Il-40 and Il-40P attack aircraft by S.V.Ilyushin

General Information
Type Il-40 Il-40P
Function Ground attack
Year 1953 ?
Crew 2
Powerplant (2)
Type RD-9B AM-5F
Thrust 2*3250kg ?
Size
Length 16.6m
Height 5.9m
Wingspan 16.0m
Wing area 47.6m2
Weights and loads
Empty 12190kg
Armor 700kg
Normal takeoff 16480kg
Maximum takeoff 17470kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 346
Thrust
to
Weight
0.4
Speed
at 0m 993km/h ?
at altitude 954km/h ?
Maneuverability
g-load 5
Roll
Takeoff, normal weight 750m
Takeoff, max. weight 900m
Landing 700m
Range
Practical 1115km
Combat radius 400km
Ceiling
Practical 11600m
Climb
5000m ?min
Fuel
Internal 3315kg
External 855kg
Armament
Gun Type 4*23mm
Position Underfuselage turret
Ammo 225/gun
Gun Type 1*23mm
Position Tail turret
Ammo 200
Salvo (kg/sec) XXX
Bombs (internal) 400kg
Bombs and Rockets (pylons) 1000kg
Il-40 at Aircraft.ru

Il-40 - the World first jet-engined armored ground strike aircraft. It was designed as a replacement for the Il-10M in 1953. First flight took place on March 7. Offensive armament included bombs, unguided rockets and four vertically movable anti-tank guns under fuselage, like on the Il-20 attacker.

Il-40 at Aircraft.ru

In original configuration Il-40 had side air intakes. During firing trials gun exhaust gases were inhaled by the engines. Aircraft was modified - engine intakes were extended to the very nose, giving Il-40P its shotgun-like appearance.

Photo from Russian Power site

Il-40 was introduced into series production at Rostov Aircraft Works. In early 60's Soviet leadership canceled numerous aircraft project in favour of ballistic missiles. Among them was Il-40.

Il-40 model photo from Soviet/Russian aerospace memorabilia

PredecessorsModifications
- Il-42
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