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The Soviet 16th Air Army’s MiG-23MLA Flogger-Gs

Three regiments of the 16th Air Army received factory new MiG-23MLA Flogger-G tactical fighters between 1978 and 1980.

16th Guard Fighter Air Division

  • 33rd Fighter Air Regiment            MiG-23MLA Flogger-G

126th Fighter Air Division

  • 73rd Guard Fighter Air Regiment  MiG-23MLA Flogger-G
  • 833rd Fighter Air Regiment         MiG-23MLA Flogger-G

From the mid-eighties, the basic MiG-23MLA Flogger-G version was upgraded to MLD. The MiG-23MLD Flogger-K was the ultimate fighter variant of the MiG-23 Flogger. The main focus of the upgrade was to improve manoeuvrability. Significant improvements were made in avionics and survivability: the N008 Sapfir-23MLA-2 featured improved modes for look-down/shoot-down and close-in fighting. A new SPO-15L radar warning receiver was installed, along with chaff/flare dispensers. Later the new and very effective Vympel R-73 (NATO: AA-11 "Archer") short-range air-to-air missile was added to inventory.

In 1986, the 33rd regiment was first to receive advanced MiG-29 Fulcrums. The old MiG-23MLA/MLD fighters were handed over to the 773rd Fighter Air Regiment. The photos below were taken of these machines in the second half of the eighties.

773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23MLD Flogger-K with R-24R Apex and R-60M  Aphid 773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23MLD Flogger-K
773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23MLA Flogger-G  with R-24R Apex and R-60M  Aphid 773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23 Floggers
773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23MLA Flogger-G  with R-24R Apex and R-60M  Aphid 773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment, Damgarten / Pütnitz, MiG-23MLD Flogger-K  with R-24R Apex and R-60M  Aphid

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