The world’s fastest fighter jet, the MiG-25 (NATO reporting name Foxbat) frightened the US and its NATO allies when it was designed by the Soviet Union, according to the military-themed portal We Are the Mighty.

Its turbojet design makes it possible for the plane to reach a speed of up to 2.8 Mach (around 3,500 km/h, or 2,150 mph) in operational conditions, or even 3.2 Mach (close to 4,000 km/h or 2,450 mph).

The aircraft’s speed combined with its possible manoeuvering capability would have left any western plane far behind.

However, after a Soviet pilot defected to Japan with his MiG-25 in 1976, the bloc tested the plane, learning it didn’t have a look-down, shoot-down radar system, and wasn’t manoeuverable enough to defeat its rivals.

The military aircraft, created in 1964 still remains faster than any other fighter plane even from the fourth and fifth generations.

Source: Sputnik
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MIG 25 Foxbat have the sucess to shot down a US navy F-18 in 1991 and killed the pilot Top Gun pilot Scott Speicher!.. and a Israeli F-15 in 1979 and killed the Pilot LT Guy Golan!..

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Hopefully the traitor got what he deserved.

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That has been known publicly for almost three decades. The “revelations” have been part of the Wiki page about the defector, Viktor Belenko, showing the Japanese and the Americans that the Mig fuselage had a tendency to wear off in hot parts when the jets crossed the mach 2.5 threshold for at least 15 years and counting. Gosh it certainly took some “US media” quite some time to catch up. There has been no such secrets ever since the 2000s even for the general public.