The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-21) is a supersonic fighter jet and interceptor aircraft designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. The MiG-21 was a continuation of Soviet jet fighters, starting with the subsonic MiG-15 and MiG-17, and the supersonic MiG-19. The “Fishbed” *(NATO Codename) first flew in 1956 and entered service in 1959. Its popular nickname was “Balalaika”, from the resemblance to the Russian traditional music instrument.
Leatherneck Simulations (now known as Magnitude 3 LLC) has simulated one of the most immersive and influential Cold War jets of its time. The fuselage shakes and rattles as the wings desperately struggle to generate lift, the pitot probe flutters, the afterburner kicks like being hit by a truck… It’s one of the most delightful experiences I’ve had in all my years spent flying flight simulators. I’ve also had plenty of scary moments; merciless engine flameouts, brutal stalls, low visibility landings at breakneck speed… The aircraft is a temperamental beast that will absolutely attempt to murder you if you don’t fly within its prescribed parameters.
The cockpit is as russian as it gets; full of switches spread everywhere, cramped and uncomfortable, and with very limited canopy visibility. Space is a luxury in this plane. The best way I can describe this very specific “feeling” is that you are basically a meat bag strapped on a rocket ship taking you to hell and back. The DCS MiG-21bis is both a terrifying and an incredibly rewarding experience. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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Table of Contents
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & EQUIPMENT
PART 4 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 5 – TAXI & TAKEOFF
PART 6 – LANDING
PART 7 – ENGINE & FUEL MANAGEMENT
PART 8 – AIRCRAFT LIMITATIONS
PART 9 – RP-22 RADAR OPERATION & IFF
PART 10 – OFFENCE: WEAPONS & ARMAMENT
PART 11 – DEFENCE: RWR AND COUNTERMEASURES
PART 12 – R-802G RADIO
PART 13 – SAU AUTOPILOT
PART 14 – RADIO NAVIGATION & PRECISION LANDING
PART 15 – INTERCEPT TACTICS
PART 16 – OTHER RESOURCES
Last Updated: 5/02/2022
-5/02/2022: Removed incorrect flaps limitations and minor inaccuracies in the Introduction section
-3/06/2021: Corrected typos
-1/06/2021: Complete Guide Overhaul
-14/09/2019: Updated cockpit description section, modified Engine & Fuel Management section
-09/04/2019: Added RSBN Cloud Penetration Mode tutorial
-24/03/2019: Clarified RSBN and PRMG tutorials
-12/03/2016: Initial Release