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MIG-21FL "1411" SyAAF, early 1970s
General Background
The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 is the world most widely used supersonic fighter which has been used by over 30 countries and 56 air forces. It is the most produced aircraft since World War II with an estimation of over 10,000 in the Soviet Union alone.

The Mig-21 has a top speed of Mach 2 and has proven to be an effective and easy to maintain aircraft in many conflicts. It first achieved renown in the Vietnam War where it posed itself a challenging adversary for more technological advanced aircrafts like the F-105 and F-4 Phantom. The Mig-21 is certainly one of the most famous aircrafts in the world for all times.
The Aircraft
The Syrian Arab Air Force was established in early 1950’s. In 1962-63 the first F-13 MiG-21’s began to arrive. By 1973 Syria had an air force with over 100 MiG-21 aircraft equipping 10 squadrons. On October 6, 1973, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack against Israel with the hopes of taking back the territory they lost to Israel in 1967 during the 6-Day War. This conflict lasted until October 25, 1973 when a truce was reached.

The MiG-21FL is a downgraded variant of the MiG-21PF and meant for the Third World market. It is has the lesser powerful R11F-300 engine. This variant also lacks the ability to carry RS-2US beam-riding missiles and has the basic version of the RP-21 radar. The FL has a wide chord fin as well as a brake chute fairing.
Specifications :
F: Forsazh (Reheat)
L: Lokator (Radar)
Engine: Tumansky R11F-300
Thrust: 38.3/56.4 kN dry/reheat
8600/12680 lbf dry/reheat
Armament: No internal canon
Center Pylon – 1 x PTB-490
Inboard hardpoints – 1 x K-13/R-3S, 1 x UB-16-57U, 1 x FAB-100/250
Avionics: Radio – RSIU-5G
ADF – ARK-10
RWR – SPO-2 Sirena-2
Gunsight – PKI
Radar – R1L
Transponder – SOD-57M Globus-2