Technical data
Type R-7, ANT-10
Function Reconnaissater
Year 1927
Crew 2
Engines 500/680hp BMW VI
Length 10.9m
Wingspan 15.2m
Wing area 49.0m2
Empty weight 1720kg
Loaded weight 2920kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 59.5
Power load (kg/hp) 4.30
Speed at 0m 235km/h
Speed at 3000m 184km/h
Landing Speed 90km/h
Landing Roll 300m 22sec
Takeoff Roll 150m 10sec
Turn time 25sec
Range 1100km
Flight Endurance 5h
Ceiling 5560m
Guns 3*mg7.62mm PV-1

ANT-10, R-7 by A.N.Tupolev

24k b/w ANT-10 "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.369

Trials of the R-3 with BMW engine helped to formulate requirements to reconnaissater with this powerplant. The R-7 design started in July 1928. Mockup was approved in March 1929, and on January 30, 1930 aircraft was flown first time.

The R-7 was a straight forward scaled-up R-3. More powerful engine allowed to increase armament (second synchronized machinegun added). Fuel tanks moved to the wing, internal bomb bay was introduced. Pilot seat was raised for better sight.

After State Acceptance trials (March 1930) R-7 was returned to TsAGI for minor modifications and installation of complete set of instruments. Aircraft did not return to trials and was abandoned because more conventional wooden R-5 was already in mass production. Moreover, the R-5 performance was not worser than one of R-7...


ANT-3 R-3

R-3BMW -

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.370;
  • ANT-10, R-7
  • ANT-10, Tupolev
  • R-7, Tupolev

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