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The MiG-28 was a Yuktobanian fighter aircraft built from captured Osean F-5E Tiger II airframes. It was developed to be used in Yuktobanian Air Force combat simulations against Osean aircraft during the Cold War.

Design

The MiG-28 is, in essence, an F-5E; very few differences exist between the two aircraft, if any. Therefore, the MiG-28 retains the F-5E's high speed and stability while also retaining its low mobility and armor.

The major difference between the two aircraft is armament. Instead of Sidewinders and AMRAAMs, the MiG-28 carries R-60s and R-77s, respectively. The dual Pontiac revolver cannon, however, is still present on the MiG-28.

History

In the 1980s, Osea and Yuktobania were in the peak of the Cold War, an armament dispute where both countries were ready for possible conflict.

In 1986, during the Tyumen Dispute, the Yuktobanian Air Force captured three F-5E Tiger IIs from the Kalugan Air Force. These planes were recovered from battle over Yuktobanian territory and later used for evaluation tests and simulated combat between Yuktobanian fighters. This would give rise to a training program referred to as Nakonechnik (Russian: Наконечник, literally "Arrowhead") in which captured fighters would be used as a basis for training aircraft in simulated situations. Other captured airframes as part of Nakonechnik included F-16C Fighting Falcons and F-15C Eagles. The Yuktobanian airframes received local designations and YAF colors; the airframe based on the F-5E, for example, became the MiG-28.

Nakonechnik was in place until the mid-1990s, when the Cold War ended as Osea and Yuktobania focused their attention on the Belkan War. The program ended following the cessation of hostility between the two countries. Some MiG-28 airframes, as well as other Nakonechnik airframes, were incorporated into the Yuktobanian Air Force for full service. Other airframes were either scrapped or sold to foreign mercenary units.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"A lightweight tactical fighter built from stolen airframes, the MiG-28 is used as a training aircraft for certain types of engagements."
—Hangar

How to Unlock

The MiG-28 is unlocked by completing the Kill Rate Gauge of the F-5E Tiger II. Each airframe costs 51,686 credits to purchase.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 32
  • Stability: 60
  • Defense: 43
  • Air-to-Air: 67
  • Air-to-Ground: 37

Special Weapon

Trivia

  • The price of the aircraft references the release date of Top Gun (May 16, 1986).

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