In the late 1960s, the Soviet Union became aware that the U.S.
was developing a new generation of jet fighters that had an
exceptional range, heavy armor, and great agility in the air.
These U.S. aircraft, the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting
Hornet, and F/A-18 Hornet dominated U.S. air power for three
decades. In the context of the Cold War, the Soviets could not
be seen to be lagging behind the Americans. Their... more...