Pe-3 (e)

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Pe-3 Early
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
8.07 tTake-off weight
1.9 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8400 mCeiling
2 х Klimov VK-105REngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1026 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
450 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
250 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 2
2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb
2 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
Setup 3
6 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 4
6 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 5
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1100 / 1404/1100 / 1404/670 / 855Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png190 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet twin-engine fighter Pe-3 (e). For other variants, see Pe-3 (Family).


GarageImage Pe-3 E.jpg

The Pe-3 Early is a rank II Soviet twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 2.3 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 517 502 8400 27.4 28.7 7.5 7.4 326
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 450 ___ ___ 320 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 440 > 307

Survivability and armour

  • 4 mm steel behind the pilot's butt
  • 6 mm steel beside and below gunner
  • 12 mm steel in front of gunner*
  • 13 mm steel below and behind pilot
  • 45 mm bulletproof glass in front of pilot
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks, with neutral gas pressurization system (3 in central fuselage, 4 in each wing)

*Note, the gunner is rear-facing


Offensive armament

The Pe-3 (e) is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose-mounted (450 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Pe-3 (e) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (700 kg total)
  • 6 x RS-132 rockets
  • 6 x RBS-132 rockets

Defensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The Pe-3 (e) is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, tail turret (250 rpg)

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm Offensive 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 12 mm RO-132
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • High speed
  • Great roll rate
  • Quite maneuverable
  • Can carry bombs and rockets ( including powerful anti-tank RBS-132 rockets that can penetrate 85 mm of armour!)
  • Very low repair cost for its rank and BR
  • Well-armored


  • Low ammo count
  • Classified as a twin-engine fighter; payload re-arm is slow in arcade battle maps
  • One 7.62 mm MG, which won't deter any tailing fighter
  • Turn time will not compete with any fighter, unless its a heavy fighter


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In-game description

Petlyakov Pe-3 Heavy Twin-Engine Fighter.

When the Great Patriotic War began in the summer of 1941, the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army urgently needed a patrol/interceptor aircraft to fight the enemy's bombers and scouts. But with a war in progress, troops could only quickly receive a twin-engined fighter if it were based on some plane currently in production. The older Pe-2's fighter design fit this need perfectly.

In August 1941, the Petlyakov Design Bureau was instructed to design a fighter version of the Pe-2. The first prototype Pe-3 fighter, redesigned from the production Pe-2 bomber, series 16, flew for the first time on August 7, 1941. Only seven days passed between the order for the aircraft and its delivery for trials!

Structurally, the Pe-3 fighter differed from the Pe-2 in the layout of its forward and middle fuselage and its armament. Additional fuel tanks were put in the plane's fuselage, with one located in the bomb bay and two others replacing the gunner's cockpit. The plane was modified to be a two-seater.

The fighter had increased offensive armament. The nose weapon mount of the prototype Pe-3 model consisted of two 12.7mm Berezin BK machine guns with 150 rounds each and one 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun with 450 rounds. The TSS-1 upper mount in the navigator's cockpit consisting of a 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun with 750 rounds was kept unchanged from the Pe-2. Since there was no one to provide fire from the lower rear of the aircraft, a fixed tail mount with a 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun with 250 rounds, which had been tested before on the VI-100 high-altitude fighter, was installed.

The plane's bombing armament was drastically simplified. Only four bomb racks remained from the Pe-2: two in the engine nacelle bomb bays and two (external) under the fuselage. The total bomb capacity was reduced to 400 kg for standard load and 700 kg (two 250-kg bombs and two 100-kg bombs) when overloaded. The brake covers under the wings were removed together with the gears, and, as a result, the ability to perform dive bombing was gone.

Production Pe-3s had the ShKAS nose machine gun removed, but the magazine capacity of the BK machine guns was increased up to 250 rounds each.

During armament testing of the nose mount, it was found that the Plexiglas fuselage nose section could not withstand the muzzle gas pressure, resulting in its destruction. Plexiglas was first replaced with duralumin and then with steel. The aircraft glazing was reduced when large observation blisters and the upper glass hatch of the gunner's cockpit were removed.

The heavy fighters were delivered from the factory to the front lines with equipment corresponding to the main production Pe-3 aircraft. The total number of Pe-3s built in 1941 was 196; 11 more planes were assembled from available stocks of parts in April 1942.


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

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V.M. Petlyakov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Петлякова)
Fighters  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Bombers  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8

USSR twin-engine fighters
Petlyakov  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Polikarpov  TIS MA
Yakovlev  I-29