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    Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C) Interceptor (1964)

    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.

    Picture of Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)

    Staff Writer (4/5/2012): 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.

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    Technical Specifications:
    Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)


    Focus Model: Sukhoi Su-11 (Fishpot-C)
    Origin: Soviet Union
    Manufacturer: Sukhoi - Soviet Union
    Service Entry: 1964
    Production Total: 108
    Crew: 1


    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)


    Hardpoints: 4
    Armament Suite:
    4 x R-98 (AA-3 "Anab" air-to-air missiles

    T-47 - Prototype Model Designation

    Su-11 - Base series designation

    Su-11-8M - Major production mark

    Su-11U "Maiden" - Conversion Trainer

    Soviet Union