DCS: MiG-15bis is a simulation of the Soviet Union’s vanguard jet fighter and one of the most mass-produced jets in history – the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15. The MiG-15 gained fame in the skies over Korea where it battled the American F-86 Sabre and other allied aircraft during the Korean War (1950-1953). The MiG-15’s appearance in Korea became known as the “Korean surprise” due to its unexpected combat effectiveness. From late December 1950 up to the end of war in July 1953, the MiG-15 proved to be the primary aerial opponent of the equally distinguished F-86 Sabre.

The MiG-15 is a swept-wing jet fighter developed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich experimental design bureau (OKB) in the late 1940s, entering service with the Soviet Air and Air Defense Forces in 1949. The aircraft has an extensive combat history that includes several conflicts apart from the Korean War, including the Arab-Israeli wars. Thanks to its high reliability, remarkable performance, ease of flight training and operations, the MiG-15 remained in service with the USSR for nearly 20 years and in foreign service until 2006 (Albanian Air Force )! Apart from fighter missions, it was used as a reconnaissance aircraft, target aircraft and prototype for a variety of weapons and systems tests. The following modifications of the MiG-15 have been produced: MiG-15, MiG-15S, MiG-15PB, MiG-15bis, MiG-15Rbis(SR), MiG-15S6IS(SD-UPB), MiG-15UTM, MiG-15P UTI, MiG-15M. In total, over 15,000 of these aircraft were manufactured (almost twice as many as the American counterpart, the Sabre). The aircraft is armed with three cannons (two 23 mm and one 37 mm) and can be further armed with two 100 kg bombs.

The MiG-15bis model featured in the simulation is an upgraded model from the original, powered by the more powerful Soviet-produced VK-1 engine in place of the original British Rolls Royce Nene-I (II).