|Type||103U '59' ANT-59|
|Loaded weight (no bombs)||10435kg|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||250
|Power load (kg/hp)||3.7
|Speed at 0m||469km/h|
|Speed at 7800m||610km/h|
|Guns||3 defensive 7.62mm ShKAS
2*20mm ShVAK in the wing roots
1000kg externally (overload)
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...
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