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MiG jets designer Rostislav Belyakov dies aged 94
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Moscow, March 01, 2014
First Published: 20:27 IST(1/3/2014)
Last Updated: 20:30 IST(1/3/2014)

The maker of MiG fighter jets says that its chief designer Rostislav Belyakov has died. He was 94.

The company said in a statement that Belyakov died Friday in Moscow following an unspecified illness.

Belyakov became the MiG chief designer in 1969, succeeding the firm's founder, Artyom Mikoyan, and led the development of a family of MiG fighters, including MiG-23, MiG-25, Mig-29 and their versions, which have been the backbone of Soviet and then Russian air force.

Belyakov joined the MiG company as a young engineer in 1941 and quickly rose through the ranks to become a deputy chief designer in 1957.

He was showered with state awards and honors, but his name was unknown to the public until the Soviet collapse.


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