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MiG-23ML
Unit: 63 Sqn (probably), IrAF
Serial: 232

No additional information

Artist: © Anatoli.F.Ignatiy
Source: "Aviation and Times" 2006, No.1 (83)

Discussion: Comments
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | 63 Sqn (probably), IrAF | MiG-23ML | 232
05/08/2013

MiG-23ML
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 23254

From 1998, with help of Serbian technicians, the IrAF refurbished a number of MiG-23MLs and these became active in early 1999, challenging US and British aircraft operating in the 'No-Fly Zones' over southern Iraq. This MiG-23ML was one of the examples noticed in operations from airfields around Baghdad, in the summer of 1999.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23ML | 23254
05/08/2013

MiG-23ML
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 23270

In the late 1990s, the IrAF modified a number of available MiG-23MLs through addition of advanced S-3M (SPO-10M) RWR, SO-69 (export variant) transponders and SRZO-2 IFF-transponders. The same aircraft have also got ASO-2 chaff&flare dispensers taken from Iraqi Su-22s - considered not important at the time Iraq was facing solely the air policing operations of the USA and the UK. Another interesting addition to these MiG-23MLs was the capability to carry the French-made Remora ECM-pods, delivered together with Mirage F.1EQs already back in 1984. These pods were carried on port main underwing pylon - as seen here - while the starboard station was 'reserved' for R-24R missiles. MiG-23MLs armed this way were not carrying any R-60, because these were considered too short-ranged for engagements usually fought by these fighters. Evidence found during the 'Orao' affair, in Serbian-held parts of Bosnia and Herzegowina, show that the IrAF MiG-23MLs were overhauled with help of Serbian technicians, starting in 1998 - a fact strongly denied by Iraqi sources.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Discussion: Comments
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23ML | 23270
05/08/2013

MiG-23MS
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 4027

Al-Rashid air base, near Baghdad, October 1980.

Artist: © Mario Golenko
Source: Air Enthusiast. The Historic Aviation Journal. A Fly Past Magazine. Issue 104. March - April 2003.

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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23MS | 4027
05/08/2013

MiG-23MS (early)
Unit: 23 FS (late 84 FS), IrAF
Serial: 4049

Iraq ordered no less but 140 MiG-23MS in 1973, but these orders were soon cut-down to only 20, after the type proved a disappointment in service. This example served with the 23rd Fighter Squadron early during the war with Iran, before being assigned to the 84th FS, in early 1982. In December of the same year it was flown by a defector to Vahdati AB, in Iran: the IrAF realized what happened with this aircraft and - as the Iranians failed to tow it to one of nearby HAS' - only several hours later it was destroyed while on tarmac of Vahdati.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Discussion: Comments
MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | 23 FS (late 84 FS), IrAF | MiG-23MS (early) | 4049
05/08/2013



Artist: unknown
Source: Sent by Ezz Eldin
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | 23 FS (late 84 FS), IrAF | MiG-23MS (early) | 4049
05/08/2013

MiG-23MS
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 23018

This Iraqi MiG-23MS is known to have survived the long war with Iran and hundreds of combat sorties flown under most dangerous circumstances. Later during the war the all IrAF aircraft were reserialled according to the system based on the type of aircraft: this MiG-23MS was re-serialed '23018'.

This MiG-23MS was also shot down by Iranian MIM-23B I-HAWK SAMs on 12 February 1986, near al-Faw, in southern Iraq: together with the Su-22M-3K shown above, it was one of nine Iraqi fighters confirmed shot down by the same IRIAF SAM-site on that morning.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23MS | 23018
05/08/2013

MiG-23MF
Unit: IrAF
Serial: unknown

It remains unclear when the IrAF purchased its first MiG-23MFs, but there are indications that a Soviet-controlled unit of either MiG-23Ms or MiG-23MLDs was operational in Iraq already in October 1980, as well as that an IrAF unit equipped with the MiG-23MF was operational in 1982. They were easy to distinguish from later - and more modern - MiG-23MLs by their darker camouflage pattern.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Discussion: Comments
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23MF
05/08/2013

MiG-23MF
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 23255

Just like the arrival of the first MiG-23MFs, the time at which the Iraqis have got their first MiG-23MLs remains unknown. According to results of most recent researches, the IrAF had at least a squadron of MiG-23MLs based at Qayyarah West AB, already in September/October 1980. It is possible that these aircraft were former mounts of a Soviet AF unit deployed at Shoibiyah AB, in early 1980 (months before the Iraqi invasion of Iran), to escort and defend the Soviet-flown MiG-25s deployed at the same air base.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Discussion: Comments
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23MF | 23255
05/08/2013

MiG-23BN
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 618

Abi-Ubeida AB (near Basrah). During 1980-1988 war. Aircraft build by Irkutsk factory.

Artist: © Sergey Vakhrushev
Source: Sent by M.Zhirokhov

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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23BN | 618
05/08/2013



Artist: unknown
Source: Sent by Vjacheslav Chukmasov
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23BN | 618
05/08/2013

MiG-23BN
Unit: IrAF
Serial: 23160

IrAF MiG-23BNs (or MiG-23BNs upgraded to a standard similar to MiG-23BK) are known to have participated in the first series of strikes against Kuwait, on the morning of 2 August 1990.

Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal

Discussion: Comments
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MiG MiG-23 Flogger | Iraq | IrAF | MiG-23BN | 23160
05/08/2013

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