TB-3M-17-32

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General info

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

TB-3 is, in a nutshell a typical heavy bomber, and a very heavy, very slow one at that. It packs a truely majestic payload of 3000 kilos of bombs, however the problem is in getting this payload to its target. Maximum speed of TB-3 is less than 200 km/h and its flight will take a really long time during which the giant TB-3 will become a very easy and enticing target for all enemy fighters and even some bombers. All this combined with practically non existent manouverability makes this bomber a very vulnerable one and its pilots may consider themselves lucky if they reach the target - not mentioning the route back. However, the TB-3 is not at all defenceless. Five turrets with total of eight 7.62mm DA machine guns present quite an effective firepower - at least against fighters of the TB-3 age. When attacked, don't even bother with manouvers, man the turrets and open fire, it is the only hope of the TB. The effectivity of the turret fire is multiplied thanks to one previously mentioned factor - very low speed. As the maximum speed of TB-3 is equal to terminal speed of most of the fighters, these fighters will often have hard time intercepting the TB, while the TB gunners will gain great opportunity of hitting slowly approaching enemy planes. This tactics however doesn't work very well when attacked from below. In that case, pray.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Large payload of up to 3000 kg (6613 Ibs) with different payload configurations, capable of destroying all bombing targets in a single run.
  • Adequate defensive firepower capable of fending off enemy fighters effectively.
  • Good damage absorption due to large size and strong construction.
  • Difficult to hit by fast boom and zoom interceptors thanks to its low speed.
  • Low rank fighters, can have difficulties (pending the skill of the fighter pilot) with climbing and reaching the flight level of TB-3.
  • It never rips itself from a dive.
  • Surprisingly maneuverable for it's size.
  • Gunners have plenty of ammo before reloading.

Cons

  • Very slow speed - is one of the slowest planes in game.
  • Very slow climb rate - the speed loss while climbing is very significant and can be deadly due to the low overall speed.
  • Almost no speed reserve for maneuvring, especially apparent when landing
  • There are no brakes, that you have to wait for the plane to glide to a full stop before rearming.
  • Basically incapable of manuevering when attacked - survival depends on turret fire.
  • Have no offensive armament and will require to slightly tip the plane forward for the turret to engage manually.
  • No armour protection for the crew or modules.
  • Large size makes large target for enemy fire, even flak.
  • While relatively safe from fast interceptor fighters, the TB-3 is very vulnerable to agile and manoeuvrable planes.

Specification

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 3 x Twin DA machine gun (all topside, two aft, one bow); 720 rpg = 4320 total
  • 2 x Single DA machine gun (under each wing in gondolas); 420 rpg = 840 total

Payloads

All bombs drop as pairs.

  • 24 x 100 kg = 2.4 tonnes
  • 12 x 250 kg = 3 tonnes
  • 4 x 500 kg + 4 x 250 kg = 3 tonnes

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Bombs

nation Mass name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
USSR ✭ 100kg fab100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
USSR ✭ 1000kg fab1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USSR ✭ 250kg fab250 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
USSR ✭ 50kg fab50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
USSR ✭ 500kg fab500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
USSR ✭ 1500kg fab 1500m 46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USSR ✭ 3000kg fab 3000m 46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm


All bombs

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Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: ___
  • Cooling type: ____
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: ___ kg
Name: ___
  • Cooling type: ____
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: ___ kg
Name: ___
  • Cooling type: ____
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: ___ kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: ____ m
  • Max altitude: ____ m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: ___ 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

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the TB-3 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

Obtainable events

  • In the January 2014 event "Winter Magic", the TB-3 was given to those who participated the most in the event.
  • There were at two chances to receive the TB-3 online via participating in questionnaires, one for the Russian site VKontakte and another on Facebook.
  • In 31 October 2014, the TB-3 was one of the few planes that could be received by Gaijin in their 2nd anniversary present giveaways.
  • On 31 October 2016, the TB-3 was made available again during the October War Bond event for 3,000 warbonds, as part of celebrating War Thunder's 4th anniversary.
  • The vehicle was made available again in the Warbond Shop as part of the War Thunder 5th Anniversary in November 2017 with a price of 3,000 warbonds.

References


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Icon-country-sov.png TB-3M-17-32
Nation USSR
Type Heavy Strategic Bomber
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~10967 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~16539 kg
Takeoff Weight ~19500 kg
Wing Area ~230 m²
Number of Engines 4
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 730 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~511.99 kph at 1000 m
Climb Rate ~7.20 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~122.40 kph
Turn Time ~22.05 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~48.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~24178 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~36462 lb
Takeoff Weight ~42990 lb
Wing Area ~2476 ft²
Number of Engines 4
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 730 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~318.14 mph at 3281 m
Climb Rate 23.62 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~76.06 mph
Turn Time 22.05 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~9.83 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x 7.62 mm DA 420 rpg
6 x 7.62 mm DA 720 rpg
Payload Option 1
24 x 💣 100 kg FAB-100 Bomb
Payload Option 2
12 x 💣 250 kg FAB-250 Bomb
Payload Option 3
4 x 💣 250 kg FAB-250 Bomb
4 x 💣 500 kg FAB-500 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 450 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~4
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <200 kph
Rudder <200 kph
Elevators <200 kph
Radiator >150 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 280 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~4
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <124 mph
Rudder <124 mph
Elevators <124 mph
Radiator >93 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is not 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 controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
3000 m
9843 ft
100% Enginepower 2920 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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