Scale of Model:
Rules on how to use this piece in HBG's Global War Game.
The A-7 glider capable of carrying only 7 men, including the pilot, making it one of the smaller gliders. The Soviets built around 400 of these. The small gliders were used to deliver supplies to Partisans, deliver sabotage teams behind enemy lines. They could be towed easily by smaller tactical bombers.
Purchase: Gliders must be placed at a factory when produced
Movement: Gliders move with their base unit, which must be either a strategic bomber (unless stated otherwise) or an air transport. Such an aircraft has its range reduced by 2 when towing a glider. A glider can otherwise move “1” in non-combat movement. A glider remains in the zone it attacks and does not return with the towing unit.
Transporting Units: A glider can transport 1 infantry in combat movement. That infantry need not be an airborne but may not be a mechanized infantry.
Attack: Gliders must be delivered to their destination and have no combat move of their own. Upon reaching their destination they and their towing aircraft are subject to AA fire. After AA fire, Gliders land in the zone and units from them can participate in the attack. Units attacking from a glider may not retreat. Gliders are destroyed if the territory is not captured by the attacking units.
Restrictions: Gliders may never be launched from a carrier.
As base unit
Glider: The A-7 Glider may deliver 1 infantry units
Light Glider: The A-7 may be towed by a tactical bomber
Partisan Supply: Landing an Antonov A-7 Glider in the same zone as a Partisan converts that partisan to a normal infantry.
Availability: 1942 (Turn 5)
The Antonov A-7 was a Soviet light troop military glider of World War II.
Shortly after the German attack in 1941, Soviet headquarters realized a need for transport gliders and ordered the development of several designs. Oleg Antonov offered a light glider, of which preliminary sketches had been drawn in 1939. It was first named RF-8 (Rot Front-8) and was essentially an enlarged variant of a sports glider, the RF-7. Following trials, its capacity was increased from 5 to 7 persons (including pilot).
The A-7 was an all-wooden high-winged monoplane, with a retractable undercarriage.
It was evaluated in late 1941 and ordered for production, under the designation A-7 (Antonov, 7 persons). Approximately 400 were built. In late 1942 – early 1943, an unusual variant was tested – a tanker glider, fitted with 1000 litre fuel tank, hauled by DB-3 bomber, which was refueled during flight in order to increase range. It was not produced.
- Crew: One, pilot
- Capacity: 7 troops (including pilot)
- Length: 10.54 m (34 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft 1 in)
- Height: 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
- Wing area: 23.2 m2 (250 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 955 kg (2,105 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,760 kg (3,880 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,875 kg (4,134 lb)
- Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph; 162 kn)
- Never exceed speed: 400 km/h (249 mph; 216 kn)
- Lift-to-drag: 18:1 (some sources 22.5:1)