Technical data
Type M-17 'Mystic-A'
Function balloon interceptor
Year 1978
Crew 1
Engines 1*117.7kN Kolesev RD-36-51V
Wing Span 40.32m
Length 22.27m
Height 4.87m
Wing Area 137.7m2
Max.Weight 18400kg
Speed 743km/h
Ceiling 21550m
Range 1315km
Armament 1*g23mm

M-17, V.M.Myasichev 'Mystic'

A high-altitude aircraft with an high-aspect ratio U-2 like wing and twin tail booms. The obvious role is reconnaissance, but the M-17 was in fact designed to hunt reconnaissance balloons --- in the '50s and also in the '80s, the US used high-altitude balloons for recce missions over the USSR. The later M-55 or M-17RM was twin-engined and optimized for reconnaissance.

A two-seat version is under development and will enter service in 1997.

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