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Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz) Fighter (1946)

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The Lavochkin La-9 was a further evolution of the Lavochkin La-126 prototype.

The Lavochkin La-9 series (codename "Fritz" by NATO) was a direct development of the Lavochkin La-126 prototype. In essence, the La-9 represented the La-7 but with all-metal construction as opposed to wood used in the with modifications to help improve performance as a whole. The system was fielded in 1946 and served among the ranks of various Soviet Bloc countries, was produced over a two year production run and saw over 1,500 examples built in that span.

The La-9 featured a low-wing monoplane design with the single seat cockpit in the middle of the streamlined fuselage. The landing gear assembly was of a traditional sort and included a retractable rear tail wheel. Armament consisted of an impressive array of 4 x 23mm cannon of Nudelman-Suranov design (NS-23) with 75 rounds per gun. The all-metal construction used in the La-9 production allowed the designers to save precious weight which, in turn, produced an increase in fuel capacity which allowed for greater range. The weight saving move also allowed for the inclusion of the 23mm cannons in the nose.

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Specifications for the
Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)

Focus Model: Lavochkin La-9 (Fritz)
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Lavochkin - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1946
Production: 1,559

Crew: 1

Length: 28.31ft (8.63m)
Width: 32.15ft (9.80m)
Height: 11.68ft (3.56m)
Weight (Empty): 12,822lbs (5,816kg)
Weight (MTOW): 16,647lbs (7,551kg)

Powerplant: 1 x Shvetsov ASh-82FN air-cooled radial piston engine generating 1,850hp.

Maximum Speed: 429mph (690kmh; 373kts)
Maximum Range: 672miles (1,082km)
Service Ceiling: 35,433ft (10,800m; 6.7miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,489 feet per minute (1,063m/min)

Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
4 x 23mm Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 cannons

La-130 - Prototype

La-9 - Base Fighter Model Designation

La-9UTI - Two-Seat Conversion Trainer

La-132 - Proposed Prototype Variant fitted with Shvetsov M-93 engine; never produced.

La-9M - Prototyped Long Range Variant

Soviet Union; China; Romania; North Korea