Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA5605 MiG-25PD “Foxbat” 5th Aerial Squadron AF, Tiyaz AB, 1985. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The MiG-25 “Foxbat” is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The prototype flew in 1964 and entered service in 1970 with an operational speed of Mach 2.83 but if needed Mach 3.2 possibly damaging the engines. The MiG-25 caused concern for the U.S. who demanded increases in the performance of the F-15 Eagle under development. The MiG-25s large wings gave the impression of a highly weight of the stainless steel used to manufacture the MiG-25.weight of the stainless steel used to manufacture the MiG-25.
Worried about the possible downfall of the Syrian Government the Soviet Union signed an agreement and began to supply arms and aircraft to the Syrian military in April 1978. The MiG-25PD Foxbat E was being delivered as well as MiG-23MF. MiG-25 Foxbat As were being upgraded to Foxbat E standards and were called MiG-25PDS. Throughout
the 1980s Syrian had numerous encounters with Israeli fighters. Since the 1990s MiG-25PDs have been concentrated at Tiyaz in central Syria with the 5th Squadron and others transferring their MiG-25PDs to the 1st Squadron.