Tupolev ANT-16

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ANT-16 (TB-4)
Role Heavy bomber
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Tupolev
First flight 3 July 1933
Status Retired
Primary user Soviet Union
Number built One
Developed from Tupolev TB-3
Variants ANT-20

Tupolev ANT-16 (also known as TB-4; Russian: Тяжелый БомбардировщикHeavy Bomber) was an experimental heavy bomber aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. Conceptually representing evolution of the TB-3 bomber, ANT-16 was designed under the doctrine that size and payload were more important for a bomber than speed because it would be able to protect itself with defensive armament.[1] The twin 5 by 1.8 by 1.8 metres (16.4 ft × 5.9 ft × 5.9 ft) × 16.5 by 5.11 by 5.11 feet (5.03 m × 1.56 m × 1.56 m) bomb bays were the largest in the world at the time and presented many design challenges in order to preserve structural rigidity of the airframe.[1]

The sole prototype first flew on 3 July 1933 with M. M. Gromov at the controls. The test flight program was completed by 29 September 1933 with disappointing results. The two top-mounted engines performed poorly and a significant portion of thrust generated by the wing-mounted powerplants was absorbed by the 2-meter-thick (6 ft 7 in) wing. A proposal to re-equip the aircraft with Mikulin AM-35 engines of 933 kW (1,250 hp) was not implemented.[1]

Specifications (ANT-16)[edit]

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Data from Shavrov 1985[1]

General characteristics



  • Guns: 2x20mm cannon, 5x2 7.62mm DA machine guns
  • Bombs: Up to 10,000 kg (22,046 lb) of bombs – 40 × 250 kg (551 lb) or 20 × 500 kg (1,102 lb)

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ a b c d Shavrov V.B. (1985). Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR do 1938 g. (3 izd.) (in Russian). Mashinostroenie. ISBN 5-217-03112-3.