|Guns||3g*20mm ShVAK 1000rpg
5mg*7.62mm ShKAS 2200rpg
|Bombs||up to 5000kg|
In the 1930-1940 several design teams came up with idea of a new class of aircraft - "Tjazholij Krejser" (Heavy Cruiser). This had to be a modification of production bomber with enormous defensive firepower. It supposed to fly in formation with (similar in design) bombers and repel attacking fighters.
And for good - later in WWII some USAF B-17's were tried same way - with increased firepower and ammo. Experience was negative, because Luftwaffe pilots easily 'calculated' such a "Heavy Cruisers" and brought them down first, leaving the rest of bombers (with armament decreased in favor of bomb load) unprotected. Only conventional fast long range escort fighters could provide bombers with reasonable protection.
|Modified April 14, 1997||Back to|