Technical data
Type 103 ANT-58 FB
Function Bomber
Year 1941
Crew 3
Engines 2*1400hp AM-37
Length 13.2m
Wingspan 18.8m
Wing area 48.52m2
Empty weight 7626kg
Loaded weight (no bombs) 9950kg
Loaded weight 10992kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 226
Power load (kg/hp) 3.6
Speed at 0m 482km/h
Speed at 8000m 635km/h
Landing Speed 155km/h
Landing Roll 730m
Takeoff Roll 440m
Turn time ?sec
Range 2500km
Ceiling 10600m
5000m 8.6min
Guns 2 defensive 7.62mm ShKAS
2-4 7.62mm ShKAS in the nose
2*20mm ShVAK in the wing roots
Bombs 1000kg inside
1000kg externally (overload)

103, FB, ANT-58 by A.N.Tupolev/ STO-3/ OTB

ANT-58 from Shavrov
46k b/w "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.169

Technical requirements on this new generation front line bomber (so designation FB, Frontovoj Bombardirovschik) became clear in 1940:

  • twin-engined aircraft;
  • speed close to fighter's;
  • all-weather operation;
  • dive bombing capability;
  • internal bomb bay allowing
    to carry heavy bombs;
  • long operation range;
  • appropriate defensive armament;
  • 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.

    '103U' '59' ANT-59

    '63' ANT-63 SDB
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.166-168;
  • FB, ANT-58, "103"
  • ANT-58, Tupolev

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