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Industry  Aerospace
Founded  1924
Products  Aircraft
Defunct  30 July 1944
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Fate  Absorbed into Lavochkin
Key people  Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov
Successors  Lavochkin, Mikoyan, Sukhoi

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Polikarpov Design Bureau was a Soviet OKB (design bureau) for aircraft, led by Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov. Dux Factory was acquired by the USSR and became part of Polikarpov.


After the death of Polikarpov on 30 July 1944 at the age of 52, his OKB was absorbed into Lavochkin, but with some of its engineers going to Mikoyan-Gurevich and its production facilities going to Sukhoi. For long time the Polikarpov OKB headquarters were located at Aircraft plant #1 (formerly Dux Factory) in Moscow, where its specially built building still stands.

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Polikarpov designs:


  • TB-2 twin-engined biplane bomber prototype, 1930
  • SPB (D) twin-engined dive bomber developed from the VIT-2, 1940
  • NB (T) medium bomber prototype, 1944
  • Fighters

  • I-1 (IL-400) monoplane fighter prototype, 1923
  • DI-1 (2I-N1) twin seat biplane fighter prototype, 1926
  • I-3 biplane fighter, 1928
  • DI-2 two-seat biplane fighter developed from the I-3, 1929
  • I-6 biplane fighter prototype, 1930
  • I-5 biplane fighter, 1930
  • I-15 Chaika biplane fighter, 1933
  • I-16 fighter, 1933
  • I-15-2/I-152 (I-15bis) prototype modernized version of I-15, 1938
  • I-15-3/I-153 Chaika biplane fighter
  • I-17 fighter prototype, 1934
  • I-180 prototype fighter developed from the I-16, 1938
  • I-185 prototype fighter developed from the I-180, 1941
  • I-190 biplane fighter prototype developed from I-153, 1939
  • I-200 (MiG-1) fighter
  • TIS (MA) twin engined heavy fighter prototype, 1941
  • ITP (M) fighter prototype, 1942
  • Malyutka rocket-powered fighter abandoned incomplete upon Polikarpov's death
  • Ground attack

  • VIT-1 twin engined attack aircraft prototype, 1937
  • VIT-2 development of VIT-1, 1938
  • Ivanov ground attack aircraft prototype, 1938
  • Reconnaissance

  • R-1 unlicensed copy of the British Airco DH.9A bomber
  • MR-1 floatplane version of R-1
  • R-2 biplane reconnaissance aircraft based on R-1
  • R-4 biplane reconnaissance aircraft (R-1 development)
  • R-5 biplane reconnaissance aircraft, 1928
  • SSS light bomber development of R-5
  • R-Z reconnaissance/light bomber, developed from the R-5, 1935
  • Airliners/transport

  • PM-1 (P-2) biplane airliner
  • PM-2 (PM-2) floatplane
  • P-5 light transport version of R-5
  • PR-5 airliner developed from R-5
  • PR-12 monoplane airliner development based on the PR-5, 1938
  • P-Z commercial variant of R-Z
  • BDP (S) transport glider
  • MP powered version of the BDP
  • Limozin (D) light transport aircraft abandoned incomplete upon Polikarpov's death
  • Trainers

  • Po-2/U-2 "Mule" general purpose biplane, 1929
  • P-2 biplane trainer, 1927
  • References

    Polikarpov Wikipedia

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