Rostislav Belyakov, who headed the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau from 1969 to 1997, died of an unspecified illness in Moscow on Feb. 28. He was 94. Belyakov joined the bureau in 1941, two years after its establishment, and became its deputy chief designer in 1957. He was appointed general designer after the bureau's founder, Artyom Mikoyan, suffered a stroke in 1969. Belyakov played an important role in the development of the MiG-25 Mach 2.8 interceptor and reconnaissance/strike ...
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