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Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG
Formerly called
  • OKB-155
  • Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded Moscow, Russia (December 8, 1939 (1939-12-08))
  • Military aircraft
  • Civil airliners
Parent United Aircraft Corporation
Website www.migavia.ru

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (Российская самолетостроительная корпорация «МиГ» Rossyskaya samoletostroitelnaya korporatsiya "MiG"), or RSK MiG, is a Russian aerospace joint stock company. Formerly Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau (Russian: Микоя́н и Гуре́вич, МиГ Mikoyan i Gurevich, MiG), then simply Mikoyan, RSK MiG is a military aircraft design bureau, primarily designing fighter aircraft. Its head office is in Begovoy District, Northern Administrative Okrug, Moscow.[1]

It was formerly a Soviet design bureau, and was founded by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich as "Mikoyan and Gurevich", with the bureau prefix "MiG". Upon Gurevich's death in 1976, Gurevich's name was dropped from the name of the bureau, although the bureau prefix remained "MiG". The firm also operates several machine-building and design bureaus, including the Kamov helicopter plant.

MiG aircraft are a staple of the Soviet and Russian Air Forces, and the Soviet Union sold many of these aircraft within its sphere of influence. They have been used by the militaries of China, North Korea, and North Vietnam in aerial confrontations with American and allied forces, and form part of the air forces of many Arab nations.

In 2006, the Russian government merged 100% of Mikoyan shares with Ilyushin, Irkut, Sukhoi, Tupolev, and Yakovlev as a new company named United Aircraft Corporation.[2] Specifically, Mikoyan and Sukhoi were placed within the same operating unit.[3]

List of MiG aircraft[edit]



  • MiG-1 - 1940 fighter
  • MiG-3 - 1940 fighter and interceptor
  • MiG-9 - 1946 fighter, MiG's first jet
  • MiG-15 - 1947 fighter
  • MiG-17 - 1950 fighter
  • MiG-19 - 1952 fighter, MiG's first supersonic fighter.
  • MiG-21 - 1956 fighter and interceptor that would be widely exported and become the backbone of dozens of air forces.
  • MiG-23 - 1967 fighter and fighter-bomber
  • MiG-25 - 1964 interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft
  • MiG-27 - 1970 ground-attack aircraft derived from the MiG-23.
  • MiG-29 - 1977 air superiority fighter and mulirole fighter
    • MiG-29M, improved variant.
      • MiG-29K - 1988 carrier-based multirole fighter and the naval variant of the MiG-29M.
  • MiG-31 - 1975 interceptor
  • MiG-35 - 2007 multirole fighter and air superiority fighter (based on the MiG-29M)


UAVs and drones[edit]

Naming conventions[edit]

MiGs follow the convention of using odd numbers for fighter aircraft. However, this naming convention is maintained not directly by MiG, but by ordering institutions, such as Ministry of Defence or Council of Ministers' Military-Industrial Commission (while in Soviet Union). The original designations for MiG aircraft are 2- or 3-digit numbers, separated by a dot. 1.44 or 1.42 is an example of original naming. Although the MiG-8 and MiG-110 exist, they are not fighters. The MiG-105 "Spiral" was designed as an orbital interceptor, contemporaneous with the U.S. Air Force's cancelled X-20 Dyna-Soar.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contacts." Mikoyan. Retrieved on 30 August 2011. "Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG" 125284, Russian Federation, Moscow, 1-st Botkinsky drive, 7" – Address in Russian: "125284, Российская Федерация, Москва, 1-й Боткинский проезд, д.7"
  2. ^ "Russian Aircraft Industry Seeks Revival Through Merger." The New York Times. February 22, 2006.
  3. ^ "Ares". www.aviationweek.com. 

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