The Mikoyan MiG-3000 (NATO code name: Ivan) was the primary all-purpose jet fighter of the Soviet Union during the period before the Great War. It was superior to the Chinese Xian-85 jet in speed and maneuverability, making for an unusual effect where the Soviet ground troops would have to retreat, but the skies would be clear of Chinese fighters.
In 2045, the Soviet Air Force's fleet of MiG-15 fighters was nearing its hundredth year in service. Despite countless rebuilds and modifications, the Kremlin feared that their aerial capabilities were being surpassed by the United States Air Force and PLAAF. In June of that year, the project that would eventually become the MiG-3000 was initiated, with test flights being made at top-secret airfields in the Caucasus. In 2050, the MiG-3000 entered service, being deployed to the Central Asian Soviet Republics in response to the European-Middle Eastern conflict.
Though not directly involved in either side of the conflict, the MiG-3000 pilots soon found themselves in several skirmishes with the European and Middle Eastern forces. The Soviet premier had instituted a strict policy of neutrality, and promised that any pilots straying into Soviet airspace would be shot down (In a similar manner to the Swiss in World War II). As a result, the MiG-3000 achieved a 5:1 kill ratio against the enemy pilots. While it came as no surprise that the antiquated fighters of the Arab forces proved no match for the brand new MiGs, the British government was horrified when their top-of-the-line DH-250 fighter jets were repeatedly shot out of the sky.
After the Great War, MiG-3000s that around the world were left to the elements. Many Soviet airbases remained with a full contingent of MiG-3000, but those jets lacked pilots. Only in Canada did the MiG-3000 continue to see service, with the MiG-3000s that had previously been given to Canadian resistance fighters being used against PDI forces in large volumes.