M-21 Air - target. First flight: 1967 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photos from the personal collection of Kostas Panitsidis


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Serial production: since 1985

The highly maneuverable radio-controlled target M-21 (M-21M) was developed on the basis of the MiG-21PF. The equipment was partially removed from the aircraft and replaced with special equipment:

-automatic control system with autopilot AP-17 (installed in the forward fuselage)

-chaff and flare / signal-flare launcher

-equipment for registering the magnitude of a miss and the fact of a hit

-onboard equipment for external trajectory measurements

-tracer for daytime observation.

 

In 1985-2004 Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant reworked 150 old MiG-21PF and PFM into unmanned aerial Targets M-21 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

In 1985-2004 Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant reworked 150 old MiG-21PF and PFM into unmanned aerial Targets M-21.

The maximum speed of the target UAV at high altitudes (10.000 - 11.000 m) reached 1800 km/h, with a maximum flight duration of 106 minutes and could maneuver with overloads up to 8.5 g. M-21 (M-21M) can take off both from unpaved and concrete runways.

 


THREE-VIEW DRAWING

M-21 (M-21M) © Konstantinos Panitsidis 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER OKB MiG
COUNTRY Russia
TYPE Unmanned Aerial Target
CREW -
POWER-PLANT One jet engine R-11F2-300
Thrust, kgf 1x6.120
DIMENSIONS  
Length, m 14,10
Height, m 4,71
Wing span, m 7,15
Wing area, m2 23,00
WEIGHT  
Maximum take-off, kg 8.400
Normal take-off, kg -
Empty aircraft, kg 5.150
Internal fuel, kg 2.200
PERFORMANCE  
Maximum speed, km/h 1800
Flight endurance, min 106
Service ceiling, m 14.400
Application height range, m 50-14.400
Maximum overload, g 8,5
Preparation time at the technical position for departure, min 40
ARMAMENT Removed and replaced.

 
 


PHOTOS Unmanned Aerial Target M-21 (MiG-21E, type 94M). Oleg Antonov State Aviation Museum, Ukraine, Kyiv.