To meet a requirement for a twin-engined all-weather
fighter formulated in January 1948, the MiG OKB proffered
the Izdeliye R, a side-by-side two-seat swept-wing
fighter with the engines disposed in tandem.
Competing with proposals from the Lavochkin and
Yakovlev bureaux - all three contenders being
awarded three-prototype contracts - the MiG fighter
was assigned the official designation I-320. The nose
intake fed a plenum chamber around the forward
engine compressor, this engine exhausting below the
fuselage and a duct leading back to the rear engine
which exhausted via an orifice in the extreme tail.
Armament comprised two 37mm N-37 cannon, and the
first prototype, the R-1 flown on 16 April 1949, was
powered by two 2270kg RD-45F engines, whereas the R-2 and R-3 were each powered by paired
2700kg VK-1s. The VK-1-powered prototypes
could take-off and cruise on the power of either
engine, and the I-320 was initially tested with Torii-A
(Thorium-A) radar. This single-antenna radar which
demanded manual tracking was succeeded by the
basically similar but improved Korshun (Kite) radar
with which the I-320 was tested during July-August
1951. Development of the I-320 was discontinued when
the requirement to which it had been designed was
overtaken by a more advanced one.
| MODEL||I-320 R-2|
| Take-off weight||12095 kg||26665 lb|
| Wingspan||14.20 m||47 ft 7 in|
| Length||15.77 m||52 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||41.20 m2||443.47 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1090 km/h||677 mph|
| Range||1205 km||749 miles|
|A three-view drawing (1660 x 1107)|
It is true that the Russians copied many German aircraft but this is not the case here.The engines in the fwjp045 were side by side below the fuselage.In the MiG I-320 one engine was below the fuselage and the other in the rear fuselage,a completely different layout.
Nope, it's not a copy, it's much bigger and much more advanced. It's influenced though.
It's not a copy since the german design has never existed except on paper. For example, look, the tail unit looks completely different.
The truth is not only Russians used captured german designs for building their new aircraft. The other nations did the same. Just remember the Bell X-5.
Yes, its a copy of a germany WW2 design from Focke Wulf:
Learn the truth!!
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