|Type||103 ANT-58 FB|
|Loaded weight (no bombs)||9950kg|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||226|
|Power load (kg/hp)||3.6|
|Speed at 0m||482km/h|
|Speed at 8000m||635km/h|
|Guns||2 defensive 7.62mm ShKAS
2-4 7.62mm ShKAS in the nose
2*20mm ShVAK in the wing roots
1000kg externally (overload)
Technical requirements on this new generation front line bomber (so designation FB, Frontovoj Bombardirovschik) became clear in 1940:
to carry heavy bombs;
Officially project started on March 1, 1940. Most of the design team (including also R.L.Bartini and S.P.Korolev) was imprisoned as the 'Enemies of the People', and the first aircraft was built on January 8, 1941. Planned M-120 engines were not ready and aircraft was redesigned for available AM-37 powerplants with 3-blade VISh-61T propeller.
Crew included 3 members: pilot in front cockpit, navigator and gunner - in rear behind the wing.
Maiden flight (January 29, 1941) was performed by test-pilot M.A.Nukhtikov and engineer V.A.Miruts. Trials continued until July 1941 (State Trials). ANT-58 was clearly superior over series built Pe-2 in speed, bomb load and armament. Handling also was excellent.
'103' was slightly smaller than following prototypes and series aircraft.
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