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The MiG-21SMT is a rank VI Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 2180 2152 16000 36.7 37.6 136.4 126.9 750
Upgraded 2318 2240 35.4 36.0 196.3 165.0


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 + -
550 ___ 450 ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 600 < 780 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 3,840 kgf 5,722 kgf

Survivability and armour

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.


Offensive armament

Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.

Suspended armament

Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.

Defensive armament

Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.

Usage in battles

The MiG-21SMT carries on a number of characteristics of its predecessor MiG-21F-13 however it trades a few advantages mainly the immediate maneuverability pulling hard turns quickly, rear visibility from the cockpit is also reduced. However it gains greatly improved thrust, acceleration, rate of climb, energy retention and double the number of weapon hard points. Being primarily a fighter interceptor it easily maintains high speeds in a straight line. Improved thrust now allows the pilot to accelerate during a climb up to 30° from the deck at 1000 into 1100+ km/h. However steep vertical maneuvers as used in the MiG-19 are ill advised. The new radar allows pilots to pick up a distant target while climbing into medium-high altitudes. R-60 excels at intercepting aircraft where other missiles are incapable including those preforming high G maneuvers to evade or those who are relative to you in the side aspect. Enemy aircraft preforming steep vertical maneuvers or are low on energy will struggle to escape it.

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".


  • Highest thrust of all MiG-21 variants
  • excellent acceleration from 1000-1200 km/h
  • R-60 missile is second highest G loading missile in game (can lock on in some side aspect scenarios)
  • maintains speed in turns better than MiG-21F-13
  • much higher rate of fire than earlier cannon armed soviet jets


  • belly mounted cannon can cause shots to go lower than expected
  • less agile than other MiG-21 variants
  • extra care on takeoff and landing must be taken to prevent the ventral fin from hitting the runway
  • using afterburner on the deck can cause the airframe to overspeed and rip near 1300 km/h
  • R-60 has less explosive mass than R-3S
  • Radar is of shorter range than most competitors


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

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

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USSR jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
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Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-17M2
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T