Project of two-seat trainer variant of Su-9 had internal designation U-43 (Uchebnyj T-43). Changes included adding 600mm fuselage extension (inserted near the cockpit). Sliding canopy was replaced by two hatch-type opening backwards.
IN addition to dual controls, all equipment (radar displays, weapon controls) was duplicated. This permitted to use Su-9U for a full-program training, starting form gaining handling skills to target shooting with real combat weapons. Trainer carried two R-2US missiles.
Prototype was converted from series aircraft (built at Factory 30) in 1960, and test-pilot E.K.Kukushev flew it first time on January 25, 1961. After trials cockpit layout and canopy were changed to improve instructor's view (see pictures below).
U-43 prototype was converted into flying laboratory LL Su-9U for ejection seats tests.
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