MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East

Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973 until Today

Tom Cooper

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.
Publication date:
May 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
110 b/w photos, 12 colour photos, 18 colour profiles, 6-8 maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390328

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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£16.95

Overview
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• Providing the first ever authoritative account about MiG-23's service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria
• Based on dozens of interviews with Libyan pilots that flew MiG-23s in combat against US Navy in the Mediterranean, with Iraqi pilots that flew MiG-23s in combat during the Iran-Iraq War, and with Syrian pilots that flew MiG-23s in combat with Israel over Lebanon, in 1982 and afterwards, and in the Syrian Civil War ever since
• The first ever publication providing authentic details on camouflage patterns, markings, and other insignia, as well as units of five major air forces in the Middle East that flew MiG-23s over the last 40 years

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.

REVIEWS

Tom Cooper dispels the myths surrounding the crash and provides the first thorough analysis of events relating to the incident. The level of detail within all chapters is exceptional.
Air Forces Monthly

The conflicts are made well accessible with these books and we do need that in these times with heaps of fake news and other forms of falsification of history!
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