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MIG-23 Flogger

2.32 Mach

The MIG-23 was developed by in the late 60's when the Soviet Airforce required a short-takeoff fighter. Predecessors in the Soviet line-up were tactically deficient because they required long runways to deploy. The Flogger addressed this problem with variable-geometry wings, which extend out at low-altitude flight. Among the firsts introduced by this MIG into the Soviet arsenal were side-intakes and beyond-visual-range missiles. The Flogger's low cost led to a production of over 5,000 units, many sold abroad. Today it remains in limited service. Unit cost: $8.7 million, inflation adjusted.