Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

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Aircraft engine: Klimov M-103

Klimov M-103
USSR
inline engine
1936



Configuration12-cylinder V
Coolingliquid-cooled
Displacement36 l (2,197 cu in)
Weight470 kg (1,036 lb)
Climb power850 hp

A development of the Hispano-Suiza Ybrs engine licence-built in USSR since 1935 under the designation M-100. That licence was purchased in order to obtain a powerful inline engine for fighter aircraft. Vladimir Yakovlevich Klimov was responsible for the licence purchase, introduction of the engine to production and further modifications.

In comparison with the M-100, the M-103 had increased compresion ratio and RPM of the supercharger. The cruise power increased from 780 to 850 hp. In 1938 the M-103A version, with the take-off power of 1,000 hp was introduced. The M-103 was used in the SB-2 bomber aircraft. As a result of subsequent changes and improvements of the license, the new Klimov’s engine, M-105, known later as VK-105, appeared. It was built in large numbers during World War II.

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