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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
5.9 tEmpty weight
8.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 800 mCeiling
sec34.6/34.6/33.8Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Klimov VK-105REngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 1
250 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
2 х 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 2
495 roundsAmmunition
1 026 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
200 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
250 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 2
2 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb
2 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
Setup 3
6 х RS-132 rocketsSetup 4
6 х RBS-132 rocketsSetup 5
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 990 / 2 588/2 580 / 3 356/1 170 / 1 522Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Russian twin-engine fighter Pe-3bis. For other versions, see Pe-3/E and Pe-3.


GarageImage Pe-3bis.jpg

The Pe-3bis is a rank III Russian twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB) and 3.0 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
512 495 8 800 35.1 36.3 6.4 6.4 326
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 8 800  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 326


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
740 450 320 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 380 < 440 > 307
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 1,100 hp 1,186 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,050 hp 1,132 hp

Survivability and armour

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Offensive armament

The Pe-3bis is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon, nose-mounted (250 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, belly-mounted (265 rpg left + 230 rpg right = 495 total)

Suspended armament

The Pe-3bis 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

The Pe-3bis is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (200 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, tail turret (250 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm Turret 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs New 7 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm Turret 12 mm RO-132
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons New 12 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons

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In-game description

Petlyakov Pe-3bis Heavy Twin-Engine Fighter.

In April 1942, the Pe-3bis, an improved version of the Pe-3, began full-scale production. The most significant improvements concerned the main armament: a 20 mm ShVAK cannon with 250 rounds was installed in the nose fuselage section. Two 12.7mm Berezin UBK machine guns were placed under the center wing section where the Pe-2's bomb bay once had been. The starboard gun had 230 rounds, whereas the port gun was given 265 rounds. A VUB-1 defensive turret was mounted at the navigator's station and had a 12.7mm UBK machine gun with a pneumatic reloading system and 200 rounds. A 7.62mm fixed ShKAS machine gun with 250 rounds was put in the tail cone.

Various changes and improvements were introduced into the airframe structure and the plane's equipment. The wing panels of the Pe-3bis were equipped with automatic leading edge flaps. The crash pylon was removed from the crew cockpit to improve the navigator's working conditions, and the cockpit armor was reinforced. Only a part of the glazing on the nose fuselage section was left, namely a pair of narrow side blisters and a small navigator's porthole to aim when bombing. Blackout shutters were provided for the whole of the cockpit glazing.

The nitrogen fuel tank pressurization system was replaced with one that used cooled inert gases fed to the tanks from the engine exhaust. Transferring the battery of guns to the center wing section required reduction of the capacity of fuselage fuel tank No. 7 by 100 liters. An asbestos bulkhead separated the tank from the machine guns and, at the same time, protected the weapons from dripping gasoline.

121 Pe-3bis aircraft were built in 1942. The industry provided the front lines with 13 more planes at the beginning of 1943. Due to the relatively small production volume, different changes were introduced occasionally in the Pe-3bis design and were subsequently applied to full-scale production Pe-2s, if these changes had proven to be effective. The following items appeared and were tested on production Pe-3bis planes: a VUB-1 upper turret, a new canopy for the pilot's cockpit, increased forward projection of the main landing gear legs, an advanced fuel supply system, and an inert gas fuel tank pressurization system.

An attempt to resume the production of Pe-3 fighters was made at the beginning of 1944. For a variety of reasons, this version of the fighter did not meet the Air Force's requirements. Its armament was outright weak: one 12.7mm UBK machine gun in the nose fairing and only one 20mm ShVAK cannon in the center wing section.

Since the DEU-1 remote-controlled defensive mount which had been planned for installation was not ready, two DAG-10 grenade launchers with AG-2 aerial grenades were fitted in the rear fuselage section, instead.

Due to the aircraft's obvious non-compliance with the requirements of the specification, only 19 production Pe-3 planes of this variant were built.

Pe-3/Pe-3bis fighters were in service only with the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army and naval aviation. As part of the Air Force of the Northern Fleet, several planes outlasted the war and served until 1946, and the final Pe-3s survived up to the beginning of the 50s.


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See also

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External links

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USSR twin-engine fighters
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