|Class||Air Superiority Fighter|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very Good|
|Fuel Capacity||3500 L|
|Type||Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|AAM||R-60M Molniya (Infrared)|
|AAM||R-27R Vympel (SemiAct Radar)|
The MiG-23ML is an East German fighter aircraft available to PACT forces.
The MiG-23ML (NATO Reporting Name: FLOGGER-G) is a dedicated air-combat fighter version of the MiG-23MF. It is a single-engine, single-seat, supersonic interceptor first flown in 1976 and delivered from 1978. The MiG-23ML is an upgraded production model with a new R-35F-300 engine, upgraded look-down/shoot-down High Lark radar, and features several changes to the airframe. The type saw a reduction in airframe and radar weight, new infrared search and track (IRST) system, a smaller dorsal fin, and an upgraded radar.
The East German MiG-23ML is a relatively inexpensive air superiority fighter available to East German and REDFOR decks. It is armed with a single GSh-23L cannon, four R-60M Molniya air-to-air missiles, and a pair of R-27R Vympel long-range missiles. Its mix of missiles allows the MiG-23ML to engage enemy aircraft at long range, while also providing good helicopter hunting capabilities. Its good speed gives the type excellent interception characteristics, as it can get to its area of operations quickly to engage enemy strike aircraft.
The major drawbacks of the MiG-23ML are its relatively small long-range missile compliment and poor ECM. While the ML provides the commander with a decent interceptor, it will be quickly outgunned by more advanced Western fighters with longer ranged, more accurate missiles and better defensive ECM. Given its 95 point per aircraft cost, however, the MiG-23ML is a cost-effective fighter with both a long and close range punch, and if employed smartly, can cause significant damage to more expensive enemy assets.