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Su-11 Soviet Fighter-interceptor 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72121

Theme: Military

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Su-11 (program designation: T-3-8M, according to NATO codification: Fishpot-C) is a Soviet single-engine supersonic all-weather fighter-interceptor created by Pavel Sukhoi's OKB-51. An improved version of the Su-9, the main differences of which were the more powerful RP-11 radar and two K-8M URVVs with seeker as weapons, with some deterioration in performance characteristics. The first flight of the T47-3 prototype converted accordingly took place on December 25, 1958, the aircraft was tested in 1959–1961. Adopted by the USSR Air Defense Aviation on February 5, 1962 as part of the Su-11-8M interception complex, its serial production began in the same year at aircraft plant No. 153 in Novosibirsk. It was planned to completely replace the Su-9 in production, however, due to the catastrophe of the first serial copy and the competitive struggle of the Yakovlev Design Bureau, the output amounted to only 108 aircraft, the last of which were commissioned in 1965.

In 1964-1965, they were received by three air defense fighter regiments: the 393rd, 790th and 191st. They served in them for about a decade and a half, until, due to the exhaustion of the resource and moral obsolescence, they were replaced by more advanced aircraft, along with the latest Su-9s.

The creation of the aircraft began in 1957 in OKB-51 P.O. Sukhoi. The Su-11 fighter-interceptor was originally created as another modification of the T-3 base aircraft to be equipped with a powerful Almaz-type radar. To accommodate two antennas of the station, the designers had to significantly increase the forward part of the fuselage, making radio-transparent inserts on its sides, while the characteristics of the air intake and the view from the cockpit deteriorated significantly. Work on the creation of a new aircraft in the Design Bureau was carried out under the code T-47. The Su-11 program ended in June 1961. During the training flights, various variants of the nose of the aircraft were worked out. In early 1962, the aircraft was accepted into the Air Force of the Soviet Union and renamed the Su-11.

By the Decree of the Council of Ministers of November 27, 1961, the aircraft was put into mass production. From the second half of 1962, he was supposed to replace the Su-9 on the stocks of the plant in Novosibirsk, and by the end of the year 40 aircraft were to be produced. The first serial copy of the aircraft was rolled out of the assembly shop in June and successfully flown around in August. The production of the aircraft gradually gained momentum, and then a tragedy occurred. On October 31, when flying over the first serial Su-11, the engine stopped, while trying to land the plane on the outskirts of the former city airfield, the pilot died due to large shock loads during landing. This catastrophe had an extremely negative impact on the fate of the new aircraft, as a result, serial production was suspended. The creators of the aircraft and the engine were ordered to take serious measures to improve the reliability of their products. The order for the Su-11 was drastically reduced in favor of production at the Yak-28P plant. The production of the aircraft continued until the beginning of 1965, about a hundred aircraft were produced.