The Sukhoi Su-15 was Russia’s first line home-defence interceptor from the mid 1960s. It served in large numbers but never became well known because it remained only in Soviet service for that role alone.
The Sukhoi Su-15 was developed to meet the requirement for a high performance interceptor to replace the Su-11.
The early Su-15s were basically a twin engined version of the Su-11 with a large radar mounted in the nose necessitating split intakes.
The prototype first flew in 1961 and it entered service in 1967.
The Su-15TM was a second generation version with improved capabilities that began entering service in 1974.
Around 1500 Su-15s of all versions were manufactured, they were replaced in service by MiG-25s.
This model represents a standard Su-15 TM in Russian service, c.1980
Pioneer 2 1:72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in January 1992.