MiG-23MLA


During 1983 eight MiG-23MLA Floggers were delivered to the 18 IAP at Dobroslavtsi. The MLA, an improved version of the MiG-23ML, is able to carry the R24 BVR-missile. Two examples were lost in a mid-air collision on 07 July, 1985 killing one of the pilots. The six remaining MLAs were withdrawn from use a short while ago. Two of them already reside in a museum.

Picture: bord 070 in the museum of Boyana.


Bulgarian MiG-23MLA numbers

(serialnumbers are prefixed 29603)

linenumber
serialnumber
bord
delivery date
remarks
17327
24865
065
1983
Dobroslavtsi, see note
17328
24866
866
1983
Dobroslavtsi
17329
24867
867
1983
Sofia Mil. Academy Museum
17330?
24868
868
1983
crashed 07 July 1985
17416
24870
070
1983
Boyana Museum, see note
17417
24872
872
1983
Dobroslavtsi
17418?
24874
874
1983
crashed 07 July 1985
17419
24875
875
1983
Dobroslavtsi

Note: aircraft 24865 and 24870 didnot receive bord-numbers 865/870 since these were already in use on the MiG-23MF


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