Technical data
Type SSS
Function Reconnaissater, light bomber, attacker
Year 1935
Crew 2
Engines 1*500/715hp M-17F
Length 10.5m
Wingspan 15.5m
Wing area 50.2m2
Empty weight 2180kg
Loaded weight 3289kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 65.5
Power load (kg/hp) 4.5/6.5
Speed at 0m 213/249km/h
Speed at 3000m 235km/h
Landing Speed 90km/h
Takeoff Roll 250m
Range 1000km
Ceiling 6540m
3000m 10.8min
5000m 24.3min
Guns 1*7.62mm PV-1 and 1*7.62mm ShKAS OR
2*7.62mm ShKAS synchronized
4*7.62mm ShKAS under the wing (optional)
Bombs some

SSS, N.N.Polikarpov

"History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.452

SSS designation stays for Skorostnoj, Skoropodemnij, Skorostrelnij - high speed, high climb rate, high fire rate. It was a modification of the R-5 reconnaissater. Necessity of such an improvement became obvious in 1934. More powerful engine was installed. Fairings were installed on the wheels, wing root fillets added and overall finish quality was improved. Air-oil shock absorbers incorporated into landing gear struts.

Two machine guns were added to increase firepower. To convert SSS to Shturmovik (attacker) four more ShKAS machineguns could be added under the wing.

It was faster than standard R-5 by 25-30km/h and increased ceiling by 2000m. SSS entered mass production and was adopted by military. When the R-Z was ready, SSS production was phased out.


  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.510;
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