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MIDDLE EAST@WAR 13: MiG-23 FLOGGER IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MIKOYAN i GUREVICH MiG-23 IN SERVICE IN ALGERIA, EGYPT, IRAQ, LIBYA AND SYRIA, 1973 UNTIL TODAY

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Helion & Company 15th May 2018 Paperback 297mm x 210mm 88 pages 110 b/w photos, 12 colour photos, 18 colour profiles, 6-8 maps

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Following a protracted research and development phase, Mikoyan Gurevich’s MiG-23 finally entered service with the former Soviet Air Force in the early 1970s. Almost immediately, a number of foreign customers pressed Moscow for deliveries of this long-overdue type, expected to succeed the popular MiG-21 as a standard interceptor. Correspondingly, large numbers of MiG-23 interceptors and fighter-bombers were exported to five major Arab air forces in the mid-1970s. This is a detailed history of the operational service of this Soviet-manufactured interceptor and its fighter-bomber variants in service with Algerian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Libyan, and Syrian air forces, since 1974. While Egypt purchased only a handful before its final break with Moscow, and Algeria limited related acquisitions, Iraq, Libya and Syria continued purchasing advanced variants in significant numbers through the 1980s. The units operating MiG-23s were soon transformed into the backbone of the military services in question, and they saw combat service in a number of intensive military conflicts. In the 1980s, they fought against Israeli jets over Lebanon, against the Iranians in the Iran-Iraq War, and confronted US Navy’s F-14s on numerous occasions off Libya. In 1991 Iraqi MiG-23s were deployed in combat against the US-led coalition’s F-15s. Indeed, in Syria, different versions of MiG-23 continue flying combat operations today. Illustrated with over 110 photographs – many of these never published before –colour profiles and a dozen maps, this volume provides a unique point of reference, revealing much detail about camouflage patterns, unit insignia and aircraft markings.

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Author Tom Cooper
Publisher Helion and Company
ISBN 9781912390328
Date of Publication 15th May 2018. Not yet published. Pre-order now - we will not charge your credit card until the day your book ships!
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Binding Paperback
Book Size 297mm x 210mm
Number of pages 88 pages
Images 110 b/w photos, 12 colour photos, 18 colour profiles, 6-8 maps
Language English text
SKU HEL0924

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