|Wing Load (kg/m2)||255|
|Power load (kg/hp)||0.333|
|Speed at 5700m||1050km/h|
|Guns||2*37mm cannons N-37|
The first Soviet swept-wing fighter, development of the La-152. Thin wing with 35° leading edge had same installation as on the La-152, tailplane was slightly raised. On the design stage extensive wind tunnel studies were performed at TsAGI.
Flight trials in June-September 1947 provided designers with reliable data on stability and handling of swept-wing aircraft. Necessity of upper-wing fences at subsonic and supersonic speed was revealed. Such fences were installed, two on each wing.
La-160 carried much more fuel (1080l) than predecessors and pair of powerful cannons. Its engine could gain extra 50% of thrust using improved afterburner (by I.A.Merkulov) on same RD-10F engine. But aircraft was still too small to have sufficient range and carry large weapon load. All possible was taken from the engine design, and the La-160 became the last Soviet fighter to be powered with engine of the RD-10 line.
|Created January 25, 1996
Modified February 03, 1998