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Soviet Istrebitel (Fighter) Designations

I-1 to I-410

From the mid-1920's until into the 1950's, Soviet fighter (istrebitel) aircraft were given an official designation consisting of the letter "I" and a sequence number. The table below lists the istrebitel aircraft in order. The following information is provided:

Manufacturer Model Istrebitel Comments
Grigorovich I-1 I-1 Re-designed as I-2.
Polikarpov IL-400 I-1 Limited production; no service.
Grigorovich I-2 I-2 Production: 211.
Polikarpov I-3 I-3 Production: 240 - 399
Tupolev ANT-5 I-4 Production: 369; also used in Aviamatka trials with TB-1.
Tupolev ANT-12 I-5 Unbuilt.
VT-11 I-5 Production: 800.
Polikarpov I-6 I-6 Not built in favor of I-5.
Polikarpov HD-37c I-7 Licensed from Heinkel; production 134.
Tupolev ANT-13 I-8 1 x prototype; nickname Zhokei.
Grigorovich I-9 I-9 Unbuilt.
Grigorovich I-10 I-10 Unbuilt.
Polikarpov I-11 I-11 Unbuilt.
Tupolev ANT-23 I-12 1 x prototype with APK-4 recoilless guns.
Polikarpov I-13 I-13 Unbuilt I-15 predecessor.
Tupolev ANT-31 I-14 Limited production; advanced fighter.
Polikarpov TsKB-3 I-15 Ubiquitous biplane; nickname Chaika.
Polikarpov TsKB-12 I-16 Ubiquitous monoplane.
Polikaprov TsKB-15 I-17 Liquid-cooled engine counterpart to I-16; no production.
Polikarpov I-18 I-18 Advanced I-16 development; very limited production; no service.
Polikarpov I-19 I-19 Advanced I-15 development; 2 x prototypes.
? ? I-20 No info.
Ilyushin TsKB-32 I-21 2 x prototypes.
Pashinin I-21 I-21 I-16 replacement; no production.
Lavochkin LaGG-1 I-22 Production: 100.
? ? I-23 No info.
? ? I-24 No info.
? ? I-25 No info.
Yakovlev Ya-26 I-26 Redesignated Yak-1.
Yakovlev Ya-27? I-27 Developed from UTI-26; redesignated Yak-7.
Yatsyenko I-28 I-28 2 x prototypes & 5 x production.
Yakovlev Ya-28 I-28 Experimental high-altitude figher; redesignated Yak-5.
Yakovlev Ya-22, BB-22, Yak-2 I-29 Development of Yak-2; redesignated Yak-4.
Yakovlev Ya-30 I-30 Metal Yak-1; redesignated Yak-3; no production.
? ? I-31 No info.
? ? I-32 No info.
Yakovlev ? I-33 Yak-3 with M-106; limited production.
? ? I-34 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich Kh I-61 Redesignated MiG-1.
? ? I-62 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich Kh I-63 Redesignated MiG-1.
? ? I-64 to
No info.
Tomashevich 110 I-110 One prototype.
? ? I-111
to I-199
No info.
Manufacturer Model Istrebitel Comments

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Alekseyev I-215

Manufacturer Model Istrebitel Comments
Mikoyan-Gurevich Kh I-200 Redesignated MiG-3.
? ? I-201 to
No info.
Borovkov-Florov Izdelye 7 I-207 4 x small biplane prototypes.
? ? I-208 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich IKh I-210 Also known as MiG-3/M-82; redesignated MiG-9; 5 x prototypes.
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye I-211 Refined I-210; 1 x prototype; 10 x production; saw action.
Alekseyev I-211 I-211 1 x prototype; 2 x jet.
Alekseyev I-212 I-212 1 x prototype night/all-weather interceptor; unflown.
Alekseyev I-213 I-213 Unbuilt development of I-212.
Alekseyev I-214 I-214 Unbuilt? development of I-213.
Alekseyev I-215 I-215 Development of I-211 with R-R Derwent.
Alekseyev I-216 I-216 Unbuilt anti-armor development of I-211.
Alekseyev I-217 I-217 Unbuilt forward-swept wing type; 2 x jet.
Alekseyev 218 I-218 1 x prototype anti-armor; piston.
Alekseyev I-219 I-219 Unbuilt development of I-218.
Mikoyan-Gurevich A I-220 High-altitude counter-Ju 86P; redesignated MiG-11; 2 x prototypes.
Alekseyev I-220 I-220 Unbuilt.
Mikoyan-Gurevich 2A I-221 Development of I-220; redesignated MiG-7; 1 x prototype.
Alekseyev I-221 I-221 Unbuilt jet development of I-218 to I-220 types.
Mikoyan-Gurevich 3A I-222 Pressurized development of I-221; also known as MiG-7; 1 x prototype.
? ? I-223 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich 4A I-224 Development of I-222; also known as MiG-7; 1 x prototype.
Mikoyan-Gurevich 5A I-225 Culmination of I-220-224; 2 x prototypes.
? ? I-226 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich D I-230 Refined MiG-3; 2 x prototypes; 5 x pre-series; also known as MiG-3U, MiG-3D; saw action.
Mikoyan-Gurevich 2D I-231 I-230 w/ AM-39A; no production.
? ? I-232 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich N I-250 Accelerated (VRDK) counter-Me-262 interceptor; redesignated MiG-13; limited production; saw service.
? ? I-251 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich Zh I-270 Rocket point-defense; 2 x prototypes.
? ? I-271 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich F I-300 Prototype MiG-9.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FS I-301 Redesignated MiG-9; ASCC 'Fargo.'
Tikhonravov 302 I-302 Rocket & ramjet interceptor; 2 x gliders only.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FP I-302 Weapons testbed MiG-9.
? ? I-303 No info.
? ? I-304 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FL I-305 MiG-9 w/ 1 x TR-1A; incomplete (I-310).
? ? I-306 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FF I-307 Engine & armament testbed MiG-9; nickname Babotchka.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FR I-308 Implemented as MiG-9M; incomplete (I-310).
? ? I-309 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich S I-310 Prototype of MiG-15; ASCC 'Fagot.'
? ? I-311 No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich ST I-312 Trainer; MiG-15UTI; ASCC 'Midget.'
? ? I-313 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich FN I-320 MiG-9 w/ R-R Nene; unbuilt.
Mikoyan-Gurevich R I-320 Twin-engine day/night fighter development of MiG-15; 3 x prototypes.
? ? I-321
to I-329
No info.
Sukhoi I-330 I-330 Turbocharged predecessor of Su-3; redesignated Su-1; 1 x prototype.
Mikoyan-Gurevich SI I-330 MiG-17; ASCC 'Fresco.'
? ? I-331 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich SM-1 I-340 Twin engine MiG-17 prototype.
? ? I-341 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich M I-350 Supersonic fighter prototype.
? ? I-351 to
No info.
Sukhoi I-360 I-360 Development of Su-1; redesignated Su-3; 1 x prototype.
Mikoyan-Gurevich SM-2 I-360 Development of I-340 and I-350; 1 x prototype; led to MiG-19.
? ? I-361 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-1, I-2 I-370 Single - engine MiG-19 parallel development.
? ? I-371 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-3 I-380 Swept-wing MiG-21 predecessor; incomplete.
? ? I-381 to
No info.
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-5, I-3U I-410 Redesigned I-380.
Manufacturer Model Istrebitel Comments

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Mikoyan-Gurevich I-370

Translations and Definitions


  1. Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters: An illustrated encyclopedia of every fighter aircraft built and flown. Salamander Books, London, 1994. ISBN 0-86101-643-2
  2. Gunston, Bill. The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft: 1875-1995. Osprey, Bath, 1996. ISBN 1-85532-405-9.

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