MiG-21 "Lazur-M" (Germany)

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This page is about the premium jet fighter MiG-21 "Lazur-M" (Germany). For other versions, see MiG-21 (Family).
◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"
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◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"
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In the mid 1970s, the East German Airforce would start receiving their first MiG-21bis aircraft, to update their fighter-interceptor fleet from the aging MiG-21MFs and PFMs. East Germany would receive exactly 46 of the type, with 14 of them being the "Fishbed-L" variant, equipped with the Lazur-M GCI (Ground Controlled Intercept) guidance system. The other 32 would be the "Fishbed-N" variant, equipped with the Polyot-OI guidance system instead. To differentiate the two variants, the aircraft received unique names in East German service, being called the MiG-21bis Lazur-M and the MiG-21bis-SAU respectively.

Introduced in Update "Apex Predators", the ◊MiG-21bis "Lazur-M" may sound like it has a fancy name, but is virtually identical to its tech tree brother, the MiG-21bis-SAU, with the only difference between these aircraft being the type of guidance system used, which has no effect on the plane or its gameplay in War Thunder. Like its tech tree copy, the MiG-21bis Lazur still very much plays as you would except from the Fishbed family; that being the ability to hit hard and fast against unsuspecting targets, and punishing most aircraft that decide to dogfight you at high speeds. The Lazur-M, just as with the other Fishbeds of this battle rating, relies a lot more on its great flight performance and strong engine providing quick acceleration to win its engagements, rather than relying on its avionics, radar, and missile selection, which are underwhelming compared to its adversaries at this tier.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 13 000 m2 240 km/h
Turn time37 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineTumansky R-25-300
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight10 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 2,177 2,142 16000 37.8 38.8 191.0 179.8 750
Upgraded 2,303 2,240 36.4 37.0 262.0 225.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1365 700 - 500 450 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 600 < 950 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-25-300 1 6,132 kg 371 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel
1,140 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 6,852 kg 7,532 kg 8,232 kg 8,532 kg 9,783 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel MGW
Stationary 4,040 kgf 7,344 kgf 1.07 0.98 0.89 0.86 0.74
Optimal 4,040 kgf
(0 km/h)
9,068 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.32 1.20 1.10 1.06 0.92

Survivability and armour

Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 365 km/h
Gear700 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 980 Sl icon.png
RB5 933 Sl icon.png
SB5 969 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 350 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 110 / 310 / 600 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Mods booster.png
New boosters
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Wings repair
Mods jet engine.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods g suit.png
Mods armor frame.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
Mods air to air missile.png
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Mods pilon bomb.png
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Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) EEGS
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Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-23L (23 mm)

The MiG-21 "Lazur-M" (Germany) is armed with:

  • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon, belly-mounted (250 rpg)
  • 64 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The MiG-21 "Lazur-M" (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5
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100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 4
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1
S-5K rockets 16 16, 32 16, 32 16
S-24 rockets 1 1 1 1
R-3R missiles 1 1 1 1
R-3S missiles 1 1 1 1
R-13M1 missiles 1 1 1 1
R-60MK missiles 1, 2 1 1 1, 2
490 l drop tanks 1 1 1
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 1,300 kg
Maximum permissible wing load: 650 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 570 kg
Default weapon presets
  • 3 x 490 l drop tanks
  • 2 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-3S missiles
  • 4 x R-3R missiles
  • 4 x R-60MK missiles
  • 6 x R-60MK missiles
  • 64 x S-5K rockets (2 x 32)
  • 64 x S-5K rockets (4 x 16)
  • 4 x S-24 rockets
  • 8 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (800 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

Using the speed of the MiG-21's interceptor role and design is key to success in this aircraft. Utilising a "Boom-and-Zoom" playstyle is most effective, however the MiG-21 does have an ace up its sleeve: it turns remarkably well, you can confidentially turn with F-5 Tigers in it. However, the drawback of having small wings is that you lose a lot of your energy when turning, quite like the F-5. In short, play mainly as a Boom-and-Zoom fighter, but use your AoA (Angle of attack in relation to airflow/direction) to your advantage in those tight situations. Always be wary of F-5's as they can pose a threat to your playstyle as they match it and as per usual keep an eye out for those missiles.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful Tumansky R-25 engine with high acceleration, climb rate, and power-to-weight ratio
  • Relatively large air-to-air payload for its tier
  • All-aspect IR AAMs
  • Varieties of air-to-air/ground weapons
  • Improved overall performance to previous Fishbeds


  • Delta wing causes massive speed bleed in turns
  • The R-25 engine has rather high fuel consumption at afterburning
  • Control surfaces lock at higher speeds


The "Lazur-M" (Лазурь-М; Azure-M), also known by its equipment name ARL-SM, was a communication equipment for PVO (Air-Defense Force) jets as part of their land-based air-defense system "Dozduh-1" (Воздух-1; Air-1). Lazur-M was first installed on the MiG-21S and retained on later models of the MiG-21 including the MiG-21bis; these were the base model of earlier MiG-21bis exported to Warsaw Pact countries, and the LSK (East German Air Force) was one of the users. Later deliveries were equipped with the Polyot ILS system (producing the MiG-21bis-SAU; Sistema Avtomaticheskovo Upravleniya, Automatic Landing System).

The default livery in game is Red 872 (build no. 75033151) of JG (Jagdfliegergeschwader)-8, 1.LVD based in Neuhardenberg Marxwalde Airfield (now a regional airport) near Berlin. This aircraft was then numbered 24-27 of Luftwaffe and decommissioned on German Unification Day, and later scrapped in Dresden.[1]



See also

Related development

External links


  1. Högel, Bianca. "Die Mig-21 in DER DDR." DDR MiG-21 Lasur, n.d. https://www.biancahoegel.de/flug/typen/ru/mig/mig-21lazur-ddr.html.

Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
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