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The Heinkel He 343 was a four-engine jet bomber project.

It was designed by the German Ernst Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in the beginning of 1944. 20 of these aircraft were ordered. For shortening the development time and for re-use of existing parts, it was based on the enlarged Arado Ar 234. As engines, the Junkers Jumo 004 and the Heinkel HeS 011 were planned. The DFS was involved in the project and created the project known as P1068. End of 1944 work was nearly finished by the Heinkel engineers, when the order was cancelled due to the Emergency Fighter Program.

Four versions were planned: the A-1 bomber, the A-2 reconnaissance aircraft, and the A-3 and B-1 Zerstörer ("Destroyer") heavy fighters.

The Soviet Union studied the found plans and finished the work. One aircraft was build and flown, the Ilyushin Il-22. The results of the tests were used in the Ilyushin Il-28.

References

  • German book: Horst Lommel: Vom Höhenaufklärer bis zum Raumgleiter 1935 – 1945, Geheimprojekte der DFS, Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 3613020726
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