Mig-23 Flogger in the Middle East : Mikoyan I Gurevich Mig-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973 Until Today
by Tom Cooper
Editor: Helion & Company
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After a long phase of research and development, Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23 finally entered service in the former Soviet Air Force in the early 1970s.Almost immediately, a number of foreign customers pressure Moscow for deliveries of this long standard delay, which should succeed the popular MiG-21 as the standard interceptorAs a result, a large number of MiG-23 fighter and fighter-bombers were exported to five large Arab air forces in the mid-1970sIt is a detailed history of the operational commissioning of this Soviet-made interceptor and its fighter-bombers variants in service in Algerian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Libyan, Syrian and air forces, since 1974While Egypt bought only a handful before its definitive break with Moscow, and Algeria’s limited acquisitions, in Iraq, Libya and Syria continued to purchase advanced variants in significant numbers in the 1980sThe MiG-23s operating units quickly became the backbone of the army services in question, and they saw service combat in a number of intense military conflictsIn the 1980s, they fought against Israeli planes on Lebanon, against Iranians in the Iran-Iraq War, and faced the F-14 US Navy on many broad Libyan occasionsIn 1991 Iraqi MiG-23s were deployed in combat against the coalition led by the F-15sIndeed, in Syria, the various versions of the MiG-23 continue to fly combat operations todayIllustrated by over 110 photographs – many of these never published before – color profiles and a dozen maps, this volume provides a single point of reference, revealing details about the camouflage patterns, the unity of the badges and the aircraft marks
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