The MiG 242 is an advanced single seat air superiority fighter.
The MiG-242 could be launched from a special zero-zero launch ramp, which could be deployed on Russian air bases, and would elevate 45 degrees before catapulting the aircraft via the use of an electromagnetic rail catapult, while the fighter engaged full afterburners.
The aircraft was discovered to have variable wing geometry and when swept, the wings met up with the tail to form a delta. This offered the MiG-242 both excellent low speed maneuverability and high Mach speed. Maximum speed was 3,600 km/h (Mach 3) at 11,500 metres and was powered by two variable-cycle turbine/ram jet engines. These operated as jet turbines up to Mach 2.5, and as ramjets from Mach 2.1 and up.The key to its versatility was the weapons system, two pods mounted ventrally under the fuselage. These pods could be configured with a variety of weapons, from air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles plus sensor equipment, free-fall bombs and other ordnance. These could be quickly removed and replaced to give the MiG-242 exceptional turn-around times. In the nose were mounted two 30 mm cannon for close range fighting and two ECM pods were mounted in the twin tails.
The Mikoyan MiG-242 appears in the pilot episode of the Gerry Anderson production Joe 90. The models that were actually used for filming the episodes were modified Angel Interceptors, from Anderson's previous series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
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