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Nikitin PSN-1
 
Nikitin-PSN-1
 
From 1933 a series of special projects was initiated under the PSN banner (Planer Spetsial'nogo Naznachenaya - Glider for Special Purposes). A proposal was made by S.F. Valk for a glider anti-shipping bomb with Infra-Red guidance, which was expanded to include DPT (long-range glider torpedo), LTDD (Long-range flying torpedo) and BMP (towed mine glider). To evaluate the Kvant Infra-Red guidance a piloted anti-shipping missile version was produced as the Nikitin PSN-1. Vasilii Vasilyevich Nikitin and N.G. Mikhelson designed a small single-seat monoplane flying boat glider with floats at approx 1/2 span, carrying a torpedo underneath. The PSN-1 was carried aloft by either Tupolev TB-3 or Tupolev TB-7 motherships and released at the appropriate height.
 
At least 10 were built in the USSR from 1937 and many of these were flown during trials of the autopilot and the Kvant (Quantum) guidance system.
 
PSN-1
Powerplant: 1 × MG-11F
Wingspan: 18 m (26 ft 3 in)
Empty weight: 970 kg (2,138 lb)
Gross weight: 2,000 kg (4,409 lb)
Maximum speed: 168 km/h (104 mph, 90 kn)
Crew: 1
 
 
 
 


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