Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973 until Today
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|Auteur 1||Tom Cooper|
|Date de publication||May 2018|
|Illustrations||110 b/w photos, 12 colour photos, 18 colour profiles, 6-8 maps|
|Editeur||Helion & Company|
• 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.