MiG-21MF (Germany)

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RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
▀MiG-21MF
mig-21_mf.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.3/10.3/10.3BR
1 personCrew
9.9 tTake-off weight
11.18 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
16 000 mCeiling
Tumansky R-13-300Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1365 km/hStructural
500 km/hGear
Offensive armament
23 mm GSh-23L cannonWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
3 396 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
64 x S-5K rocketsSetup 1
32 x S-5K rockets
64 x S-5K rockets
Setup 2
4 x S-24 rocketsSetup 3
4 x R-3S air-to-air missilesSetup 4
4 x R-60 air-to-air missilesSetup 5
2 x R-3S air-to-air missiles
64 x S-5K rockets
Setup 6
2 x R-60 air-to-air missiles
64 x S-5K rockets
Setup 7
2 x R-3S air-to-air missiles
2 x S-24 rockets
Setup 8
2 x R-60 air-to-air missiles
2 x S-24 rockets
Setup 9
4 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombSetup 10
2 x R-3S air-to-air missiles
2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bomb
Setup 11
2 x R-60 air-to-air missiles
2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bomb
Setup 12
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png17 000 / 22 746/7 200 / 9 633/2 120 / 2 836Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 800 Ge icon.pngAces
232 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
510 % Sl icon.png240 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage MiG-21MF (Germany).jpg


The ▀MiG-21MF is a rank VI German jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Flight performance

The ▀MiG-21MF has good acceleration and excellent maneuverability. It is second only to the J35 Draken in terms of maneuverability however constant maneuvering will cause it too bleed a lot of speed. However maneuvers do not cause the wings to rip. The acceleration is good at speeds under Mach however once it hits Mach 1, the MiG-21MF can out accelerate everything except the MiG-21SMT. It is also very easy to overspeed and rip in a dive so players should keep an eye on their speed. In terms of payload the mig can carry 2 types of AAMs; the R-3S and the R-60 and two different kinds of unguided rockets; the S5K and the S24 along with an option of 250KG bombs.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,196 2,178 16 000 34.0 35.1 139.6 131.0 750
Upgraded 2295 2,240 32.3 33.0 192.8 165.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1365 500 550 550 450 ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 600 < 780 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-13-300 1 5,860 kg 355 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 29m fuel
1,135 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 6,505 kg 7,455 kg 8,168 kg 9,900 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 29m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,825 kgf 6,483 kgf 1.00 0.87 0.79 0.65
Optimal 3,825 kgf
(0 kph)
6,977 kgf
(1,200 kph)
1.07 0.94 0.85 0.70

Survivability and armour

The MiG-21MF lacks armor plating. There is none around the nose of the aircraft, making head-ons a death sentence. (Though at top rank, they're a bad idea with the 23 mm guns the plane has). The plane also has poor survivability like most jets at 10.3. Two fuel tanks in each wing allows even a stray cannon round to set you ablaze, though the main body of the plane is occasionally able to take a round or two. The wings are susceptible to being sheered off by incoming rounds. In short; getting hit is not something you want to do when playing the MiG-21MF.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-23L (23 mm)

The MiG-21MF (Germany) is armed with:

  • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon, belly-mounted (200 rpg)

Suspended armament

The MiG-21MF (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 96 x S-5K rockets
  • 4 x S-24 rockets
  • 4 x R-3S missiles
  • 4 x R-60 missiles
  • 64 x S-5K rockets + 2 x R-3S missiles
  • 64 x S-5K rockets + 2 x R-60 missiles
  • 2 x S-24 rockets + 2 x R-3S missiles
  • 2 x S-24 rockets + 2 x R-60 missiles
  • 4 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombs + 2 x R-3S missiles (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombs + 2 x R-60 missiles (500 kg total)

Usage in battles

Combining an ability to pull high angle-of-attack turns on demand, excellent acceleration, high top speed, and powerful dogfighting weaponry, the MiG-21MF is a potent air superiority fighter. Good manoeuvrability allows the pilot to easily establish a tailing flight path on most enemies, and from there, it is very hard for the enemy to shake the MiG-21MF off of their tail. The MiG, for its part, can then utilise its powerful R-60 missiles or 23 mm cannons to destroy the enemy with ease.

Note that when using the Mig-21MF's air-to-air missiles, it is best to fire them at around 1-2 km of range. Any less than that, and the missile might not have enough time to manoeuvre and successfully track the enemy. At ranges above 2 km, the missile may not be able to catch a fast-moving target. As for the 23 mm offensive cannons, be careful to practice trigger discipline. A high rate of fire and a low ammo count means that it is only possible to fire the cannons for a few seconds before they need to be reloaded at the airfield.

As a dogfighter, the MiG-21MF excels due to its powerful weaponry, great acceleration, and a good turn rate. It can easily turn with F-4 Phantoms, although the J35D and Mirage IIIC both turn better. Against these two planes, it is best to avoid extended turn fights. Instead, gradually bleed their speed - they both have poor manoeuvring energy retention. At high altitudes, this plane is not as responsive, due to its high wing load and the low air pressure. This makes it much harder to dodge incoming missiles, so it is especially important to keep a high speed when at high altitude.

The MiG-21MF can also easily engage ground targets. Its cannons can destroy lightly armoured vehicles, and its 4 x S-24 rockets are extremely capable at dealing with even the most advanced MBTs. What's more, this plane has access to a ballistic computer which calculates the impact point of cannon shells, rockets, and bombs, making aiming against ground targets a breeze.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor Offensive 23 mm FAB-250
II New boosters Airframe UB-16 R-3S
III Wings repair New 23 mm cannons UB-32
IV G-suit Engine Cover C-24 R-60

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • R-60 missiles have very good tracking and G-tolerance
  • More agile than many high-tier jets
  • Cannons with a high rate of fire
  • Good ground attack loadouts
  • A small profile which is harder to hit

Cons:

  • Low ammunition count
  • Poor energy retention in extended turning engagements
  • Flaps rip easily
  • Poor manoeuvrability at low speeds

History

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Media

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See also

External links

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Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Fighters  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
  I-225
Jet Fighters  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l)
  MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH
  MiG-17
  MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21SMT
Exports / Licensed  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)
  ␗MiG-15bis* · ▀MiG-15bis
  ␗MiG-17* · ▂MiG-17AS · ␗MiG-17F*
  ␗MiG-19P* · ▀MiG-19S
  ▀MiG-21MF · ␗MiG-21F**
  *Licensed and domesticated with Chinese designations.
  **Unlicensed, reverse-engineered and domesticated with Chinese designations.
See Also  Shenyang · Chengdu

Germany jet aircraft
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4