Petlyakov Pe-3bis Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1941
Type: Long-Range Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
National Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer(s): Petlyakov - Soviet Union
Production Total: 360
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 41.34 feet (12.6 meters)
Overall Width: 56.20 feet (17.13 meters)
Overall Height: 11.22 feet (3.42 meters)
Weight (Empty): 12,919 lb (5,860 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 17,637 lb (8,000 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 2 x Klimov M-105RA V-12 piston engines developing 1,100 horsepower each.
Maximum Speed: 329 mph (530 kph; 286 knots)
Maximum Range: 932 miles (1,500 km)
Service Ceiling: 29,856 feet (9,100 meters; 5.65 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 750 feet-per-minute (229 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
1 x 20mm ShVAK cannon in nose assembly
2 x 12.7mm UBK heavy machine guns (fixed, forward-firing) in fuselage.
1 x 12.7mm UBT heavy machine gun in dorsal position.
1 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun in tail position
Up to 1,540lbs of internal/external stores.
Global Operators / Customers
Finland; Soviet Union
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Pe-2 - Original Dive Bomber Form from which the Pe-3 is derived from.
Pe-3 - Dedicated heavy fighter based on the Pe-2; original production models; appearing in 1941; night fighter form with specialized equipment also developed.
Pe-3bis - Improved, upgraded Pe-3 mounts appearing in 1942.
Pe-3M - Production models of 1944 onwards with subtle changes.