MiG-23MF (Germany)

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▀MiG-23MF
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GarageImage MiG-23MF (Germany).jpg
ArtImage MiG-23MF (Germany).png
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▀MiG-23MF
AB RB SB
11.0 11.0 11.0
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Description

The ▀MiG-23MF is a gift rank VII German jet fighter with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Winged Lions" as a reward for the 2021 Operation W.I.N.T.E.R. event.

The MiG-23MF is an export modification of the Soviet MiG-23M. In this modification, the avionics were changed in favour of more budgetary and somewhat simplified systems. The MiG-23MF was delivered to all the main countries of the Warsaw Pact, as well as to the Arab states of the Middle East, Africa, India and Cuba.

The MIG-23MF inherits all the main characteristics from the original - good top speed, a very good climb rate, a variable sweep wing and a large array of weaponry. The disadvantages also remained: a limited number of countermeasures, a limited number of weapon suspension nodes and rather mediocre manoeuvrability at transonic speeds.

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 358 km/h
Turn time35 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineTumansky R-29-300
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight20 t
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 2,339 2,329 16000 35.6 35.6 147.4 140.4 750
Upgraded 2,380 2,358 34.5 35.0 194.4 170.0

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 + -
1470 630 N/A 508 473 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 665 < 650 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-29-300 1 11,155 kg 395 - 445 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 35m fuel
1,780 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 12,367 kg 13,462 kg 14,615 kg 15,195 kg 18,400 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 35m fuel MTOW
Stationary 7,950 kgf 10,494 kgf 0.85 0.78 0.72 0.69 0.57
Optimal 8,268 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
12,987 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
1.05 0.96 0.89 0.85 0.71

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear630 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 costBasic → Reference
AB3 340 → 5 524 Sl icon.png
RB7 720 → 12 768 Sl icon.png
SB11 900 → 19 682 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications295 000 Rp icon.png
458 000 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
110 / 380 / 600 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
ns23_belt_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
UB-16
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-3S
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
OFAB-100
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
UB-32
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-13M
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
ns23_new_gun
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-250
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-24
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-60MK
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
ZB-500
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-500
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-23M
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-23R/T
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png

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-23MF (Germany) is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon, belly-mounted (200 rpg)
    • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon + 12 x large calibre countermeasures

Suspended armament

Main articles: R-3S, R-13M1, R-23R, R-23T, R-60MK
Main articles: Kh-23M, S-5K, S-24B

The MiG-23MF (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-3S missiles
  • 6 x R-60MK missiles
  • 2 x R-23R missiles
  • 2 x R-23T missiles
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 4 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x Kh-23M missiles
  • 16 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4
Hardpoints MiG-23MLA (Germany).png
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 4 4 4
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1
S-5K rockets 16, 32 16 16 16, 32
S-24B rockets 1 1 1 1
Kh-23M missiles 1* 1*
R-3S missiles 1 1 1 1
R-13M1 missiles 1 1 1 1
R-23R missiles 1 1
R-23T missiles 1 1
R-60MK missiles 1 2 2 1
Delta-NG 1*
* It is required to equip the Delta-NG targeting pod with the Kh-23M missiles
R-23R and R-23T missiles cannot be mixed, only one type may be carried across hardpoints

Usage in battles

Air battles

Low altitude, high speed, side of the map. Try to get as much speed as possible maintaining a very low altitude and go to the right if you want a more head-on engagement or to the left if you want a side/back of the enemy attack position (in a majority of maps players go to their left). Better used with a squadron, the MiG-23MF can eliminate several enemy aircraft if played right with 3 teammates and using the all-aspect IR-guided R-23T missile.

High altitude, high speed, together with your team, BVR. Fly along with your team, maintain a high altitude until all enemy aircraft are below you, then make surprise attacks on enemies that are busy, normally use the R-23R to destroy the high-altitude F-4s or F-104s with BVR missiles.

No matter which tactic you choose, it is recommended to engage your enemy from their front hemisphere, since you can carry all-aspect IR missiles. This way it leaves your enemy less time to react and dodge the missiles. Also, since both the R-60Ms and the R-23Ts have a relatively wide FOV, it is recommended to lock the enemy using your IRST before engaging the missile lock to slave the missile, and better utilise their wide FOV. Only use the R-60Ms at close range, around 1.5 km. They perform best under such range, and it also gives your enemy less reaction time to release the countermeasures, since R-60Ms are easily tricked by flares.

When in a 1-vs-1 situation, try to use your great low-speed performance to trick the enemy into low speeds, especially when against Phantoms. When your speed drops below 400 km/h, manually control the wing to the most frontal position to improve your manoeuvrability.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Relatively high cruising and top speeds
  • Extremely good climb rate
  • Manoeuvres better than most of its opponents (such as the Phantoms and other MiG-23s/27s)
  • Excellent air-to-air payload, having a wide array of missiles for almost all situations
  • Decent air-to-ground payload available
  • Large calibre countermeasures are very effective, one to two salvos will be required to evade any missile
  • Stock payload includes 2 R-13M1 AAMs
  • Can use its radar ballistic computer to hit targets with the cannon beyond the aim assist range (770 m)
  • CCIP for rockets allows to deliver quick and very accurate rocket bursts at designated targets, especially in mixed battles

Cons:

  • Underwhelming instantaneous turn rate, cannot pull some extreme manoeuvres easily
  • Somewhat prone to stalling, especially after getting hit in one of the wings
  • Loses quite a lot of speed in turns
  • Bleeds a large amount of energy with its wings swept
  • Relatively low countermeasures count (12)
  • Low ammunition count and low muzzle velocity for the GSh-23L cannon
  • Negative-G manoeuvres at high speeds could cause a wing rip, even for a few seconds

History

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Media

Videos
Skins

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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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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

Winter events
2021  Operation W.I.N.T.E.R.
Pilot stars  C. 202D · ▀MiG-23MF
Tanker stars  A.C.I · AGS
Sailor stars  IJN Hayanami · MPK Pr.201K
2020  Operation W.I.N.T.E.R.
Pilot stars  Ro.57 Quadriarma · MiG-21PFM
Tanker stars  E.B.R. (1954) · Class 3 (P)
Sailor stars  Type K-8 No.13 · USS Baltimore
2019  Operation F.R.O.S.T.
Pilot stars  TIS MA · J6K1
Tanker stars  QF 3.7 Ram · ▃Merkava Mk.2B
Sailor stars  PT-811 · Jaguar
2018  Festive Quest
Pilot stars  M.B.152C1 · Fw 190 C
Tanker stars  SU-85A · T30
Christmas Lights  P-43A-1 · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
2017  Festive Quest
Pilot christmas toys  P-40C · NC.900
Tanker christmas toys  AEC Mk II · Ersatz M10
Christmas Lights  Fw 189 A-1 · KV-2 (1940)
2016  Winter Holiday
Pilot stages  Ki-21-I hei · Me 262 A-2a
Tanker stages  ▃LVT(A)(4) (ZIS-2) · ▂Type 62
2015  War Thunder Fulfills Your Wishes!
Pilot reward  ▂P-63C-5
Tanker reward  VK 45.01 (P)
2014  Holiday War Thunder Marathon!
Pilot reward  I-301
Tanker reward  M8A1 GMC
2013  Winter Magic!
Rewards  TB-3M-17-32 · XF5F