Lavochkin La-200B


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Lavochkin La-200B

The issue in November 1951 of a specification for an all-weather fighter capable of mounting standing patrols led the Lavochkin bureau to undertake some redesign of the La-200. The side-by-side seating for the two crew members was retained, and the centre and aft fuselage were comparatively unchanged, but the forward fuselage was entirely redesigned. The extreme nose was formed by a large dielectric radome of more than 1.0m diameter. The early single-antenna Torii-A radar was replaced by a large RP-6 Sokol (Falcon) radar with three different scan modes, and twin ventral strakes supplanted the single strake of the second La-200. The additional fuel required to achieve the specified endurance was provided by increasing the capacity of each underwing tank from 1120 l to 2650 l. Two 3100kg Klimov VK-1 turbojets were installed, the forward engine's air being supplied through a chin intake and that for the aft engine being provided by "elephant ear" type intakes on the sides of the extended nose. Armament remained three 37mm cannon and the first flight test was made on 3 July 1952, a mock-up of the Sokol radar initially being fitted, tests with the radar installed commencing on 10 September. An extensive test programme was conducted, but, in the event, the competitive Yak-120 was selected to fulfil the requirement.

Lavochkin La-200B

  Take-off weight12700 kg27999 lb
  Empty weight8810 kg19423 lb
  Wingspan12.96 m43 ft 6 in
  Length17.32 m57 ft 10 in
  Wing area40.00 m2430.56 sq ft
  Max. speed1030 km/h640 mph
  Range2800 km1740 miles

Lavochkin La-200BA three-view drawing (1690 x 1157)

Anonymous, 12.02.2021 07:35

Did those three engine ducts have a negative impact on performance?


changmarin, e-mail, 03.04.2012 18:42

Strike compelling, I meant awesome.


changmarin, e-mail, 02.04.2012 17:11

Compelling comment 3VI. WWII german aircrafts captivated me when I was kid until now and have been trying to discribe that perception since then.


lxbfYeaa, e-mail, 14.03.2024 changmarin



bombardier, e-mail, 23.05.2011 14:33

The La-200B was the ugly duckling which never had a chance to become a swift


3VI, e-mail, 20.08.2007 20:42

Embarassing but so fascinating uglyness...


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