Introduction - About DCS:MiG-21
I'm happy to announce my first independent 3rd party module - "DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed" for DCS:World. This new module development is based on the new 3rd party License agreement/support that was previously announced by TFC/Eagle Dynamics. We plan to release the MiG-21Bis in late 2013.
The MiG-21Bis is considered a third-generation, supersonic, jet fighter. It's avionics equipment ensures day and night operations in fair and poor weather conditions. Some 50 countries in over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations a half-century after its maiden flight. The MiG-21 broke a number of aviation records and it is still the most produced supersonic jet aircraft in aviation history.
"DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed" includes both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground capabilities that includes various conventional weapons like missiles, rockets, bombs, and a built in 23mm cannon. "DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed" will also use less widely known weapons such as some advanced air-to-surface guided missiles, retarded and general purpose bombs, and some special devices.
Features of the "DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed":
• Highly detailed six-degrees-of-freedom cockpit with dynamic shadows. Interact with cockpit controls with your mouse like previous DCS products.
• Accurate airframe and realistic 3D cockpit model.
• Detailed modeling of the MiG-21Bis instruments, navigation, electrical, radar, engine, fuel, and weapon systems.
• Russian and English cockpit texts and hints
• Improved and more realistic airplane behaviors that is based on real MiG-21Bis pilot (flight)tests and instructions.
• More than twenty highly detailed aircraft skins with unique stencil texts.
• More than a dozen new deliverable weapons.
"DCS: MiG-21Bis Fishbed” is developed by beczl Studios in association with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics. Further information will be provided as development progresses. I will be providing Work In Progress (WIP) screenshots, videos, and other product information. For actual WIP pics you can check our WIP section as well.
About MiG-21 in general
Development of what would become the MiG-21 began in the early 1950s, when Mikoyan OKB finished a preliminary design study for a prototype designated Ye-1 in 1954. This project was very quickly reworked and the redesign led to the second prototype, the Ye-2. Both these and other early prototypes featured swept wings, the first prototype with delta wings as found on production variants was the Ye-4. The Ye-4 made its maiden flight on 16 June 1955 and made its first public appearance in July 1956. The MiG-21 was the first successful Soviet aircraft combining fighter and interceptor characteristics in a single aircraft. Its basic layout was used for numerous other Soviet designs.
The MiG-21 was the first successful Soviet aircraft combining fighter and interceptor characteristics in a single aircraft. It was a lightweight fighter, achieving Mach 2 with a relatively low-powered afterburning turbojet, and is thus comparable to the American Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter and the French Dassault Mirage III. Like many aircraft designed as interceptors, the MiG-21 had a short range. The issue of the short endurance and low fuel capacity of the MiG-21F, PF, PFM, S/SM and /MF variants — though each had a somewhat greater fuel capacity than its predecessor — led to the development of the MT and SMT variants. These had a range increase of 250 km (155 mi) compared to the MiG-21SM, but at the cost of worsening all other performance figures (such as a lower service ceiling and slower time to altitude). The delta wing, while excellent for a fast-climbing interceptor, meant any form of turning combat led to a rapid loss of speed. However, the light loading of the aircraft could mean that a climb rate of 235 m/s (46,250 ft/min) was possible with a combat-loaded MiG-21BiS, not far short of the performance of the later F-16A.
Given a skilled pilot and capable missiles, it could give a good account of itself against contemporary fighters. It was replaced by the newer variable-geometry MiG-23 and MiG-27 for ground support duties. However, not until the MiG-29 would the Soviet Union ultimately replace the MiG-21 as a maneuvering dogfighter to counter new American air superiority types.The MiG-21 was exported widely and continues to be used. The use of a tail with the delta wing aids stability and control at the extremes of the flight envelope, enhancing safety for lower-skilled pilots. While technologically inferior to the more advanced fighters it often faced, low production and maintenance costs made it a favorite of nations buying Eastern Bloc military hardware.
Several Russian, Israeli and Romanian firms have begun to offer upgrade packages to MiG-21 operators, designed to bring the aircraft up to a modern standard, with greatly upgraded avionics and armaments. Some 50 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations a half-century after its maiden flight. MiG-21 broke number of aviation records and it is still the most produced supersonic jet aircraft in aviation history. The ultimate development of the MiG-21, fitted with the Tumansky R25-300 turbojet engine and a great number of other advances over previous types.
Those MiG-21Bis for the Soviet PVO (Air Defense Force) were equipped with the Lazur GCI system (NATO: "Fishbed-L"), while those for the Soviet Air Force were fitted with the Polyot ILS system (NATO: "Fishbed-N"). It's fitted with instruments and electronic equipment ensuring flights by day and at night under fair and bad weather conditions. MiG-21BIS is considered to be third-generation jet fighter.