11/14/2019 (Thu) 20:02:10
MiG-23's in hands of experienced pilots are typically expected to beat MiG-29s, based off of some notable testing and real world experience. All are good aircraft, except it's not all about capabilities in the air. The problem is getting off the ground. Readiness counts as part of an aircraft's capabilities, and the Russians had embarrassingly low readiness numbers with all their swing wing kites.
Lest we veer into "AMERICA FUCK YEAH" territory, it should be noted the Americans are also have trouble delivering on the readiness percentages of their most modern aircraft as well. They've never been as good as what was promised, but it's never been as bad for them as the Russians had it either.