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