The MiG-25 (NATO Codename “Foxbat”) is a twin-engine high altitude jet interceptor that was manufactured during the Cold War. When this aircraft was first heard of by NATO generals, there wasn’t much known about it. In fact, they didn’t even know what it looked like. As images arrived, it was speculated that this new aircraft was a very agile, very fast fighter. They named it “Foxbat” with the tradition of naming Fighter aircraft with a name starting with “F” and Bombers with names starting with “B”. However, they were wrong about the agility.
The MiG-25 was a balls-out fast as hell interceptor, designed originally to counter the American B-70, which never became anything, and was re-purposed to intercept the American SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. This aircraft was actually what spurred the F-15’s pricey production, as the American military recognized this as such a threat that a new aircraft was needed just to combat it, or at least, it’s perceived threat at the time.
The MiG-25 saw well over 1,000+ produced, with models covering the traditional Interceptor role (MiG-25/MiG-25A, MiG-25PD, MiG-25PDS), reconnaissance (MiG-25B/ MiG-25R, MiG-25RBK), Training (MiG-25C/MiG-25PU), Bombing (MiG-25RB), Electronic Intelligence (MiG-25RBT), and SAM Suppression (MiG-25BM)
let’s not ignore the fact that those two gigantic afterburners are thicker than a breadline in 1960’s Ukraine. God damn the ass is fat.