/ Sukhoi Su-15
The Sukhoi Su-15 is a twinjet supersonic interceptor aircraft developed by the Soviet Union.
It entered service in 1965 and remained one of the front-line designs into the 1990s.
The Su-15 was designed to replace the Sukhoi Su-11 and Sukhoi Su-9, which were becoming obsolete as NATO introduced newer and more capable strategic bombers.
Prototype of Su-15.
First production version.
One-off prototype using three Kolesov lift jets in the centre fuselage to provide STOL capability.
Trainer version without radar and combat capability, in use since 1970.
Version with extended wingtips built since 1969.
Version equipped with Volkov Taifun radar.
Improved Su-15T version equipped with Taifun-M radar and additional aerodynamic modifications, in use since 1971.
New radome design for improving radar performances.
Trainer version of Su-15TM without radar but with combat capability, built between 1976 and 1979.
Prototype of Su-15UM with Taifun-M radar, not entered serial production.
Proposed supersonic ground-attack aircraft, offered in 1969. Not built.
Proposed version sharing the radar and missiles of the MiG-25; not built.
Converted Su-15TM with R-25-300 engines of 69.9 kN (15,652 lb) afterburning thrust for improved performance; approved for series production, but not built because of a shortage of the engines.
19.56 m (64 ft 2 in)
9.43 m (30 ft 11 in)
4.84 m (15 ft 11 in)
36.6 m2 (394 sq ft)
10,760 kg (23,722 lb)
17,200 kg (37,920 lb)
Max take-off weight
17,900 kg (39,463 lb)
2 × Tumansky R-13F-300 afterburning turbojet engines, 40.21 kN (9,040 lbf) thrust each dry, 70 kN (16,000 lbf) with afterburner
2,230 km/h (1,390 mph, 1,200 kn) with 2 × K-8 or 2 × R-60 air-to-air missiles at 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
1,380 km (860 mi, 750 nmi)
725 km (450 mi, 391 nmi)
1,700 km (1,100 mi, 920 nmi)
18,100 m (59,400 ft)
Rate of climb
228 m/s (44,900 ft/min)
555 kg/m2 (114 lb/sq ft)
2 × UPK-23 gun pods with 2 × 23 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L auto cannons each on fuselage pylons
6 hardpoints with a capacity of up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb),with provisions to carry combinations of:
UB-16 rocket pods for S-5 rockets
2 × K-8 air-to-air missiles
2 × R-60 AAMs
FAB-500 general-purpose bomb
high-flying targets: 70 km
low-flying targets: 15 km
high-flying targets: 45 km
low-flying targets: 10 km
Horizontal: +/- 70°.
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