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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "(Fresco)"

Jet Fighter

A Classic, Improved.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "Fresco" single-seat, single-engine fighter was developed by the Soviet design bureau as an improved form of the classic MiG-15. Work began as soon as 1949 with the intent on improving high-speed handling, resulting in a similar design which now incorporated increased sweep of the longer-spanning mainplanes as well as increased surface area of all horizontal surfaces. The MiG-17 went on to find its own level of fame with some 10,649 units produced inside and outside of the Soviet Union. The fighter, introduced in 1952, remains in limited service today despite its early-Cold War roots.
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Mission Roles

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Fly Baby, Fly

New wings were part of the MiG-17's makeup - noted for the third boundary layer fence added on each lengthened mainplane. This was done to enhance control at high-speed, making the MiG-17 a vast improvement over the original MiG-15s.

The Tradition Continued

The MiG-17 retained the MiG-15's formidable all-cannon armament of 1 x 37mm N-37 and 2 x 23mm NR-23 automatic cannons mounted at the nose. A single burst was enough to bring down most any aircraft of the period and could also be used in strafing ground targets.

Global Player

Like the MiG-15 before it, the MiG-17 was quick to establish itself as a favorite among Soviet-aligned countries and allies of the Cold War period. Operators ranged from Afghanistan and Albania to Uganda and Vietnam.

More Than Just Guns

The MiG-17 was evolved, to some degree, as a fighter-bomber, cleared to carry and release air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets, and conventional drop bombs - becoming an all-in-one solution for may services around the globe. A twin-seat trainer form was also realized.


Active, Limited Service (68 yrs)
Mikoyan-Gurevich - Soviet Union / Shenyang - China
10,649 Units
37 Total

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Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Cambodia; China; Republic of the Congo; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Germany (East); Egypt; Ethiopia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Hungary; Indonesia; Iraq; Khmer Republic; Democratic Kampuchea; Madagascar; Mongolia; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; Pakistan; Poland; Romania; Somalia; Soviet Union; Sri Lanka; Syria; Uganda; United States; Vietnam; Yemen (North)

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
MiG-17F: 1 x Klimov VK-1F afterburning turbojet engine developing 6,000lb of thrust.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
684 mph | 1,100 kph | 594 kts
Service Ceiling
54,462 ft | 16,600 m | 10.31 miles
Operational Range
1,255 miles | 2,020 km | 1,091 nm
12,800 ft/min | 3,901 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the MiG-17F production model)
36.94 feet (11.26 meters)
31.59 feet (9.63 meters)
12.47 feet (3.80 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the MiG-17F production model)
8,818 lb (4,000 kg)
13,382 lb (6,070 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the MiG-17F production model)
1 x 37mm Nudelman N-37 automatic cannon in nose (fixed, forward-firing).
2 x 23mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 autocannons in nose (fixed, forward-firing).

2 x 550lb conventional drop bombs OR 2 x UB-16-57 rocket pods (S-5 rockets).

2 x K-5/K-13 Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).
3 x NR-23 automatic cannons. 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-17 ("Fresco") - Base Series Designation.
I-330 - Prototype designation.
MiG-17 ("Fresco-A") - Initial production fighter model; VK-1 turbojet engine.
MiG-17AS - Fighter-bomber variant with provision for rockets and K-13 AAMs.
MiG-17P ("Fresco-B") - All-weather fighter variant; Izumrud radar-equipped.
MiG-17F ("Fresco-C") - Fighter variant with VK-1F turbojet engine.
MiG-17PF ("Fresco-D") - All-weather fighter variant; Izumrud radar-equipped; 3 x 23mm NR-23 automatic cannon armament as standard; VK-1F turbojet engine.
MiG-17PM/PFU - Fighter variant; radar-equipped; support for K-5 AAMs.
MiG-17R - Camera-equipped reconnaissance conversion variant; VK-1F turbojet engine.
MiG-17SN - Experimental platform with side-mounted intakes; nose housing 23mm automatic cannons on trainable mounting; prototype only.
S-104 - Local Czechoslovakian MiG-17 variant.
J-5 - Local Chinese MiG-17 variant of 1956 produced by Shenyang; 1,820 built.
JJ-5 - Twin-seat trainer form of the J-5 (China).
Lim-6 - Local Polish-built variant of the MiG-17F.

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