IL-2 (1942)

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General info

IL-2 (1942) in the Garage.

The IL-2 (1942) is a Rank II Soviet attacker with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 2.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

The IL-2 is an attacker through and through. With up to 4 x 100 kg bombs and 4 x 132 mm rockets, it can easily knock out multiple tanks and pillboxes between reloads. However the armament is too light to effectively assault bases, so these should be left to proper bombers. The twin 23 mm VYa-23 cannons in the forward armament are very damaging and can take out light and medium tanks fairly easily with good aim when equipped with the Armored targets belt.

If you can, you should always have a friendly cover you in this plane. While the IL-2 (1942) is durable, it is extremely slow, ungainly, and unlike later versions of the plane has no rear gunner to protect you from planes on your tail, so you are effectively a sitting duck. If you are caught alone, you should call for help and try to fly to the nearest group of friendlies. If no options are left, you can attempt to bait your opponent into a head-on. The 23mm guns and the overall armor of this aircraft can usually win a head-on, although smarter opponents can maneuver away at their discretion while you are again having to maneuver again.

The most efficient way of bringing down an IL-2 is by aiming at its wings or at its cockpit when it turns (exposing the pilot through thin glass instead of the very thick forward plate).

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Extreme low-speed maneuverability, can often compete with most fighters at low altitudes.
  • The VYa-23 cannons will absolutely shred any aircraft in half.
  • Carries an exceptional ammunition load for its armament.
  • All-round cockpit armoring allows for high pilot survivability.
  • Versatile bomb and rocket options.
  • The engine block is encased with armor, making it harder to damage the engine.
  • Extremely durable, very difficult to down if not using cannon rounds.
  • Can make a safe belly landing on a prepared airstrip.
  • ShKAS machine guns still performs well, even for this tier.

Cons:

  • Very slow.
  • Controls start to lock up even at moderate speeds.
  • Low climb rate.
  • Bomb and rocket load is rather light for an attack aircraft of its tier.
  • Even with API-T the VYa-23 cannons will have a hard time destroying tanks.
  • 4 X 100 kg and 4 X 50 kg will not do as much damage, they will only go so far to destroying lightly armored equipment and vehicles, it is quite possible to destroy medium tanks, but you must be very precise.
  • Can get out turned by virtually any other monoplane, single seated aircraft in the game.
  • Since 1.70.1945 "Weapons of Victory" patch, the IL-2 (1942) has been given the correct historical load of RS-132 rockets. This meant the original load of 8 X RS-132 is now changed to 4 X RS-132, and this puts experienced IL-2 drivers hailing from the pre-1.70 patch at a disadvantage since they've become accustomed to the 8 rockets instead of 4. See the 1.70.1945 changelog here:

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 2 X 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 X 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns (750 rpg = 1500 total)

Payloads

  • 12 X 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs
  • 4 X 50 kg FAB-50 GP bombs
  • 4 X 100 kg FAB-100 GP bombs
  • 2 X 250 kg FAB-250 GP bombs
  • 8 X RS-82 82 mm rockets
  • 8 X RBS-82 82 mm rockets
  • 8 X RS-132 132 mm rockets
  • 8 X RBS-132 132 mm rockets
  • 8 x 82 mm RS-82 rocket, 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
  • 8 x 82 mm RBS-82 rocket, 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
  • 8 x 82 mm RS-82 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bomb
  • 8 x 82 mm RBS-82 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bomb
  • 8 x 82 mm RS-82 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb
  • 8 x 82 mm RBS-82 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RBS-132 rocket, 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb
  • 4 x 132 mm RBS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb
  • 8 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb
  • 8 x 132 mm RBS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bomb

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Mikulin AM-38 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1398 hp (Stock), 1652 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1491 hp (Stock), 1745 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 880 kg
Name: Mikulin AM-38 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), 1532 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), 1625 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 880 kg
Name: Mikulin AM-38 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 880 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 405 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 26.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 445 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 23.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 391 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 427 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 24.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 391 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 427 km/h
    • at height: 2500 m
  • Max altitude: 9500 m
  • Turn Time: 24.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 450 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP


Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

By analogy with brief information, tell us about the history and usage of this vehicle in reality, the history of the lineup, the iconic battles and famous personalities who fought or served on that machine. (5-6 paragraphs)

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Il-2 on WT:Live. Problematic is the generic search-term '#il2' which is used for all sorts of things. Read the description to make sure the skin is compatible, as the ingame 3D model had been updated in the past, rendering old skins useless.

Additional information (links)

In Update 1.51, the IL-2 1942 received a new updated model. More information, can be found on this link: http://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/768

References


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Icon-country-sov.png IL-2 (1942)
Nation USSR
Design Family Šturmovík
Type Attackers
Fighting style Ground Attack
Bombing
Strike Fighter
Close Air Support

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4076 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~4726 kg
Takeoff Weight ~5396 kg
Wing Area ~38 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1500 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~415.80 kph at 2500 m
Climb Rate ~8.33 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~226.08 kph
Turn Time ~28.44 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~106.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~8986 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~10419 lb
Takeoff Weight ~11896 lb
Wing Area ~414 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1500 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~258.37 mph at 8202 m
Climb Rate 27.33 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~140.48 mph
Turn Time 28.44 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~21.71 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x VYa-23 150 rpg
2 x ShKAS 750 rpg
Payload Option 1
Without load Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
12 x 💣 25 kg AO-25M-1 Bomb
Payload Option 3
4 x 💣 50 kg FAB-50 Bomb
Payload Option 4
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
Payload Option 5
2 x 💣 250 kg FAB-250 Bomb
Payload Option 6
8 x 🚀 82mm, 6.8kg RS-82 rocket
Payload Option 7
8 x 🚀 82mm, 12kg RBS-82 rocket
Payload Option 8
8 x 🚀 132mm, 23kg RS-132 rocket
Payload Option 9
8 x 🚀 132mm, 30kg RBS-132 rocket
Payload Option 10
12 x 💣 25 kg AO-25M-1 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 6.8kg RS-82 rocket
Payload Option 11
12 x 💣 25 kg AO-25M-1 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 12kg RBS-82 rocket
Payload Option 12
4 x 💣 50 kg FAB-50 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 6.8kg RS-82 rocket
Payload Option 13
4 x 💣 50 kg FAB-50 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 12kg RBS-82 rocket
Payload Option 14
12 x 💣 25 kg AO-25M-1 Bomb
8 x 🚀 132mm, 23kg RS-132 rocket
Payload Option 15
12 x 💣 25 kg AO-25M-1 Bomb
8 x 🚀 132mm, 30kg RBS-132 rocket
Payload Option 16
4 x 💣 50 kg FAB-50 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 23kg RS-132 rocket
Payload Option 17
4 x 💣 50 kg FAB-50 Bomb
8 x 🚀 132mm, 30kg RBS-132 rocket
Payload Option 18
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 6.8kg RS-82 rocket
Payload Option 19
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
8 x 🚀 82mm, 12kg RBS-82 rocket
Payload Option 20
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
4 x 🚀 132mm, 23kg RS-132 rocket
Payload Option 21
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
4 x 🚀 132mm, 30kg RBS-132 rocket
Payload Option 22
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
8 x 🚀 132mm, 23kg RS-132 rocket
Payload Option 23
4 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
8 x 🚀 132mm, 30kg RBS-132 rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit 620 kph
Gear limit 320 kph
Combat Flaps 470 kph
Max static +G's ~11
Max static -G's ~11
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <320 kph
Rudder <320 kph
Elevators <320 kph
Radiator >220 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 385 mph
Gear limit 199 mph
Combat Flaps 292 mph
Max static +G's ~11
Max static -G's ~11
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <199 mph
Rudder <199 mph
Elevators <199 mph
Radiator >137 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
1650 m
5413 ft
100% Engine power 1500 hp
WEP Engine power 1590 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)


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