|Wing Load (kg/m2)||199|
|Power load (kg/hp)||3.7|
|Speed at 0m||448km/h|
|Speed at 5300m||530km/h|
|Guns (attack)||1*20mm ShVAK
|Guns (defence)||1*12.7mm UB|
|Rockets||8*RS-82 under the wings|
More successful fighter adaptation of the Pe-2 than the Pe-3 had been. Armed with forward firing array of 20mm cannon, pair of 12.7mm and one 7.62mm machineguns (last one mostly for 'aiming'). Grid airbrakes were removed, automatic slats installed.
Photoequipment was installed to perform reconnaissance missions. Often carried powerful "flash-light" on tip of one wing for night intercept.
First flown by S.I.Sofronov, Pe-3bis was widely used as interceptor, night fighter, reconnaissater and light bomber, even as anti-ship aircraft. Sole weakness was luck of ventral defensive gun;
About 300 were built, often referred to as a Pe-3.