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The MiG-21bis Fishbed is a fighter jet that is seen throughout the Ace Combat series.

History

Strangereal

The MiG-21bis served with multiple nations in several conflicts in Strangereal. During the Belkan War, the Belkan Air Force deployed MiG-21s on the stable and low intensity eastern front of the conflict, although it was still the choice aircraft for several famous Belkan aces for front line fighting.

The Federal Erusea Air Force used the aircraft during the early part of the Continental War.

During its covert reconnaissance attempts against Osea prior to the Circum-Pacific War, Yuktobania used unmarked MiG-21s to harass interfering Osean aircraft.

MiG-21s were fielded in the Lighthouse War, MiG-21s were operated both by the Osean Air Defense Force's 444th Fighter Squadron as well as the Erusean Air Force, especially during the war's opening stages.

Assault Horizon universe

Blatnoi provided MiG-21s to the SRN insurgency as part of its plot to overthrow the Russian government. It was their only asset against NATO's Task Force 108, during which is faired poorly.

Infinity universe

Thanks to Advanced Automated Aviation, the MiG-21bis rose to fame once more in the late 2010s since they were some of the cheapest aircraft to reproduce. Arrows Air Defense and Security acquired a number of these, allowing Viper to use one. The ace pilot heavily customized it using the majority of his earnings from operations.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A classically-designed small, low-weight fighter combining delta wings and horizontal tail wings. White its tricky controls ask a lot of the pilot, it boasts an impressive war record. It also has a number of nicknames on account of its striking appearance in the sky."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The MiG-21bis is unlocked automatically following completion of Campaign Mission 4, "Rescue".

Statistics

Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 42
ARMS: 42
MISC: 42

Named Pilots

  • Huang Xuan Tai (PYRO)

Skins

  1. Osea: All-over white with green tail tip
  2. Erusea: Dark Green, Light Green, and Brown three-tone camouflage
  3. Special: Red upper fuselage with white lower fuselage
  4. Mage: Osea skin with Mage Squadron markings
  5. Spare: Osea skin with Spare Squadron markings
  6. Strider: Osea skin with Strider Squadron markings

Gallery

Ace Combat Infinity

"An old Soviet Union fighter created in the pursuit of smaller size, lighter weight and lower costs. While it is old, with dubious electrical equipment and weapon carrying capabilities, its light weight provides excellent speed capabilities. However, due to low stability when rolling, it takes a while to become accustomed to handling it. Known by the NATO codename of "Fishbed", more than 10,000 were produced (including variants) and distributed to the countries of the old Eastern Bloc, making it an extremely well selling fighter."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The MiG-21bis is available for research on the Aircraft Tree immediately when logging into the game.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 375 F E F F+ F F 12,000
2 408 F+ E+ F+ E F F 1,800
3 441 F+ E+ F+ E F+ F+ 3,750
4 474 E D E E+ F+ E 6,900
5 507 E+ D E E+ E E 12,750
6 540 E+ D+ E D E E+ 72,000
7 573 D C E+ D E D 37,800
8 606 D C E+ D+ E D+ 87,000
9 639 D+ C+ E+ D+ E C 292,500
10 672 D+ C+ D D+ E C 528,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 719 C B D C E+ C+ 783,360
12 766 C+ B+ D+ C+ E+ B 963,900
13 813 B A D+ B E+ B+ 1,356,600
14 860 B+ A+ C B D A 2,030,400
15 907 B+ S C B+ D A 2,688,000
16 966 A S+ C+ A D+ A+ 3,990,600
17 1025 A+ S+ C+ A+ D+ S 5,070,000
18 1084 S S+ B S D+ S+ 5,700,000
19 1143 S+ S+ B S+ C S+ 7,284,000
20 1202 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 9,186,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL HPAA MGP SAAM
1 143 72 6
2 157 76 8
3 171 80 10
4 185 86 12 350
5 200 92 14 400
6 214 98 16 500
7 228 104 17 550 13
8 243 110 18 600 14
9 257 116 19 650 15
10 272 122 20 700 16
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL HPAA MGP SAAM
11 286 126 21 750 17
12 300 130 22 800 18
13 315 134 23 850 19
14 329 138 24 900 20
15 344 142 26 1000 22
16 357 144 27 1050 23
17 370 146 28 1100 24
18 383 148 29 1150 25
19 396 150 30 1200 26
20 410 152 32 1300 28

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 11 / 38 9 / 38 10 / 38
Lv.6-14 13 / 40 11 / 40 12 / 40
Lv.15-19 14 / 41 12 / 41 13 / 41
Lv.20 15 / 42 13 / 42 14 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Balalaika
  • Lv.10: Mass Production Master
  • Lv.15: Missile Lover's Worst Enemy
  • Lv.20: Living Fossil

Skins

  • Default: Standard gray paint
  • Event Skin #01: Dark green and brown camouflage
  • Event Skin #02: Israeli Aircraft Industries MiG-21-93 Fishbed paint scheme
  • Event Skin #03: Czech Air Force MiG-21MFN paint scheme

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"A fighter created by the former Soviet Union in the pursuit of small size, light weight, and low cost. Its outdated electronic equipment and weapons equipping performance are unreliable, but its light weight gives it excellent speed performance. However, stability during high speed rolls is low, so a high level of flight experience is required. Called by the NATO codename "Fishbed", more than 10,000 of this hugely popular fighter were deployed by former Eastern Bloc nations."
― Hangar description

How to Unlock

The aircraft is available upon aircraft selection for Inferno.

Statistics

Speed: Medium
Mobility: Medium
Stability: Low
Fire Power: Medium
Defense: Low

Weapons

Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missile
Machine Gun Pod

Named Pilots

Baobab (Oil Field)
Mamba (Oil Field)
Savannah (Oil Field)
Alikuwa (East African Town)
Roho (East African Town)
Mwanga (East African Town)

Colors

Color 1: Light gray paint with green tail-fin.
Color 2: Green and brown camouflage.
Color 3: MiG-21-93 color scheme from IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries).

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"A small, single-engine fighter, codenamed "Fishbed." While its electronics and weapons capability are outdated, it makes up for it with high maneuverability and low cost."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 1: Glacial Skies. Costs 8,500 credits to purchase.

Statistics

Speed: 73
Mobility: 35
Stability: 29
Defense: 42
Air-to-Air: 22
Air-to-Ground: 47

Weapons

MSSL x56
QAAM x6
RKTL x8
UGB x10
NAMED ACES
Glueck
Huckebein
Eisente

Colors

Standard: Plain white paint with green tail tip
Mercenary: Dual green tone forest camouflage
Soldier: Brown and green camouflage
Knight: White and gray camouflage
Special: White paint with black/powder blue livery

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"A small, single-engine fighter, codenamed "Fishbed". While its electronics and weapons capability are outdated, it makes up for it with high maneuverability and low cost."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 3: Narrow Margin. Costs 7,600 per aircraft.

Statistics

Speed: 73
Mobility: 35
Stability: 29
Defense: 42
Air-to-Air: 22
Air-to-Ground: 47

Weapons

MSSL x56
RCL x8

Colors

OS: Two-tone green forest camouflage
RZ: Black/Dark Grey two-tone camouflage with the tail emblem
YK: Light grey with green tail tip

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

How to Unlock

This plane cannot be unlocked for use by the player.

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

The aircraft is displayed as MiG-21.

How to Unlock

Starting aircraft in Extra mode.

Statistics

Power: 40
Defense: 30
Mobility: 30
Stability: 50
Climbing Ability: 40
Air-to-Air: 40
Air-to-Ground: 40
Duration of flight: 16 minutes
Absorbability: Light

Weapons

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the cone sticking out of the plane's nose is retractable.
  • In the "Unlockables" section, the name of the aircraft is misspelled as "Mig-21bis".
  • The "Knight" paint scheme in Ace Combat Zero appears to be based on a scheme worn by the MiG-21 LanceR operated by the Romanian Air Force.
  • The MiG-21bis Fishbed's deployment in the Usean coup d'état is non-canon as the aircraft does not appear in Ace Combat 2's remake, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, where it is replaced by the MiG-21-93 Fishbed.
  • In Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown the Osean Air Force appears to have abandoned the two-tone green camouflage scheme they previously used in favour of Yuktobania's white body with green tail tip.

References