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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 "(Fagot)"

Jet Fighter

Korean War Surprise.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 'Fagot' represented the first jet-powered fighter success for the Soviet Union at a time when both sides raced to achieve aerial dominance in the jet age. The type, introduced in 1949, competed head-to-head with the West's North American F-86 'Sabre' jet fighter during the Korean War of 1950-1953 and went on to become a commercial success for its time - production reaching upwards of 17,310 total units of which nearly 4,200 were produced by Soviet allies. Powerful and deadly, the MiG-15 was not without limitations, which led to the improved MiG-17 'Fresco' as soon as late-1952.
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Sweeping Changes

The MiG-15 utilized swept-back wing mainplanes to achieve enhanced performance over jet-powered, straight-winged types of the Korean War period. This feature, coupled with turbojet technology, immediately outclassed all jet-powered straight-winged types being fielded by the West.

Power from Within

The Klimov VK-1 turbojet engine used in powering the MiG-15 was a derivative of the original British Rolls-Royce 'Nene' series. The Klimov entry was first-run in 1947 and went on to power both the MiG-15 fighter line as well as the Ilyushin IL-28 twin-engine medium bomber of 1950.

Guns, Guns, Guns

Unlike its contemporary rival, the F-86 (which relied on a battery of 6 x 0.50 cal heavy machine guns as primary armament), the Soviets fitted the MiG-15 with more potent weaponry in the form of 1 x 37mm Nudelman N-37 and 2 x 23mm Nudelman-Rukhter NR-23 autocannons at the nose.

Global Success

Its showing in the Korean War solidified the MiG-15 as a proven warfighter, leading to many Soviet-aligned nations acquiring the type throughout the Cold War period. Other allies, such as China, eventually took up local production of the type which led to localized variants and whole new designs based on the original.


Active, Limited Service (72 yrs)
Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB - Soviet Union; Avia - Czechoslovakia; PZL - Poland; Shenyang - China
17,310 Units
42 Total

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Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina (civilian); Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Republic of the Congo; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Germany (East); Egypt; Finland; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau (current operator); Hungary; Indonesia; Iraq; Khmer Republic; Mali; Mongolia; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; North Korea (current operator); North Vietnam; North Yemen; Pakistan; Poland; Romania; Somalia; South Yemen; Soviet Union; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Tanzania; Uganda; United States; Vietnam; Yemen

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
MiG-15bis: 1 x Klimov VK-1 turbojet engine developing 5,950lb of thrust.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
668 mph | 1,075 kph | 580 kts
Cruising Speed
528 mph | 850 kph | 459 kts
Service Ceiling
50,853 ft | 15,500 m | 9.63 miles
Operational Range
1,566 miles | 2,520 km | 1,361 nm
10,080 ft/min | 3,072 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the MiG-15bis production model)
33.14 feet (10.10 meters)
33.14 feet (10.10 meters)
12.14 feet (3.70 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the MiG-15bis production model)
8,113 lb (3,680 kg)
13,459 lb (6,105 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the MiG-15bis production model)
1 x 37mm Nudelman N-37 automatic cannon in nose.
2 x 23mm Nudelman-Rikhter automatic cannons in nose.

2 x 220lb conventional drop bombs held underwing (two hardpoints).

Unguided rockets for ground attacks.

Jettisonable fuel tanks also supported for increased operational ranges. Supported Types:

Automatic Cannon graphic Automatic Cannon(s)
Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel
MiG-15 ('Fagot') - Base Series Designation.
I-310 - Prototype designation.
MiG-15 - Initial production model.
MiG-15P - All-weather interceptor based in the MiG-15bis variant.
MiG-15B - Fighter-bomber form.
MiG-15SP-5 - twin-seat all-weather interceptor based in the MiG-15UTI.
MiG-15T - Target-towing conversion.
MiG-15bis - Improved MiG-15 production variant.
MiG-15bisR - Reconnaissance variant.
MiG-15bisS - Escort fighter variant.
MiG-15bisT - Target-towing conversion.
MiG-15UTI ('Midget') - Twin-seat trainer with dual control scheme.
J-2 - Chinese designation of MiG-15
JJ-2 - Chinese designation of fighter trainer variant (MiG-15UTI).
FT-2 - Chinese designation of JJ-2 export model by Shenyang.
BA-5 - Chinese unmanned target drones converted from J-2 fighter stock.
Lim-1 - Licensed Polish production of MiG-15.
Lim-1A - Licensed Polish production of reconnaissance MiG-15 variant; AFA-21 series camera fit.
Lim-2 - Licensed Polish production of MiG-15bis improved fighter; Lis-2 (VK-1) powerplant.
Lim-2R - Licensed Polish production of MiG-15bis reconnaissance model.
SB Lim-1 - Polish conversion of Lim-1 to MiG-15UTI standard for training; RD-45 turbojet engines.
SB Lim-2 - Polish conversion of SB Lim-1 and Lim-2 aircraft to serve as jet trainers; Lis-1 (VK-1) turbojet engines.
SB Lim-2A - Polish development of twin-seat MiG-15 form to serve as artillery spotters.
S-102 - Licensed Czech MiG-15 fighter with M05 (RD-45) turbojet engines.
S-103 - Licensed Czech MiG-15bis fighter with M06 (VK-1) turbojet engines.
CS-102 - Licensed Czech MiG-15UTI twin-seat, dual-control trainers.

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