
    • Angolan Air Force
  • Cuba
    • Cuban Air Force
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo Air Force
  • Ethiopia
    • Ethiopian Air Force
  • Kazakhstan
    • Kazakh Air Force
  • North Korea
    • North Korean Air Force
  • Sri Lanka
    • Sri Lankan Air Force
  • Sudan
    • Sudanese Air Force
  • Syria
    • Syrian Air Force
  • Zimbabwe
    • Air Force of Zimbabwe

Former Users[edit]

  • Afghanistan
    • Afghan Air Force
  • Algeria
    • Algerian Air Force
  • Belarus
    • Belarusian Air Force
  • Bulgaria
    • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Czech Republic
    • Czech Air Force
  • Czechoslovakia
    • Czechoslovakian Air Force - passed onto Czech Air Force
  • East Germany
    • East German Air Force - passed onto German Air Force
  • Egypt
    • Egyptian Air Force
  • Germany
    • Luftwaffe
  • Hungary
    • Hungarian Air Force
  • India
    • Indian Air Force
  • Iran
    • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • Iraq
    • Iraqi Air Force
  • Ivory Coast
    • Ivory Coast Air Force
  • Libya
    • Libyan Air Force
  • Namibia
    • Namibian Air Force
  • Poland
    • Polish Air Force
  • Romania
    • Romanian Air Force
  • Russia
    • Russian Air Force
  • Somalia
    • Somalian Air Force
  • Soviet Union
    • Soviet Air Force - passed on to successor states
  • Turkmenistan
    • Turkmenistan Air Force
  • Uganda
    • Ugandan Air Force
  • Ukraine
    • Ukrainian Air Force
  • Uzbekistan
    • Uzbekistani Air Force
  • Zambia
    • Zambian Air Force
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