The MiG is the first researchable Aircraft the player can unlock. A more specialized form of Interceptor, it is the only initial kind of Interceptor that can carry Heavy Missiles; however, it lacks the ability to evade or carry a cannon, leaving it vulnerable to enemy attacks. The MiG is effective at either catching fast scouts that the F-17 cannot, or dealing heavy damage to enemy capital ships with its heavy missiles.
The MiG-32 Foxtrot is a derivation of the MiG-31 Foxhound, an experimental Soviet high-speed interceptor originally designed to take down NATO strategic bombers. This made it a natural choice for intercepting alien aircraft, and Xenonaut modification has only made it more deadly. The airframe has been reinforced with a titanium-magnesium alloy, the avionics have been upgraded, and the fuel tank has been drastically enlarged, allowing it to fly interception over Vladivostok from a base outside Moscow (or similar distances).
The MiG-32 is a high-speed strategic interceptor, a delicate instrument suited to precision strikes rather than dog-fighting. Although fragile, unmaneuverable, and lacking a cannon, the Foxtrot can mount aerial torpedoes with much more punch than the lighter missiles carried by the Condor. It also has a much higher flight speed than the Condor, and thus greater range. These qualities make it excellent at both engaging and destroying both agile high-speed scout craft and lumbering alien capital ships.
However, the MiG-32 remains a vulnerable target and will not last long if caught in a dogfight. It is a bad choice for engaging alien air superiority fighters, as it can be difficult to obtain a missile lock on agile targets and the lack of a craft cannon means it is defenseless once it has fired off its missiles. Additionally, the aircraft’s poor turning circle and inability to perform an evasive roll means that it is unlikely to escape if an alien does close to combat distance. Thus the MiG-32 is best used to tackle lone craft, and should be escorted into battle if it is likely to be encountering a target with escorts of its own.
The MiG-32 is first available for research after researching the extraterrestrial invasion to better defend against alien aircraft.