"You must think in Russian."
— Dr. Baronovich
1982 Movie adaptation of Craig Thomas' 1977 novel, the first real technothriller, starring, directed by and produced by Clint Eastwood
. The Soviet Union
has developed a new superplane, the MiG 31, called by the Americans
"Firefox". It's capable of Mach 6, can't be detected on radar and has weapons launched by thought (but in Russian of course).
There are some differences from the novel,note
but Thomas fans like the adaptation and Thomas himself dedicated his sequel book Firefox Down
Note that there is in fact, an actual MiG-31
(NATO reporting name Foxhound
) and that it reached service in the same year as the movie reached theatres. It's far lamer than its movie counterpart: the only thing it can do well is go really fast
Amusing note: when reconnaissance photos of the Firefox's predecessor, the MiG-25 "Foxbat", first came to light, its huge wings and apparent manoeuvrability promised thereby caused a panic in the US military. It was only when a defector brought a copy over that the truth came out: the thing was made of a very
heavy alloy, needed huge wings just to get off the ground, couldn't dogfight to save its life and had a very short range. That said, it was very
fast, faster than anything modern any air force fields today, and its apparent purpose, high-ceiling heavy interceptor (fast delivery of a missile platform) and reconnaissance bomber duty, did not involve dogfighting. Simply put, it wasn't actually intended to be a fighter
In the novel, when a character points out the Belenko defection, and resultant false alarm, as a reason not to panic about the "Firefox", another tells him that their information is that the plane is seriously as good as feared.
Predates by two decades and has nothing at all to do with the web browser Mozilla Firefox
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