MiG-27M

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This page is about the Soviet jet fighter MiG-27M. For the other MiG-27, see MiG-27K.
MiG-27M
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MiG-27M
AB RB SB
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Description

The MiG-27M is a rank VII Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

The MiG-27 series of attacker aircraft are derivatives of the MiG-23 fighter. While most airframe details are similar, they have new downward-sloping noses with ground attack targeting equipment instead of radars and the air intakes have fixed intake ramps. This MiG-27M variant has access to a wide array of ordnance previously seen on the Su-17M2, such as 500 kg unguided bombs and the Kh-29L laser-guided missile, and new options in the form of the KAB-500 TV-guided bomb and the R-60M all-aspect IR missile. It also has the infamous GSh-6-30 gatling gun with a terrifying burst mass. The MiG-27M is a unique attacker that can defend itself in air combat while raining pain on ground targets through long range precision bomb strikes, close range gun runs, and many things in between.

MiG-27 enthusiasts can look forward to the succeeding MiG-27K with laser-guided bombs and improved targeting systems.

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 200 km/h
Turn time36 s
Max altitude15 000 m
EngineTumansky R-29B-300
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight20 t

This aircraft has an excellent top speed, which means it can speed away from enemy fighters if needed, with flares and chaff assisting in countering incoming missiles. Despite being a heavy aircraft, the MiG-27M has one of the best sustained turning abilities among top-tier jets thanks to its variable swept wing design.

Compared with its fighter jet version, the MiG-23M, the MiG-27M is slightly heavier and has a lower thrust (despite the difference being very little). As a result, the MiG-27M can pull less Gs than the MiG-23M, specifically, it tends to pull one less G than the MiG-23M across all speeds. For example, at 800-900 km/h, the best speed range for these two aircraft to manoeuvre, the MiG-23M can pull 12Gs, whereas the MiG-27M can pull 11Gs. This characteristic, despite seemingly lowering the manoeuvrability of the aircraft, actually improves the experience since both the MiG-23M and MiG-27M break their wings at 12G. As a result, the MiG-23M could risk ripping its wings during manoeuvres, whereas the MiG-27M has no risk of damage.

The MiG-27M, just like the MiG-23M, feels sluggish in manoeuvres. However, despite the bad instantaneous turning and rolling ability, the MiG-27M has exceptional sustained turning and rolling ability for a medium-heavy fighter. At speeds lower than 900 km/h and with the wings turned to forward position, the MiG-27M can outmanoeuvre most top-tier jets, even including the F-5Cs and MiG-21s. At 400 km/h, with the wings set to the most forward position, the MiG-27M somewhat resembles a piston-engine attacker, with superb lift and great sustained turn rate. This is extremely helpful in a 1v1 situation, where you can use this characteristic to trick your enemy into low speed and outmanoeuvre them easily.

To be noted though, the high-speed manoeuvrability of the MiG-27M is not exceptional at all. At supersonic speeds and the wings fully swept back, the MiG-27M can only pull 8Gs of overload, significantly less than the 10 to 11Gs of the F-4Es and the JA-37s. Also, the MiG-27M does not hold its speed well in turns. In such case, it is advised to keep your speed and do less manoeuvres in most times during a battle.

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 2,182 2,172 15000 36.6 36.8 133.9 127.3 750
Upgraded 2,220 2,200 35.4 36.0 177.8 155.0

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 + -
1,420 630 N/A 508 473 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 675 < 650 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-29B-300 1 11,605 kg 419 - 472 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel
1,780 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 12,964 kg 13,912 kg 15,065 kg 16,135 kg 20,760 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel MTOW
Stationary 7,950 kgf 10,208 kgf 0.79 0.73 0.68 0.63 0.49
Optimal 8,268 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
12,633 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
0.97 0.91 0.84 0.78 0.61

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear630 km/h

The plane gets some 10 mm armour behind the pilot, and 9 mm on each side of the pilot. This will not really save you against the firepower faced in top-rank jet battles and is more against the stray machine gun round or shrapnel from ground attacks.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 530 → 5 397 Sl icon.png
RB8 330 → 12 736 Sl icon.png
SB14 830 → 22 675 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications294 000 Rp icon.png
456 000 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
80 / 270 / 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:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 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:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 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:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 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:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
GSh-30-2K_belt_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
ZB-500
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.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 agm missile.png
Kh-23M
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
GSh-30-2K_new_gun
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-250
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
B-8M1
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-25
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod SPPU-22-01
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-500
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 agm missile.png
Kh-29L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
ns23_belt_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 Ge icon.png
Mods optical guided bomb.png
KAB-500Kr
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-60M
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 Ge icon.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-29T
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
600 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-6-30 (30 mm)

The MiG-27M is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon, belly-mounted (300 rpg)
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon (300 rpg) + 72 x countermeasures

The GSh-6-30 is the most powerful cannon mounted on any top-tier aircraft. It uses large 30 mm rounds and has an incredibly high rate of fire at just under 5000 rounds per minute. This means that it will fire about 83 rounds every second! A brief burst will obliterate any aircraft. In a ground attack role, it will perforate thinly armoured targets like light tanks and SPAAs and can even penetrate the roof armour of some MBTs. However, there are a few things to keep in mind: as with other gatling guns, it needs a brief spool-up time before firing that should be accounted for when firing short bursts, and the 300 round ammunition supply can be depleted in no time at all — about 3.6 seconds to be more precise.

The MiG-27M has a good supply of large-calibre countermeasures, launched from a 12-round center pylon dispenser seen on the MiG-23M, as well as twin 30-round dispensers mounted on the wing gloves. Their number and size make it much easier to defend against missiles from enemy aircraft and disrupt the radar locks of SPAA.

Suspended armament

Main articles: R-13M1, R-60M, S-5K, S-8KO, S-24B

The MiG-27M can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles
  • 22 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (2,200 kg total)
  • 7 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (1,750 kg total)
  • 7 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (3,500 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg KAB-500Kr bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 4 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs
  • 128 x S-5K rockets
  • 80 x S-8KO rockets
  • 4 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x Kh-23M missiles
  • 4 x Kh-25ML missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29L missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29T missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hardpoints MiG-27M.png
23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg) 1 1
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 1 4 4 4 1 4
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg KAB-500Kr bombs 1* 1* 1* 1*
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1
S-5K rockets 32 32 32 32
S-8KO rockets 20 20 20 20
S-24B rockets 1 1 1 1
Kh-23M missiles 1 1
Kh-25ML missiles 1* 1* 1* 1*
Kh-29L missiles 1* 1*
Kh-29T missiles 1* 1*
R-13M1 missiles 1 1
R-60M missiles 2 2
Delta-NG 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 700 kg
* KAB-500Kr bombs, Kh-25ML, Kh-29L, and Kh-29T missiles cannot be mixed, only one type may be carried across hardpoints
It is required to equip the Delta-NG targeting pod with the Kh-23M missiles

Usage in battles

Air RB:

Thanks to its great low-altitude performance and powerful cannon armament, the MiG-27M can be a good fighter jet in Air RB. Generally speaking, the best tactic for playing it as a fighter jet is similar to that of the MiG-23M: heading to the left after take-off, keeping the altitude under 500 m, postponing your entry as late as possible, then engaging in head-on combat using the all-aspect R-60Ms and your powerful GSh-6-30 cannon.

Since the MiG-27M has a significant low-altitude speed advantage compared with most of its opponents, it is advised to keep your speed throughout the battle. However, when there's only one or two enemies left, the MiG-27M could quickly become a dogfighter by setting its wing to about 50% angle. In such a setting without load, the MiG-27M can pull 11Gs at 900 km/h, and with even more aggressive dogfighting techniques and less angle for the wing, the MiG-27M is capable of dogfighting light fighters like F-5Cs and MiG-21MFs.

Enemies worth noting:

  • J35Ds, since it is the only aircraft that could certainly win a dogfight against MiG-27M.
  • F-5Es, F-5Cs and MiG-21s, since they are great dogfighters, but it is still possible to defeat them in dogfights.
  • F-4EJ Kai, JA37C, Phantom FG.1/FGR.2, since they have doppler radars and great mid-range missiles.

The MiG-27M could also be played as an attacker in Air RB. When doing so, though, it is still advised to take the 4 R-60Ms and play using the tactic mentioned above to maximize your survivability. Once flanked to the back of the enemy, rush to a base and drop your bombs, then either play it as a fighter jet or ground strike the enemy targets.

Ground RB

The MiG-27M is a great aircraft for ground RB because of its decent manoeuvrability, the variety of guided weapons it can carry, and its GSh-6-30 cannon. To use it effectively, first shoot down any opposing aircraft using the R-60Ms, then deploy whatever weapons you have on-board against tanks. The cannon is also remarkably effective against the thin sides of western MBTs and other lightly armoured targets. Using all your armaments effectively, it is possible to kill quite a few targets in one run. KAB-500s will not follow moving targets so it is recommended to drop them from short ranges which can be difficult due to the loss of control in the targeting mode. Also be careful not to exceed Mach 1 when attempting to drop bombs or they will not drop. Kh-29Ts will track targets but only have a lock and launch range of 5 km. In addition, the Kh-29T loadout does not contain R-60Ms, leaving you vulnerable to rival CAS.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very high top speed at low altitude
  • Good sustained turning ability, could even dogfight F-5Cs at lower speed
  • Variable swept wing design allows impressive performance at any speed
  • Powerful cannon, highly effective at destroying both ground and air targets
  • Wide variety of suspended weapons, including TV-guided bombs
  • The TV-guided weapons lock on to target faster than their NATO counterparts
  • Thanks to its laser targeting system, it is no longer needed to point the nose exactly at the target, just need to point it in the general direction

Cons:

  • Lacks radar and IRST for air-to-air combat
  • Lacks mid-range missiles
  • The cannon has a spool up time before it can be fired
  • The cannon has a paltry ammunition capacity for its rate of fire, requiring stringent trigger discipline
  • Bad instantaneous turn and roll rate, making it hard to catch most windows at high speed
  • R-60Ms are easily defeated by countermeasures
  • KAB-500s do not track target after lock on

History

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Media

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See also

Related development

External links


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