MiG-21bis-SAU (Germany)

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▀MiG-21bis-SAU
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▀MiG-21bis-SAU
AB RB SB
11.0 11.3 11.0
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Description

The ▀MiG-21bis-SAU is a rank VII German jet fighter with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/SB) and 11.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Ground Breaking".

The MiG-21bis-SAU is an export version of the Soviet MiG-21bis for the DDR. It is a second-generation jet fighter with small upgrades over the original MiG-21bis found in the Soviet tree.

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
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight10 t

The MiG-21bis-SAU has very nice acceleration, especially at lower speeds, this allows for a quick takeoff roll and quick recovery of energy after a dogfight. It also accelerates the MiG up to and exceeds the airframe limits for top speeds at medium to low altitudes regularly. The MiG-21 has a delta wing, which gives it exceptional agility, nose authority, and raw AOA. Pilots of the MiG-21bis-SAU will find the aircraft capable of "pointing" the nose at the enemy aircraft in most situations, and the raw thrust the MiG has will also allow for a degree of stallfighting. However, as a delta-winged design, it will bleed a lot of speed in high AOA manoeuvres, so prolonged dogfights will not be in the MiG-21bis-SAU's favour against more conventional wing designs.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,177 2,142 16000 37.8 38.8 191.0 179.8 750
Upgraded 2,300 2,237 36.4 37.0 261.0 224.0

Details

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

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 Takeoff
Weight
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 10,000 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 MTOW
Stationary 4,040 kgf 7,344 kgf 1.07 0.98 0.89 0.86 0.73
Optimal 4,040 kgf
(0 km/h)
9,068 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.32 1.20 1.10 1.06 0.91

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 365 km/h
Gear700 km/h
Armour layout for the MiG-21bis-SAU (Germany)
  • 60 mm (64°) Bulletproof glass - Central windshield
  • 10 mm Steel plate - Behind the pilot's head rest

There is barely any armour in the plane to protect the pilot, fuel tanks, or engine. The little armour it has will not save you from a head-on attack with any enemy unless you are lucky.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 300 → 5 395 Sl icon.png
RB9 300 → 15 205 Sl icon.png
SB15 040 → 24 590 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications298 000 Rp icon.png
464 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 060 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 280 / 600 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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ZB-500
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-3S
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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FAB-250
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
UB-16
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-3R
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ns23_belt_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-500
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
UB-32
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-13M
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
ns23_new_gun
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-24
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-60MK
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png

As with other high-ranking jet aircraft, performance, countermeasures, and improved missiles are imperative for the MiG-21bis-SAU. These will allow pilots of the MiG to both survive longer and deal more damage to the enemy team.

The first modification recommended to unlock is Flares/Chaff, at tier 1. Then Compressor for extra acceleration. Afterwards, gaining both the R-3S and R-3R modifications, plus Airframe will lead up to tier 3 modifications. The R-13M missile is recommended as the first modification for tier 3, followed by Wings Repair and Offensive 23 mm. This will allow tier 4 research, and the R-60MK, an all-aspect IR dogfight missile. Fuselage repair, New Boosters, G-suit, Engine, and Cover will finish off performance mods and give MiG-21bis-SAU pilots the best performance possible in the aircraft. Bombs, Rockets, and EFS can come in any order, as the MiG-21bis-SAU is primarily focused on air-to-air combat.

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
Icon GreenCheckmark.png Icon GreenCheckmark.png Icon RedXCross.png Icon RedXCross.png

Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-23L (23 mm)

The MiG-21bis-SAU (Germany) is armed with:

A choice between two presets:

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

The GSh-23L cannon will be familiar to pilots which have already flown the MiG-21MF.

It has relatively low velocity with a high fire-rate, therefore it is recommended for pilots to engage enemies at relatively close range, or enemies that are travelling at a fairly slow speed. Pilots should be mindful that with the ammo capacity of 250 rounds, this gives a trigger time of roughly 4.4 seconds, so trigger discipline will help the aspiring MiG-21bis-SAU pilot. The GSh-23 has high damage output, so even a few rounds will usually cripple or destroy enemy aircraft.

Suspended armament

Main articles: R-3R, R-3S, R-13M1, R-60MK
Main articles: S-5K, S-24

The MiG-21bis-SAU (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-3S missiles
  • 4 x R-3R missiles
  • 4 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-60MK missiles
  • 6 x R-60MK missiles
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 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

The MiG-21bis-SAU can be outfitted with a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. The R-3S and R-3R missiles are very basic missiles, both pulling a maximum of 10Gs and with very limited range. The R-3S is the IR version, while the R-3R is the SARH (Radar) version. The R-3S has very a negligible use case, as the MiG-21Bis-SAU comes with two R-13M stock. It can be used if the pilot simply wishes for two extra missiles however. The R-3R is more useful for pilots that wish to have the capability to engage enemy air targets at a further range headon, though compared to other SARH missiles of the rank, such as the R-24R or AIM-7F, it lacks the potency to reliably dispatch manoeuvring targets. The next missile carried is the R-13M1, which is the missile carried stock and one of the two recommended for use. It has greater range than the R-60MK, especially at high altitude, though it is a less manoeuvrable missile. The R-60MK is the final missile carried by the MiG-21bis-SAU. It is a highly manoeuvrable, all aspect missile perfect for use in close in dogfights. It lacks the range of contemporary missiles such as the AIM-9G or the previously mentioned R-13M1, however it is highly manueverable and will begin quickly pulling off the rail, hitting most targets within around a 2 km area in front of the aircraft. The recommended loadout for most missions will be either 6 of the R-60MK, or two R-13M and 4 R-60MK using the custom loadout feature to give a mix of ranged weapons and more manoeuvrable, dogfight missiles.

Although the primary focus of the MiG-21bis-SAU is for air combat, it is also able to carry a limited selection of anti-ground ordnance. This includes a selection of 100, 250, and 500 kg bombs, along with the ZB-500 Incendiary bombs. As for rockets, it carries the S-5K and S-24 rockets. If pilots wish to use the MiG-21bis-SAU for ground strike, the S-24 rockets are a good choice as the plane also has CCIP for the rockets.

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4
Hardpoints MiG-21bis.png
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
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 570 kg

Usage in battles

The MiG-21bis-SAU will feel similar to the preceding MiG-21MF to its pilots, with even quicker acceleration and higher top speed. When playing the MiG-21bis-SAU, it is recommended to keep in mind some of the strengths and weaknesses of the aircraft. As a delta-winged design, similar to the Mirage family or Draken, the MiG-21bis can pull exceptionally hard, and can effectively "point" the nose wherever its pilot wishes. On the other hand, whilst doing so, a lot of speed is lost and sustained turning will eventually rob the MiG of the energy it had going into a fight. Therefore going into sustained dogfights is not recommended, especially against planes such as the F-5, MiG-23/27, or F-14 Tomcat. All of these planes will have much better energy retention in a sustained turn than the MiG-21bis-SAU, and in a sustained turn will eventually simply have a decisive energy advantage over the MiG. Therefore it is recommended to use the MiG-21s ability to pull inside of enemy aircraft to attempt to fire on the enemy aircraft. If unable to do so, the MiG-21bis should attempt to use the excellent acceleration to reset the fight and try again.

When on the defensive many of the same rules apply. it is recommended to run either flares or mixed countermeasures depending on playstyle. Chaff will help decoy radar-homing missiles such as the AIM-7 or AIM-54, but if pilots prefers flying low, terrain can serve that purpose instead and the extra flares can definitely be useful with standard countermeasures. As previously stated, delta wings bleed a lot of energy while turning. This can be very useful when defending against enemies with better energy retention, as a good MiG-21bis-SAU pilot can use the speed bled by manoeuvres to cause the enemy aircraft to overshoot, and then attempt to use the gun or missiles to take out the enemy. This is the preferred way to go defensive in the MiG-21bis-SAU, as oftentimes most of the enemy aircraft have better energy retention and are usually relatively easy to force an overshoot against.

The one area the MiG-21bis-SAU has an issue with is in BVR (beyond-visual-range) combat. The only radar missile the plane receives is the R-3R, which pales in comparison to the R-24R or AIM-7 that are now very common in high rank air matches. Attempting to challenge planes such as the MiG-23MLD or F-14A at long range and high altitude is not recommended, the MiG-21bis-SAU excels in close range combat and every attempt by pilots should be made to close the range to enemies, and then using the arsenal of shorter ranged, but still highly potent weapons to finish off enemy aircraft.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Stunning acceleration
  • Very good climb rate
  • Good high speed manoeuvrability and can make turns at a high angle of attack
  • Can wield 6 x R-60MKs
  • GSh-23L cannon has 250 rounds (50 more than the MiG-21MF)
  • Access to countermeasures and airbrakes

Cons:

  • Bleeds speed very quickly
  • Bad low speed manoeuvrability
  • Rudder lock above 700 km/h can be frustrating when trying to get guns on target
  • Doesn't respond well to wing damage
  • Can overspeed easy at sea level due to tremendous acceleration.
  • Low muzzle velocity for the GSh-23L cannon.

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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-21PFM · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
  MiG-23M · MiG-23MLD
  MiG-27M · MiG-27K
Export/Licensed  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)
  ▀MiG-15bis · J-2*
  MiG-17AS · J-4* · Shenyang F-5*
  ▀MiG-19S · J-6A*
  ▀MiG-21 SPS-K · ▀MiG-21MF · ▄MiG-21bis · ▀MiG-21bis-SAU · J-7II**
  ▀MiG-23BN · ▀MiG-23MF · ▀MiG-23MLA
  *Licensed and domesticated with Chinese designations.
  **Unlicensed, reverse-engineered and domesticated with Chinese designations.
See Also  Shenyang · Chengdu

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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 A  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a
Me 262 C  Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  ▀F-84F
  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K
  F-104G
  F-4F Early · F-4F
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis
  Lim-5P
  ▀MiG-19S
  ▀MiG-21 SPS-K · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀MiG-21bis-SAU
  ▀MiG-23BN · ▀MiG-23MF · ▀MiG-23MLA
  ▀Su-22UM3K
  ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4