MiG-21 Fishbed: a case study in Soviet weapons acquisition

by Anna Slomovic

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback35 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

In order to consider the advantages and limitations of evolutionary weapons development and to get a better understanding of the Soviet weapons acquisition system and its products, this paper presents a case study of the MiG-21 aircraft, NATO codename "Fishbed." As background, the author discusses the major driving forces in Soviet weapons acquisition and includes evaluations of the aircraft by Western experts and a comparison between the development timelines of the MiG-21 and some of its Western counterparts.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.