|Function||prototype of ground-attack aircraft|
|Engine||1,360hp AM-35 12cyl liquid-cooled|
|Guns||4(wings)+1(rear) mg7.62mm ShKAS
2*g23mm PTB (wings) for BSh-2
|Bombs||4(wing bays)+2(external)b*100kg or
TsKB-55 - 2 seat prototype of the Il-2, precursor of TsKB-57. Built following S.V.Ilyushin original concept of 2-seater with rear gunner position. Had four armored bomb bays in the wing. Supercharged AM-35 gave its best performance at 4,500m (see MiG-3), but at the low altitude supercharger absorbed a lot of power - and ground level speed was only 362km/h.
Despite this and other shortcomings (short range, poor forward view and weak firepower) general impression of army representatives was favorable, and ten pre-series aircraft were ordered under military designation BSh-2 with two 23mm PTB cannons.
|Modified March 28, 1996||Back to|