Xeno426 wrote:Demonicjapsel wrote:pardon my ignorance, but didn't the Foxbat have a dedicated ELINT and more importantly, a bomber variant, that has no problem being in game?
It's not so much the variant, but the command they fell under. The MiG-25R family (of which the bomber, MiG-25RB, comes from) were under the Long Range Aviation (ADD), along with other strategic-level weapons and strategic reconnaissance. This is where you'd find stuff like the big bombers (Tu-95, Tu-22, Tu-22M, Tu-160) and the MiG-25R.
Tactical reconnaissance, air-superiority and point-interception fighters, along with general CAS, was handled by Frontal Aviation. Su-27S, MiG-29s, Su-17s, MiG-27s, MiG-23s (except MiG-23P or Su-27P) were handled on this level, and they would make up the vast majority of aircraft seen over the battlefield, to the exclusion of pretty much everything else.
There was also the PVO, Soviet Air Defense. Their job was to protect the Soviet air space from incursion, and they operated the big interceptors like the MiG-25P/PD, MiG-31, Su-9, Su-15, Tu-128, etc. Sort of like the US's Aerospace Defense Command and their operation of aircraft like the F-102 and F-106.
The PVO and ADD had primary mission goals that were outside of operations we'd see in Wargame, so for the USSR they shouldn't have the MiG-25, MiG-31, or "P" aircraft in their air tab. The MiG-25 gets a pass for the DDR because their air command was much smaller and spread over smaller area, so separation of things into "strategic" and "tactical" had less purpose.
Exactly. Tons of times have been explained this but sadly almost nobodly listen..