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Polikarpov R-Z
Polikarpov R-Z
Role Light bomber
Operators Soviet Union
No. of positions 2
Position 1 Pilot
7.62mm machine gun
Position 2 7.62mm machine gun

Polikarpov R-Z is a Soviet biplane light bomber.


The Polikarpov R-Z was the last version of the successful R-5 series and first saw action during the Spanish Civil War. Originally intended as a reconnaissance bomber, the rugged R-Z became also a ground attack aircraft in the Soviet airforce until being replaced by the Ilyushin Il-2. However, some R-Z were kept in service with light bomber units, for example the famous "Night Witches".

The Polikarpov R-Z has one forward firing 7.62mm PV-1 machine gun, and one 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun for the rear gunner. It delivers bombs that are lighter than those of Kawasaki Ki-3, but it can fly faster than its Japanese counterpart.

It can be found on 3908-Zhukovs Strike.

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