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Moskalev SAM-23

Ground-Attack Aircraft Proposal

Moskalev SAM-23

Ground-Attack Aircraft Proposal

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Overview



The Moskalev SAM-23 of 1943 was drawn up as a potential dedicated ground-attack platform armed through machine guns, cannon, and rockets.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1943
STATUS: Cancelled
MANUFACTURER(S): Moskalev - Soviet Union
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Soviet Union (cancelled).
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Moskalev SAM-23 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
POWER: 1 x Mikulin M-11 piston engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration at the rear of the fuselage nacelle.
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Armament



PROPOSED:
2 x 20mm ShVAK autocannons.
2 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine guns.

OPTIONAL:
4 x RS-82 air-to-surface rockets.
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Variants / Models



• SAM-23 - Base Project Designation.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Moskalev SAM-23 Ground-Attack Aircraft Proposal.  Entry last updated on 1/18/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Alexsandr A. Moskalev never found the level of success that his Soviet World War 2-era (1939-1945) peers found - most of his forward-thinking designs ended their days as mere "paper airplanes". Plenty of contributions were apparent, however, and these ranged from the SAM-1 sesquiplane monoplane fighter of 1930 to the SAM-28 motorized glider of 1943. In-between there lay a plethora of design forms that included the "SAM-23", a single-seat, single-engine ground-attack aircraft of unique design form appearing during the fighting of World War 2 in 1943.

NOTE: The "SAM-23" designation was also used for a later troop-carrying glider of 1944. While incorporating a twin-boom layout, it held a boxy fuselage and was its own design apart from the SAM-23 ground-attack platform detailed in this article.

The aircraft was given a centralized nacelle making up the fuselage and housing the avionics, cockpit, and propulsion system while the tail section was made up of a twin-boom configuration. The single-seat cockpit was positioned just aft of the rounded nose section and covered over in a framed canopy. Views to the rear were obstructed by the raised dorsal spine as well as the wing mainplanes, which were shoulder-mounted atop the fuselage. The engine was seated aft and above the pilot's position in "pusher" configuration and set to drive a simple two-bladed propeller unit - pushing air between the two tail booms. The booms were joined at the aft-end of the aircraft by a single horizontal plane which, rather interestingly, mounted only a single vertical tail fin (two outboard planes were typical of such designs). The undercarriage was fixed and of a tail-dragger arrangement, incorporating two large main wheels forward and a small single wheel aft.

Drive power was to come from 1 x Mikulin M-11 series engine offering 150 horsepower.

One of the more interesting aspects the aircraft was a retracting tail wheel skid that is explained as a rudimentary terrain-following device, lowered and raised as needed.

The aircraft was proposed with armament comprised of 2 x 20mm ShVAK autocannons as well as 2 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine guns to go along with support for up to 4 x RS-82 air-to-surface rockets. This would have given it considerable killing power for the period, certainly suitable for ground-attack sorties against German convoys and static postions.

Like other Moskalev designs of the period, the radical SAM-23 proposal was not advanced.




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MF Power Rating
44
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Unit Production (0)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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