andalusia wrote:could Russia have modernized the su 15 and brought it to the level of the French Mirage? It seems they could have sold it to poor countries in Asia, Africa and Central America. It was a delta wing like the Mirage and seems like they could have improved the technology. Was it possible or it simply was an outdated jet?
Also what is people's opinion about the Saab 37? I read it was a good jet and where did it rank among the jet fighters at the time and why didn't Sweden try to sell this jet to poor countries in Asia, Africa and Central America? I read that it was easy and inexpensive to maintain.
viggen was like an equivalent of mig-29 9.12 , ofcourse it didnt have the excellent R73 but otherwise same tech , some might say its like mig-23M but I would think one would need three mig-23M/MF to shoot down one JA37 [ with skyflash]
su-15 is one of my fav aircraft , and Ive always wondered the same why it wasnt sold
funny thing is in 1985 nearly 600 + su-15TM are in service by 1987 only 225 , so a lot of airframes with lots of flying hrs left were retired as flanker and foxhounds entered service in large numbers in late 80s
soviets sold huge numbers of mig-23ml a far more technologically advanced fighter to angola ethiopia so why not su15 ?
su-15 TM had gunpods and R60 so I wish it could atleast tangle with enemy strike planes like delta mirages /f104/f4 when they are loaded with ordanance and force a mission kill if nothing else
in late 80s i see pics of su15 in two tone green camo? maybe some were transferred to VVS ? not sure
strike adaptation of su-15 was probably a nonstarter there were tons of mig23bn and su17 airframes around in the 80s to be sold
but su15 can be a decent fighter [depsite its lack of agility] for some airforces as like i mentioned above could hold its own against mirage III/V /f-104/F-4 ?
definately more than sufficent for those airforces that face J-6/J-7 in the 80s