Sukhoi Aircraft

The Sukhoi Su-2 (Russian: Сухой Су-2) was a Soviet reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft used in the early stages of World War II.

Sukhoi Su-2 Ivanov


In 1936, Joseph Stalin released a requirement for a multipurpose combat aircraft. Codenamed Ivanov, the airplane had to be capable of performing reconnaissance and then attacking the targets it located.[1] P. O. Sukhoi was working in the Tupolev OKB at the time and designed (copied the aircraft from a Lithuanian Antanas Gustaitis; the main aircraft was ANBO-8[citation needed]) the "Ivanov" aircraft under the tutelage of Andrei Tupolev. The resulting ANT-51 flew on 25 August 1937 with M. M. Gromov at the controls. Powered by a 610 kW (820 hp) Shvetsov M-62 air-cooled radial engine,the ANT-51 reached 403 km/h (220 kn, 250 mph) at 4,700 m (15,420 ft). This was considered insufficient but since the basic design was sound, it was decided to re-test it with a more powerful engine. Equipped with a 746 kW (1,000 hp) Tumansky M-87 engine, the ANT-51 reached 468 km/h (255 kn, 290 mph) at 5,600 m (18,370 ft) and was accepted into production as BB-1 (Blizhniy Bombardirovschik; Russian: Ближний Бомбардировщик — "short-range bomber"). In 1940, the aircraft was renamed Su-2 and the unreliable M-87 engine was replaced with a Tumansky M-88. This lightened version with an M-88B engine reached 512 km/h (275 kn, 320 mph) in testing.


The Su-2 was of mixed construction. The fuselage was semi-monocoque with wood spars and a plywood skin. The wings were of duralumin and steel construction with fabric-covered rod-actuated control surfaces. The pilot and gunner were protected with 9 mm (0.35 in) of armor. The taildragger landing gear was retractable, including the tailwheel

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Although 910 Su-2s were built by the time production was discontinued in 1942,[2] the aircraft was obsolete and underarmed by the start of the Great Patriotic War. In combat, the Su-2 ground attack aircraft squadrons suffered heavy losses against the Germans, with some 222 aircraft destroyed. From 1942, the Su-2 was withdrawn from the frontline and replaced by Ilyushin Il-2, Petlyakov Pe-2 and Tupolev Tu-2 bombers. The Su-2 was relegated to a training and reconnaissance role. However, due to a critical shortage of aircraft in early World War II, some Su-2s were used as emergency fighters

Aerobatic  Su-2 Ivanov

The Sukhoi Su-2 (Russian: Сухой Су-2) was a Soviet reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft used in the early stages of World War II. It was the first airplane designed by Pavel Sukhoi. The basic design received an engine and armament upgrade (Su-4) and was modified for the ground-attack role (ShB).

  • History

    Role  Reconnaissance aircraft and light bomber

    National origin  Soviet Union

    Manufacturer  Sukhoi; Designer  Pavel Sukhoi;
    Andrei Tupolev

    First flight  25 August 1937; Introduction  December 1939

    Retired  1944

    Primary user  Soviet Air Forces

    Number built  910

  • Primary User

        Crew: 2

        Length: 10.46 m (34 ft 4 in)

        Wingspan: 14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)

        Height: 3.75 m (12 ft 3 in)

        Empty weight: 3,220 kg (7,100 lb);

        Loaded weight: 4,700 kg (10,360 lb)

        Fuel capacity: 1,240 l (270 imp gal; 330 US gal)

        Powerplant: 1 × Shvetsov M-82 radial engine, 1,044 kW (1,400 hp)

  • Variants

        Maximum speed: 485 km/h (300 mph, 260 kn) at altitude

        Range: 1,100 km (685 mi; 595 nmi)

        Service ceiling: 8,400 m (27,560 ft)


        6 × 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns (4 in the wings, 1 in rear turret, 1 in the hatch in the floor)

        10 × RS-82 rockets

        8 × RS-132 rockets

        Up to 600 kg (1,320 lb) of bombs in the internal bomb bay and underwing hardpoints

Sukhoi SU-2 Ivanov


The Sukhoi Su-2 (Russian: Сухой Су-2) was a Soviet reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft used in the early stages of World War II.


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