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MIG-25 Foxbat

2.83 Mach

The Foxbat is a Soviet-build interceptor/reconnaissance-bomber developed in the early 60's in reaction to US-build A-12 reconnaissance aircraft, which later became the SR-71. A misunderstanding of the Foxbat's flight capabilities, which were thought to includes high-interoperability dog-fighting, led to the US development of the F-15 Eagle. The MIG-25 is technically capable of reaching in excess of Mach 3, but at the cost of sustained engine damage.