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



Numerous countries on Strangereal utilize the MiG-21bis as a sort of "first-strike" aircraft; these are typically the aircraft a belligerent will send in first before any of their other, more advanced aircraft. As such, encounters with these MiGs are usually brief, favoring the pilots not flying them. Still, they retained this status quo until at least 2010, when they were used by Yuktobania immediately prior to the Circum-Pacific War.

MiG-21bis's have not been confirmed to be in use following 2010. It is highly likely that after Osean President Vincent Harling released all information concerning Circum-Pacific War, other countries took notice of the uselessness of the MiGs against rookie pilots and scrapped the planes.

Infinity timeline

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 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."

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
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
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 carries at the respective levels. Part slots can be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts can 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

Upgrading this aircraft to these levels will unlock 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


  • 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


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
The aircraft is available upon aircraft selection for Inferno.
Speed: Medium
Mobility: Medium
Stability: Low
Fire Power: Medium
Defense: Low
Semi-Active Air-to-Air Missile
Machine Gun Pod
Baobab (Oil Field)
Mamba (Oil Field)
Savannah (Oil Field)
Alikuwa (East African Town)
Roho (East African Town)
Mwanga (East African Town)
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).

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."
Complete campaign mission 1: Glacial Skies. Costs 8,500 credits to purchase.
Speed: 73
Mobility: 35
Stability: 29
Defense: 42
Air-to-Air: 22
Air-to-Ground: 47
MSSL x56
UGB x10
Standard: Plain white paint
Mercenary: Dual green tone forest camouflage, reused from Ace Combat 5
Soldier: Brown and green camouflage
Knight: White and gray camouflage
Special: White paint with black/powder blue livery

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."
Complete campaign mission 3: Narrow Margin. Costs Ƶ7,600 per aircraft.
Speed: 73
Mobility: 35
Stability: 29
Defense: 42
Air-to-Air: 22
Air-to-Ground: 47
MSSL x56
RCL x8
OS: Two-tone green desert camouflage
RZ: Standard Razgriz black with the tail emblem
YK: Plain white paint

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

This plane cannot be unlocked for use by the player.

Ace Combat 2

Available as first aircraft instead of the F-4E Phantom II if playing in Extra mode.
Power: Low
Defense: Low
Mobility: Low
Stability: Medium
Climbing Ability: Low
Air-to-Air: Low
Air-to-Ground: Low


  • 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".


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