QUARTERLY ESTIMATE OF THE PRODUCTION OF AIRCRAFT IN THE SINO-SOVIET BLOC, JULY-

Created: 11/25/1955

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INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM

QUARTERLY ESTIMATE OF THE PRODUCTION OF AIRCRAFT IN THE SINO-SOVIET BLOC5

CIA/RR55

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Office of Research and Reports

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FOREWORD

This publication is the seconderies to be issueduarterly basis summarizing production of aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc. The.estimates presented arc Intended to supersede thosein previous CIA reports and ore published to satisfy consumer requests for the most recent estimates of aircraft production in the Bloc. Both the methodology and the technical terms employed in previous reports have been utilized in the present report. Changee in the estimates have resulted from later information and analysis rather than from any methodological change. No Interagencyhas been attempted.

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CONTENTS

Trends In

Soviet Production

3- Satellite Production

Tab It-^

Production of Aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc,

by3 through Third5

Production of Aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc,

by3 through Third5

Production of Aircraft in the USSR, by Number,

hroush Third5

It. Estimated Production of Aircraft in the USSR, by Weight,

hrough Third5

5- Estimated Production of Aircraft in the European Satellites,

by3 through Third5

6. Estimated Production of Aircraft in the European Satellites,

by3 through Third5

QUARTERr TiS paODUCriOfi OF AIRCRAFT LH THE SUM-SOVIET BLOC

In Production.

Froa the second to the third quarter5 the number of aircraft produced in the Sino-Soviet Bloctr oomevhat less thanorccnt decline in the number of aircraft produced in the preceding quarter. The decline was principally in thoof fighter aircraft In the USSR, where the production of the Pre ceos being replaced by the production of later models. Fifty percent of the aircraft produced were combat types.

In contrast to the reduction in numbers of aircraft produced from the second to the third quarterhe production of aircraft in terms of airframe weightercent, compared with on increase In airframe weightercent in the preceding quarter. This Increase results from the trend toward greater weight in Eodern aircraft.

Production.

The USSR produces most of the aircraft manufactured in the Sino-Soviet Bloc. Ofircraft produced in the third quarterircraft, or overercent, were produced In then the basis of airframe weight,ercent of the total production of aircraft In the Bloc took place in the USSR. The difference between the Soviet share of productioneight baslo as opposednit basis Is explained by the production or relatively lighter aircraft by the European Satellites.

* The estimates and conclusions contained in this memorandum represent tho best Judgment of ORR as of Estimated production of aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc3 through the third quartery number, is given In Table.elow, and by airframe weight, In Table.elow. Production of aircraft in the USSR3 through the third quartery number, is given in Table.elow, and by airframe weight, in Table.elow.

The estimate for the production Of medium bombers (Badgers) in the USSR has been lowered

uespite the lowered estimate, in the third quarter5 the total production of bombers still constituted overercent of the Soviet production of aircraft, by weight.

3- Satellite Production.

In the third quarter5 the European Satellitesircraft, or lU percent of the total production of aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc* There is still no indication that Communist China or the Asiatic Satellites are producing aircraft. Czechoslovakia is still the largest producer among the Satellites, accounting forercent of the total Satellite production of aircraft, in numbers. The decrease in Czechoslovak production in the third quarter5 is explained by the termination of production of the Beastt is not yet known what model will be produced in place of the Beast.

The estimate for the production of Jet fighters (Fagots) in Poland was increased

a

In the revised

* Production of aircraft in the European Satellites3 through the third quartery number, is given in Table.elow, and by airframe weight, in Table.elow.

estimate, production of Fagots In Polana is greater than that in Czechoslovakia.

Estimated Production of Aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc, by3 through Third5

Unlti

mi.

ofet bomber

1st Quarter uarter uarter

Heavy

bomber

fighter

attack

a/

Helicopters

and utility aircraft.

Estimated Production of Aircraft in the Sino-Soviet Bloc, by3 through Third5

Thousand Pounds of Airframe Weight

Type of Aircraft 3 * let Quarter uarter uarter

Jet bceber

Heavy

bomber

fighter

attack

b/

figures include production of spare parts.

gliders, seaplanes, and utility aircraft.

Table 3

Estimated Production of Alrcruft In the USSR, by3 through Third5

Units

Type ofst Quarteruarteruarter Jet bomber

Heavy

Medium

Light

bomber

fighter

Piston

684

828

207

207

207

a/

a. Helicopters, gliders, and seaplanes.

Estimated Production of Aircraft in the USSR, by3 through Third5

Pounds of Airframe Weight S/

Type of* 1st Quarteruarteruarter Jet bomber

Beavy

bomber

fighter

b/

figures include the production of spare parts.

gliders, and seaplanes.

Estimated Production of Aircraft in the European Satellites, by3 through Third5

Poland

Total Bulgaria Rumania Hungary

Grand total

SCflffiE-T

Table 6

Eotlnated Production of Aircraft la the European Satelllteo, by3 through Third5

Thousand Pounds of Airframe Weight

Country

of Aircraft

fighter

attack

trainer

trainer -

transport

fighter

trainer

trainer

trainer

total

a. These figures include production of spare parts.

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