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  1. Third Wire MiG-23 fighters made flyable & updated for SF2

    Third Wire MiG-23 fighters made flyable & updated for SF2
     
    MiG-23M, MiG-23M (85), MiG-23MF, MiG-23ML, MiG-23MLA, MiG-23MLD, MiG-23MLD (Soviet-Afgan War), MiG-23MLDe, MiG-23P, MiG-23P (82), MiG-23MS
     
    This is a follow on from my "Third Wire MiG-23MLD updated & flyable for SF2" mod and completely supersedes it.
     
    - All are flyable with a modified version of Stary's MLD cockpit/ avionics with corrections by Crusader and myself. There are slightly different cockpits/ gunsights depending on the model of aircraft.
    - Wing spoilers are now working as they were always there just not activated. Thanks again Crusader!
    - Opening Canopy.
    - KM-1 Ejection seats added. Grey on most but black for Mig-23MLDe, MiG-23P and MiG-23P (82).
    - Loadouts enhanced and corrected. Some Afghanistan specific ones added.  Use of Kh-25M air-to-surface missile and datalink pod added.
    - Missile positions corrected, especially for the AA-8.
    - Single missile rail for the fuselage AA-8.
    - Improved/ corrected FM.
    - Improved engine sound and afterburner effect.
    - All Mig-23 have an ACM/ boresight radar mode but it is set straight ahead along the gunsight and does not move/ scan. The MLD and P (82) have an ACM/ boresight mode that scans vertically like the F-16 or F-15 etc.
    - MLD, MLDe and P (82) have KDS-23 countermeasure dispenser installed in the centreline drop tank pylon. This is a 12 shot chaff/ flare countermeasure dispenser that could be used once the drop tank had been jettisoned.
    - MLD Leading edge flaps automatically deploy during maneuvering as they did on the MLD with the type 3 wing.
    - MLD Primary and secondary roles expanded to reflect the evolution of the MLD into a more multi role fighter platform.
    - Removed ECM jammer from MLD.
    - Radar data and performance is corrected from the S-23MLA radar to the S-23MLA-II radar for the MLD.
    - Most if not all the exported and Warsaw pack ML aircraft were actually MLA models, this is an error in most publications, model kits and flight sims alike and has only been corrected in recent publications. The ML was operated by the Soviet airforce and by the time the export models were being built the production line had switched to the MLA. This is now corrected in the game.
     All skins updated with cockpit textures and various other minor details.
    - Grey undersides on Soviet Camouflage skins changed from grey to blue/ grey.  Additional dark green added in to the Soviet camouflage of later model MiG-23s. Lots of other texture corrections done.
    - Skins added for Iraqi, Syria (Late), Polish camouflage, Egypt, North Korea, Libya, Soviet desert (in Afghanistan) and Soviet Afghanistan veterans.
    - Corrections to decal size and/ or positions on various skins.
    - Additional MiG-23MLDe variant created. This is the Syrian and Libian specific export model of the MLD which did not have the IFF or aerodynamic enhancements (vortex generators) of the Soviet MLD and had a slightly downgraded radar. Syrian made countermeasure dispensers installed on either side of the tail fin.
    - Additional MiG-23P (82) variant created. This is the Soviet P model that was upgraded to the same standard as the MLD but without the aerodynamic enhancements.
    - Additional MiG-23M (85) variant created. This is a few squadrons of the Soviet M model that had its IFF upgraded some time between 1978 and the early 90's (Same nose IFF antenna as the MLD and P (82).
    - Additional MiG-23MLD (Soviet-Afgan War) variant created. This is the Soviet MLD but reflects the specific loadouts, modifications, countermeasures and markings of the MLD models that served in the Soviet Afgan war.
    - Updated weapons from the RSSW 099 mod.
     
    To Install:
    1, Delete ALL previous TW MiG-23 mods.
    2, Unpack and drop the 2 parts of this download into your main mods folder.
    3, You MUST override when prompted.
     
    Credits:
    - ThirdWire.
    - Crusader.
    - Stary.
    - Snailman.
    - Eburger68.
    - Paladrian.
    - Svetlin
    - Cocas
     
    CombatAce fair agreement applies.
     
    Enjoy,
    Dan (dtmdragon).

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  2. Third Wire MiG-23MLD update & flyable for SF2

    Third Wire MiG-23MLD update & flyable for SF2
    -    Made flyable with the MLD cockpit and avionics available here at CA by Stary 
    -    Leading edge flaps fixed to now automatically deploy during manoeuvring as they did on the MLD with the type 3 wing.
    -    Radar data and performance is corrected from the S-23MLA radar to the S-23MLA-II radar as fitted in the MLD.
    -    KDS-23 countermeasure dispenser installed in the centreline drop tank pylon. This is a 12 shot chaff/ flare countermeasure dispenser that could be used once the drop tank had been jettisoned.
    -    Ejection seat (from ODS mod) and more suitable pilot added.
    -    Canopy can be opened and closed.
    -    Primary and secondary roles expanded to reflect the evolution of the MLD version of the MiG-23 into a more multi role fighter platform.
    -    Loadouts enhanced and corrected. Some Afghanistan specific ones added.
    -    Used of Kh-25M air-to-surface missile and datalink pod added.
    -    Fuselage AA-8 positions corrected.
    -    Removed ECM jammer.
    -    Updated weapons from the RSSW 099 mod.
    -    Various Soviet- Afghan war skins added.
    Drop into your main mods folder to install, OVER-RIDE!!!
    CombatAce fair agreement applies.

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  3. SF2 MiG-23MF fighter- Cockpit, working Mig-23MF HUD, and aircraft

    Included is the fully working MiG-23MF 'Flogger-B', cockpit and working Mig-23MF HUD cockpit converted to SFP2.
     
    This MiG-23MF swing wing fighter saw much combat and claimed multiple kills over the years. The Mig-23/Mig-27 was the most important Soviet fighter type from the mid-to-late 1970s. It was designed to replace the famous MiG-21.
     
    The MiG-23MF was a first generation MiG-23 and was not designed for close-in maneuvering. This would come with the later second generation MiG-23ML ("L"  for lightweight).  However, the MiG-23MF was still formidable if used as a hit and run fighter.
     
    Short takeoff and landing was a major consideration in the case of a NATO vs WARSAW Pact confrontation. Also, the Mig-23 was designed to be able to be able to accept or decline combat against western fighters using hit and run tactics- maneuverability being a secondary consideration. As a result, it was designed to be faster in speed, faster accelerating and faster climbing than most western fighters...in which it mostly suceeded. It was much faster climbing than the F-4 Phantom with a reported initial climb rate of 45,000+ feet per minute.
     
    However, it reportedly had an even higher wing loading than the Phantom of about 94/lbs per sq feet at normal takeoff weight and normal wing sweep. One of the contributing results was reportedly a very poor instantaneous turn rate of 11.5 degrees per second at Mach .9 at 15,093 feet and 8.6 degrees per second at Mach .5 at 15,093 feet (Mike Spick-Illustrated Directory of Fighters). The Mig-21 reportedly had a much better maximum instantaneous turn rate of around 18.9 deg/sec. in some configurations. Although a lot of factors are involved in instantaneous turn rates, it does give a general idea.
     
    It equipped more Soviet fighter and attack regiments than any other Soviet fighter then in service in the 1970s. Over a thousand were estimated to be confronting NATO from both Soviet and WARSAW Pact nations.
     
    This is from the original Mirage Factory (although it has been modified by so many people over the years that it is basically a new aircraft).
     
    This Mig-23MF was a major production model after 1978. It could fire beyond visual range (BVR) missiles even for foreign countries and had a standard internal 23mm gun. Its radar was thought to be broadly comparable to the McDonnell Douglas F4J Phantoms' radar...formidable indeed.
     
    Mig-23s emerged victorious against maneuvering Western-trained Mirage F-1s over Africa on 27 September 1987, so the Mig-23's weapons systems could be effective.
    http://www.acig.org/...ticle_184.shtml
     
    You can download the original Mirage Factory Mig-23 SFP1 package here:
    http://forum.combata...p;showfile=5211
     
    The Mig-23MF was the first major production version and also used largely for export. It saw combat in the Middle East with Syria and reportedly had some F-4 and F-16 kills.
     
    It was a much improved export version after the previous MS version. The Warsaw pact, India, Lybia, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and others used the MF version. It fired radar-guided missiles and so was a BVR threat with its AA-7 Apex missiles.
     
    Pilot report http://www.warbirdso...87/Default.aspx
     
    This was so complicated to make work in SFP2, that I had to end up just making it one complete download. If it wasn't loading or blowing up on the runway, then the HUD was not visible, the pilot was out of his seat, the plane was invisible, or the cockpit was invisible, pieces were flying permanently along side you in flight blocking your view, you were flying sideways, and you could not pick weapons. It took pieces from endless airplanes and projects to finally make it work including parts from SFP2.
     
    To my surprise, -the jewel-, the extremely complex Mig-23MF working HUD from Starfighter in SFP1 actually started working!
     
    Directions:
     
    1) Back up your Mig-23MF folder.
     
    2) Just download the whole filefolder Mig-23MF intact into your SFP2 aircraft folder as one folder....ie into the C:\mydocuments\thirdwire\SFP2\objects\aircraft
     
    3) When asked to overwrite say yes.
     
    -Finished!
     
     
     
    MiG-23M 'Flogger-B' First production fighter
    MiG-23MF 'Flogger-B' Improved MiG-23M with a new radar and an infrared sensor pod, major production model after 1978
     
     
    For strengths, it had incredible acceleration that reportedly equalled the later F-16 and F-15s. It also had an incredible climb rate and almost unmatched speed at low altitudes.
     
    For weaknesses, it had a terribly slow turn, slow rate of roll and high angle of attack limitations and vicious stall characteristics in certain situations. Better keep it fast.
     
    Good tactics in the MF are to sneak in fast at a low altitude, shoot and then run or use your fantastic rate of climb and acceleration in a vertical fight.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    FLIGHT NOTES FROM A MiG-23 PILOT: The Mig-23 had incredible strengths and incredible weaknesses.
     
    WEAKNESSES: For weaknesses, most Mig-23s never could turn or roll very well compared to its enemies and had very heavy controls. Its roll was hurt by its control system (spoilers and a diferential tail and the disconnection of spoilers at any but 16 degrees).
     
    In close combat, the earlier versions in particular were a deathtrap because unless the pilot stayed within certain tight maneuvering limits, it would often lose control and simply crash. Its cockpit visiblility was one of the worst of any fighter. Visibility is life in a dogfight.
     
    It had slushy controls in many areas of its flight regime and its nose would often hunt back and forth. Its unpredictable accelerated stall was often taking ones life into ones hands if attempted. It also had the typical Soviet disadvantage of a very short range. There are reports of its radar not working much of the time and it often not being mission ready.
     
    It is hard to use an aircraft if it is not working.
     
    Red Eagles, Steve Davies "Flying the Mig-23"
     
    http://books.google....result&resnum=4
     
    It is true that later versions had much improved handling/systems. However, I understand that maneuvering limits still existed.
     
    http://dewarbirdraci...87/Default.aspx
     
    http://www.flightglo...20-%200508.html
     
    http://www.warbirdso...87/Default.aspx
     
     
    Thanks to
     
    -The Mirage Factory for the original Mig-23 in SFP1.
    -Lindr2 , for the new external model and for armament options.
    -Armourdave and Sal for orignal SU-17 cockpit.
    -Nele for the superb flight model that shows that the Mig-23 goes straight and up like an arrow, but is a bear in the turning and rolling department and accelerated stall department.
    -column5 Previous Flight Model:
    -Pasko Pilot
    -USAFMTL, Crab_02, Sony Tuckson
    Testing, etc:
    -Starfighter2- for the incredible avionics HUD
    -Wrench- helpful hints on moving around the SFP1 cockpit gages and hints on converting aircraft to SFP2.
    TK and Thirdwire - for SFP1 and the armament and options in the SFP2 version.
     
    Not for payware in anyway. If you develop this more, please quote the authors.
     
    Enjoy!

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  4. SF2 MiG-23MF Flogger "Rakshak" Indian AF

    MiG-23MF Flogger "Rakshak" Indian Air Force
     
    Mod to represent Indian Air Force MiG-23MF Flogger, nicknamed by the Indian Air Force "Rakshak"(Saviour/Protector in Hindi). Meant specifically for use with the SF2 Indo-Pak install.
     
    The MiG-23MF was acquired by the IAF in 1983 in response to Pakistan's acquisition of F-16s.It was the first IAF fighter equipped with BVR missiles(R-23/AA-7). The IAF operated two MiG-23MF squadrons, No. 223 "Tridents" and No. 224 " Warlords". Both squadrons are represented in this mod. No. 224 Sqdn continued to operate the MiG-23MF till 2007, when they retired the MiG-23MF and converted to Jaguars
     
     
    Installation
    Just drop the contents of the file to your Mod folder.
     
     
    Credits
    The Mirage Factory
    lindr2
    Spillone 104
    eburger68
    ghostrider883
    Marcfighter
    howling1(for the original SF1 series Rakshak mod)
    Rafael( whom the model belonged to)
    Indo-Pak mod team for the excellent Indo-Pak mod.
     

    Sandesh "ghostrider883" Kanchan
    July 05, 2012

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