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* On 6 September 1976, a Soviet pilot, Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, decided to defect to the West. He flew his aircraft, a Mikoyan "MiG-25" interceptor, from Siberia to Japan. The "Foxbat", as it was known in the West, was one of the most advanced aircraft fielded by the USSR to that time, and it had figured prominently in the nightmares of Western military officials.
Analysis of Belenko's MiG-25 showed that it was not quite the miracle machine that had been assumed, which led to a tendency to dismiss it. However, once a balanced view emerged, the MiG-25 was seen as a remarkable machine that was well designed and engineered for its specified roles.
This document provides a short history and description of the MiG-25 and its successor, the "MiG-31 Foxhound".