Petlyakov Pe-3 in Kurks

Pe-3 /Early
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank II (2)
Battle Rating 2.3
Type Heavy fighter / Strike fighter
Maximum Speed on height 513 km/h
Maximum Altitude 8100 m
Turn Time 28.5 sec
Rate of Climb 6 m/s
Takeoff Run 326 m
Armament 1x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun (450 rds)

2x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun (300 rds)
2x Turret: 1x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun (1000 rds)

Burst Mass 1.54 kg/s

Petlyakov Pe-3 Edit

The Petlyakov Pe-3 was the long-range, night fighter version of the successful Petlyakov Pe-2 high-speed bomber used by theSoviet Union during World War II.

Its design and use followed a comparable path to those taken by the German Luftwaffe with the Junkers Ju 88 and the BritishRoyal Air Force with the De Havilland Mosquito. The Soviets realized the need for a night fighter after the first night bombing ofMoscow during Operation Barbarossa. The Petlyakov Pe-2 was selected for modification as the most suitable aircraft available.

It was initially used for daylight ground attack missions during the Battle of Moscow, but this proved to be costly since the aircraft was unarmored. Armor and additional guns were retrofitted to the existing aircraft to make it more effective, but the evacuation of the sole factory building the Pe-3 in October 1941 limited the number of aircraft available and many units of the Soviet Air Forcesflying the Pe-3 were either disbanded or converted to other aircraft. Although production was stopped and restarted several times, the aircraft remained in service throughout World War II.

Most of the later production runs were given to reconnaissance units.

Development Edit

Role: Heavy fighter, Night fighter

Designer: Vladimir Petlyakov

Produced: 1941-1944

Number built: 360 (Version Pe-3, 207 built)

Retired: 1945

Petlyakov Pe-21

Petlyakov Pe-3 Captured by the Germans