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Rostislav Belyakov, MiG fighter jets designer; at 94

MOSCOW — The maker of MiG fighter jets said its chief designer, Rostislav Belyakov, has died. He was 94.

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

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He 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 the MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, and their versions, which have been the backbone of Soviet and then Russian air force.

Mr. 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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