Technical data
Type SB-RK Ar-2 Ar-2
Function Dive bomber
Year 1940 1941
Crew 3
Engines 2*1100/1050hp V.Ya.Klimov M-105R
Wing Span 18.0m
Wing Area 48.2m2
Length 12.27m 12.50m 12.78m
Empty Weight 4430kg 5106kg -
Loaded Weight 6300kg 6600kg 6500kg
Maximum Weight - 8150kg -
Wing Load (kg/m2) 131 139 135
Speed (0m) 410km/h 415km/h 443km/h
Speed (4700m) 480km/h 475km/h -
Speed (5000m) - - 512km/h
Climb (5000m) 7.25min 7.1min 6.55min
Ceiling 10100m 10000m 10500m
Range 1500km - -
Guns 4*mg7.62mm ShKAS 3*mg7.62mm ShKAS
Bombs (inside) 600kg
Bombs (external) 1500kg 1000kg 1000kg

Ar-2/SB-RK/RK/KR, A.A.Arhangelsky

12k, from collection by Vadim Krivosheyev 'Watson';

Ultimate development of the SB line, intended as dive-bomber.

In 1939 it became obvious that speed of the SB series has to be increased. Previous attempt - the MMN failed to satisfy all requirements, but was re-engined, equipped with new VISh-22E propeller. Radiators moved inside the wing with intakes on the leading edge - and aircraft became the SB-RK.

Still it was not enough, and instead of pushing more modification SB-RK was given new role - dive bomber. Results were good, and aircraft was in production (1940- 1941) until superior Pe-2 replaced it.

Last attempt to keep SB series flying was the SB-B , but it did not enter production.

~200 built under designation Ar-2 (with single machinegun in the nose).

40k drawing, from collection by Vadim Krivosheyev 'Watson'; Used for background.

See related aircraft on the Main SB page;

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.17-18

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