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In accordance with this demand, the aircraft industry proposed commissioning a heavy armoured ground- attack aircraft (TSh-B - tyazholyy shtoormovik-bombardirovshchlk) for the destruction of well-protected ground targets, including tanks, on the battlefield. TsAGI received the commission for the TSh-B, designated ANT-17 in the Tupolev OKB, in 1929 and work was undertaken in 1930 on designing an unconventional aircraft with a heavy offensive cannon and machine-gun armament, bombs, and an early comprehensive form of armour protection.

The ANT-14 was completed on 30th July 1931, and on 14th August M. M. Gromov made the first flight. He reported that the aircraft behaved well, was easy to handle and was not susceptible to turbulence. The test flights passed without a hitch; encouraged by this, the designers decided to increase the seating capacity to 36. The aircraft proved successful and on a par with foreign A four-view of the ANT-14, illustrating the two alternative main landing gear designs used. machines of the same class, but it was not placed in production.

The SPB (skorosnoy pikeeruyushchiy bombardirovshchik - fast dive bomber) version consisting of a TB-3 Top left: The ANT-6 prototype. Note the original shape of the engine nacelles with forwardmounted radiators. Above left: Paratroopers take the jump from a TB-3 4M-17 with the tail number '8 Red'. Left: Two TB-3s powered by the later M-17F engines with aft-mounted radiators. Note the identification stripes on the wings. Right: An l-Z fighter equipped with a special hook engages the trapeze of the TB-3 serving as the mother ship' of the Zveno-4 system.

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