Technical data
Type 103U '59' ANT-59
Function Bomber
Year 1941
Crew 4
Engines 2*1400hp AM-37
Length 13.8m
Wingspan 18.8m
Wing area 48.52m2
Empty weight 7823kg
Loaded weight (no bombs) 10435kg
Loaded weight 11477kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 250
Power load (kg/hp) 3.7
Speed at 0m 469km/h
Speed at 7800m 610km/h
Landing Speed 155km/h
Landing Roll 765m
Takeoff Roll 435m
Turn time ?sec
Range 1900km
Ceiling 10500m
5000m 9.5min
Guns 3 defensive 7.62mm ShKAS
2*20mm ShVAK in the wing roots
Bombs 1000kg inside
1000kg externally (overload)
Rockets 10*RS-132

103U, '59', ANT-59 by A.N.Tupolev/ STO-3/ OTB

44k b/w "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.169

Second prototype of what to became Tu-2, built in April 1941 shortly after the '103' (ANT-58). Aircraft size was slightly larger and heavier. It also differed from other members of Tu-2 family by small cooling air intakes in propeller spinners.

VVS demanded to change the crew, and it was done. Navigator was moved to share front cockpit with pilot and got additional ShKAS defensive gun. At the same time nose mounted machineguns were deleted. Ten hardpoints for RS-132 rockets were added.

Test-pilot M.A.Nukhtikov and engineer V.A.Miruts took '103U' into the air on May 18, 1941. Despite performance was slightly worser than of the '103', aircraft still was far better than anything in production.

Series production started in September 1941, but production of AM-37 engines was cancelled in favor of AM-38 (to equip Il-2 produced at enormous pace). Designers had to redesign aircraft for other engine...


103 '58' FB ANT-58

103V '60' ANT-60

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.168-169;
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