Sukhoi Interceptors: The Su-9, Su-11, and Su-15: Unsung Soviet Cold War Heroes

Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov

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Closed in 1949, the Sukhoi Design Bureau was reborn in 1953 to meet an urgent demand for a fast interceptor that would counter the threat posed by NATO bombers. It wasted no time developing a succession of missile-armed, Mach 2 interceptors characterized by delta wings; the single-engined Su-9 entered service in 1960, followed by the up-armed Su-11 in 1964 and the twin-engined Su-15 in 1967. Though built in modest numbers, the three types became an important asset for the Soviet Air Defense Force—particularly the more capable Su-15, which unfortunately became notorious for shooting down two intruding South Korean airliners within five years. The Su-15 outlasted the Soviet Union, the last being retired in 1996. There were also several Sukhoi interceptors that remained in prototype or project form. All known versions are described, as are operational details. The book features many rare and previously unpublished photos.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 805 color and b/w photos, profiles, line schemes | 320 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358685

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Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union), and graduated from the Kaqunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has one of the world’s largest photo/document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian, and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and coauthored more than 120 books on Soviet and Russian aviation, which were published in seven countries. For 12 years Yefim Gordon was executive director of the Moscow-based publishing house Polygon Press Ltd., specializing in aviation literature. Dmitriy Komissarov was born in 1968 in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Linguistics University in 1992. He has worked as a translator ever since, and starting in 1993 most of his work has been associated with his interest in aviation. Dmitriy Komissarov has authored two books on Soviet/Russian aircraft and translated or coauthored more than 70 others. He has also written numerous magazine features in Russian and English on Soviet and Russian aviation.