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MiG-21 is a Soviet, supersonic fighter jet designed by Artiom Mikojan and Mikhail Gurievich in the 1950’s. The airplane was produced under Soviet license in Czechoslovakia and India. The fighter plane was used by air forces of 34 countries, including members of the Warsaw Pact, as well as Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Yugoslavia, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and many other countries. After the break-up of the Warsaw Pact also Federal Republic of Germany and Croatia got MiG-21 airplanes.
During the conflict in the Middle East in the 1960’s and 1970’s the fighter was commonly used by the air forces of Egypt, Iraq, Syria in confrontation with Israel. However, F-15 used by the Israeli air force at that time, which, nota bene, was designed to confront Soviet MiG-25, far surpassed MiG-21 in terms of performance. Indian Air Force became the biggest user of the airplane, especially after its successes in the Indian-Pakistani war in 1971.
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