Technical data
Type TsKB-55P
Function Armored attacker prototype
Year December 29, 1940
Crew 1
Engines 1*1575/1665hp AM-38
Length 11.6m
Wingspan 14.6m
Wing area 38.5m2
Empty weight 3990kg
Loaded weight 5310kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 138
Power load (kg/hp) 3.5
Speed at 0m 433km/h
Speed at 2460m 450km/h
Touchdown Speed 140km/h
Landing Roll 400m
Takeoff Roll 450m
Range 638km
Ceiling 7800m
1000m 1.6min
5000m 9.2min
Guns 2*g20mm ShVAK (420rpg)
2*mg7.62mm ShKAS
Rockets 8*RS-82

TsKB-55P, S.V.Ilyushin

43k drawing of the TsKB-55P armor 'shell', courtesy of Sergey V. Andreev

XVII Party Congress (February 1941) was dedicated almost entirely to defence matters. It resulted in sharp increase of defence budget. And it allowed S.V.Ilyushin to bring back his attack aircraft (instead of the irrelevant TsKB-57 bomber conversion). Trials of TsKB-57 were taken into account, and TsKB-55P (Pushechnij, cannon armed) included a lot of improvements.

TsKB-55P was put into production in April 1941 with yet more powerful armament as Il-2.

Predecessor Production seriesModification


Il-2 1941

Il-2 1942

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.246-248;

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