Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C) Interceptor (1964)
Improvements brought about to the Su-9 Fishpot series of Soviet interceptors gave rise to the Sukhoi Su-11 series.
The Su-11, by any regard, is considered a potent fighter. Based on a further development of the inferior and limited Su-9, the Su-11 featured an improved and more powerful turbojet engine capable of 22,046lbs of thrust with afterburn. Other features deemed as improvements over the base Su-9 were a new radar system, improved weaponry and an elongated nose section for the improved Uragan 5B radar.
The Su-11 had provisions for the newly designed Anab air-to-air missiles. As standard armament fare, the Su-11 would be fitted with just two of this missile type, one was of the infra-red heat-seeking variety and the other of the radar-guided type. Drop tanks became standard when it was realized that the base range of the system was questionable for an interceptor / patrol aircraft of this type.
None of the Su-11 examples saw service outside of the Soviet Union, though the brand continued to serve up until the 1980s. After newer aircraft replaced the Su-11 on the mantle, the system was relegated to becoming a target drone for air defense crew training.
In the end, the full-delta design coupled with a series of advanced air-to-air missile weaponry proved the Su-11 to be quite capable, if unspectacular.
Specifications for the
Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
Focus Model: Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Sukhoi - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1964
Length: 60.01 ft (18.29 m)
Width: 27.66 ft (8.43 m)
Height: 16.01ft (4.88 m)
Weight (Empty): 19,842 lb (9,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 29,983 lb (13,600 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Lyulka AL-7F-1 turbojet engine developing 21,164lbs of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 1,454 mph (2,340 kmh; 1,263 kts)
Maximum Range: 699 miles (1,125 km)
Service Ceiling: 55,774 ft (17,000 m; 10.6 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 27,000 feet-per-minute (8,230 m/min)
4 x R-98 (AA-3 "Anab" air-to-air missiles
Variants: [ SHOW / HIDE ]
MORE AIRCRAFT: [ SHOW / HIDE ]