The I-180 is an experimental pre-war further development of the renowned I-16 fighter, intended to offer much improved performance over its predecessor. The I-180S, a production version of the aircraft built only in limited numbers, will await War Thunder players as one of the prizes obtainable in the upcoming ”Battlefield Engineer” event!
Briefly: A fast and highly nimble Soviet fighter design, intended to replace the I-16.
Development of the I-180 began in 1938, with the Polikarpov design bureau starting work on creating a new aircraft to meet the requirements of the Soviet Air Force at the time. In order to do so, engineers decided to base the new machine on a modified I-16 design and to install a more powerful radial engine. As a result, the I-180 was created. However, development and testing of prototypes was plagued with numerous issues, including many accidents. This, coupled with the arrival of new Soviet fighter designs quickly cast a shadow on the I-180 project which ultimately led to the project being cancelled by the end of 1940. Prior to the cancellation, a production version of the machine - the I-180S - was built but only in very limited numbers. In total, around 13 I-180s were built, including prototypes, but none saw any active service.
More powerful compared to the I-16 radial engine allows the aircraft to develop quite a decent speed for its rank: the I-180S is able to reach a very impressive top speed of 585 km/h at medium altitudes.
Apart from great flight characteristics, the I-180S won’t disappoint its future owners in terms of firepower either, as its armed with a pair of both 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns - such weaponry can literally tear through aircraft in low ranked battles. The premium status of this vehicle will provide its owners with pleasant bonuses.
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