Jet-engined armoured ground attack aircraft. It was a rather odd
design, with two engines in the forward fuselage, armoured tandem
cockpits, swept wings, and a remote-controlled tail gun turret.
Only one was completed, because the concept was clearly outdated.
|A three-view drawing (800 x 519)|
| ENGINE||2 x 3250kg RD-9V turbojets|
| Take-off weight||17470 kg||38515 lb|
| Empty weight||12190 kg||26874 lb|
| Wingspan||16.00 m||53 ft 6 in|
| Length||16.16 m||53 ft 0 in|
| Height||5.90 m||19 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||47.60 m2||512.36 sq ft|
| Cruise speed||993 km/h||617 mph|
| Ceiling||11600 m||38050 ft|
| Range||1115 km||693 miles|
This plane looks like a double-barreled shotgun when viewed from the front.
The Il-40 was first flown in March 7, 1953 - already after Stalin's death (just some days, but after).
It was cancelled by the Government's order in April 13, 1956 - so Stalin couldn't be involved in this. The Defence Minister Georgy Zhukov decided to abandon Shturmoviks, replacing them by the fighter-bombers. The Shturmoviks returned only about 20 years later.
Actually not one, but two Il-40 prototypes were built and the series of 40 aircraft was started before the program cancellation.
The project was cancelled due what Stalin was believed what VVS not need a ''Sturmovik'' jet and for that,he was ordered scrap the 5 prototypes .Is possible what survives an unique prototipe of hte plane.
Well, it was actually an IL-102, which was derived from an IL-42, itself a derivation of IL-40, that was offered for export in 1992. Funny to see an aircraft with a remotely controlled tail gun and a rear facing gunner on a modern aircraft.
Regarding above comment... see Il-102 for the aircraft mentioned
This aircraft oddly resurfaced at an arms exhibition in the late 90s, posing as an alternative to the Su-25 and actually for sale to any interested party/airforce.
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