NPO-72012 1/72 Sukhoi Su-15TM interceptor fighter model kit
NPO VES 1/72 Sukhoi Su-15TM interceptor fighter model kit. Pic.1
NPO VES 1/72 Sukhoi Su-15TM interceptor fighter model kit. Pic.2
The Sukhoi Su-15 interceptor fighter was the third in the Sukhoi interceptor family, following its elder brethren Su-9 and Su-11.
|Wing span||9.34 m|
|Stand height||4.84 m|
|Take off weight||17.2 t|
|Service ceiling||17450 m|
|Armament|| 2xR-98M, 2xR-60,|
The T-58D-1, so was indexed the Su-15's prototype, accomplished its maiden flight on May 30, 1962. This mission was completed by Vladimir Ilyushin, test pilot of Sukhoi design bureau. The T-58D-1 design differed substantially from that of its predecessors. The air intakes of the engines were installed on both sides of the fuselage as the new airborne radar "Oryol-D" occupied its entire nose part. The aircraft power plant included two R-11F2S-300 jet engines dveloped in S.K.Tumanski design bureau. The T-58 triangular wings had a 60 degree leading edge sweep angle. To enable fast speed maneuvering, four air brakes were installed in the tail part of the fuselage. The aircraft had powerful airborne hard- and software, navigation and radioelectronic equipment and armament that secured all-weather interception of air targets at any time. With all tests over, the Su-15 was put into the series production and then into service with air defence units.
As a result of the first-line unit service, the plane was constantly improved in all directions, including design, aerodynamics, power plant, airborne equipment. One of the latest modifications was equipped with newestinstruments and navigation equipment, the new Taifun-M airborne radar and more powerful R-13-300 engines. An updated wing with increased area improved the aircraft's takeoff and landing. The weapons inventory was augmented with the R-60 short-range missiles and UPK-23-250 universal gun containers. This modified aircraft designated Su-15TM provided the country's air defence from the beginning of the 70-ies until recently. As a component of the aircraft missile interception complex, the Su-15TM interceptor fighters showed their high combat efficiency during their service life. The air defence service pilots often prevented the trespasser airplane invasion into the air space of the Soviet Union. In fact some of the trespassers experienced not only the Su-15 weapon strength and accuracy but the Soviet pilots' determination and audacity. On July 18, 1981 captain Valentin Kulyapin, a fighter regiment pilot of the air defence military district of Baku, Azerbaijan, rammed the spy airplane with his Su-15.
All pilots liked the interceptor-fighter Su-15 for its reliability and also remember it as the "strong-willed" aircraft. With a few exceptions of beautifully camouflaged species, the Su-15TM normally had an overall aluminum finish then traditional for the USSR air defence. The nose cone and antennae fairings were painted green, the landing gear and its wells, the cockpit interior and the ejection seat were all light grey. The instrument board, the cockpit panels, control desks, the leather cover of an ejection seat were black. Wheel disks were green. Stencilling placement was standard for all planes (decal positions 1, 7, 8, 11-18, 20-29).