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Polikarpov I-16
Polikarpov I-16 render
Role Fighter
Operators Soviet Union
China
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
7.62mm machine guns
20mm cannons

The Polikarpov I-16 is a Soviet fighter and ground attack plane.

DescriptionEdit

The I-16 saw first action prior to WW2 in the Spanish Civil War and in the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts. It still formed the backbone of the Russian fighter squadrons when Germany invades Soviet Russia in Summer 1941. It has two 7.62 mm (0.30 in) ShKAS machine guns in the upper cowings and two 20 mm (0.79 in) ShVAK cannons in the wings. In the ground attack role, they can also carry six RS-82 air-to-ground rockets. Though very rugged and well armed, the I-16 was outperformed by the German Messerschmidt BF109 in terms of speed. China also received a number of this planes and used them against the Japanese.

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