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The Ar-2 is a rank I Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/SB) and 2.3 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 4 700 m512 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude9 900 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-105R
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight8 t

The Ar-2 is a pleasant aircraft to fly with a good climb and turn rate, as well as a low stall speed and takeoff requirement.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,700 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 490 477 9900 22.8 23.4 10.0 10.0 366
Upgraded 536 512 21.3 22.0 15.4 12.5


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
650 350 315 309 280 ~9 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 320 < 300 > 350

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 6mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat & headrest.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB354 → 473 Sl icon.png
RB581 → 777 Sl icon.png
SB871 → 1 165 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 970 Rp icon.png
4 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost410 Ge icon.png
Crew training1 800 Sl icon.png
Experts6 300 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces135 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
30 / 60 / 100 % Sl icon.png
106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
640 Rp icon.png
480 Sl icon.png
105 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
640 Rp icon.png
480 Sl icon.png
105 Ge icon.png
Mods engine extinguisher.png
640 Rp icon.png
480 Sl icon.png
105 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
65 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png


Suspended armament

The Ar-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 10 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (500 kg total)
  • 3 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,500 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The Ar-2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, ventral turret (600 rpg)

Usage in battles

Ar-2 is quite fast, and is faster than most other bombers at a similar BR (like B-18A and He 111 H-3). Use this as an advantage. Go directly for the enemy bases, then go back to the airfield and restart a bombing run. If an enemy plane targets you, keep flying straight and have a slight climb. Use your defensive turrets to scare away enemies tailing you. In Mixed battles, its armament of 3 x 500 kg bombs is quite the loadout for the battle rating and can be used to carpet-bomb a point. However, only spawn in the Ar-2 if there are no enemy fighters up and don't go low altitude- SPAA and roof-mounted MGs will easily chew this plane up.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • It is pretty fast (able to outrun Bf 109s)
  • The air brakes allows for easy landings (even with critical damage), and excellent diving capabilities
  • Excellent mobility for a bomber (expanded further with the use of combat flaps and air brakes)
  • Good frontal turret aiming range
  • Adequate payload for its speed and mobility (able to take one base and a half when fully loaded)


  • Lightly armoured and easily taken down by anything from 20 mm and above
  • Prone to flat spins with engine damage or when pushed too far
  • Most components are located in the front which makes it easy to destroy in frontal attacks
  • Despite the ShKAS machine guns having great belts, they are not very effective against more armoured fighters


The SB-2, the work of aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev, was the one of the world's best bomber when it first flew in 1934. In the Spanish and Chinese battlefields, the SB-2 was so fast that even fighter aircraft could not catch up. In the late 1930s, the concept of the dive bomber began to appear, and its representative is the famous German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka. Luftwaffe operations over Poland in the early years of World War II demonstrated that dive-bombing was highly accurate and effective against small, sturdy targets, and the Red Army did not have such aircraft. Therefore, around 1940, the Soviet Army requested the development of a new dive bomber, SB-RK, based on the existing SB-2.

The Soviets had already done some early work on the dive-bomber. In 1939, TsAGI (Central Aeronautic and Hydrodynamics Research Institute) developed a dive-bomb system named PB-3. The results of conventional SB-2 tests show that the bomb can be dropped into a circle with a radius of 57 m at a height of 2000 m at an angle of 80°. If the projectile is dropped at the same angle from a height of 4,000 meters, it can hit a circle with a radius of 126 meters. After the pilot releases the bomb, the plane will pull up automatically. In order to prevent excessive overload when changing out, overload limiter is also developed. Regardless of the angle, speed, pole position of the aircraft, always maintain the overload at 3G.

In July 1940, the Soviet Union changed the naming rules of aircraft. Instead of naming aircraft according to the service category, it changed to the abbreviation of the designer's surname. After that, the numerical numbers of fighter aircraft were singular, and bombing, attack, transport and reconnaissance aircraft were even. So when the prototype was completed later that year, the SB-RK (hence the "SB-RK" designation where "SB" means "high-speed bomber" and "RK" means "radiators-wing") was renamed AR-2, and it was the only plane in Archangsky's life to bear his family name. However, due to the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, only a small number of AR-2 were produced. Early in the war, a large number of AR-2s were destroyed on runways.

Archive of the in-game description

Arkhangelsky Ar-2 (SB-RK) twin-engine front-line dive bomber (Tupolev OKB).

An all-metal, twin-engine monoplane dive bomber with a retractable landing gear system including a tail wheel. Its crew consisted of three persons.

This aircraft was designed under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelsky and was a further structural development of the high-speed SB bomber.

It differed from the SB in its shorter wing and its streamlined, spindle-shaped nose section and modified nacelles, with water-cooled radiators removed from them and placed on the wing (hence the "SB-RK" designation where "SB" means "high-speed bomber" and "RK" means "radiators-wing"). The SB-RK prototype was tested in 1939. Full-scale production of the aircraft designated the Ar-2 started in 1940 at Factory No. 22, in Moscow.

Production Ar-2s were equipped with 1,100 hp Klimov M-105R twelve-cylinder, V-type, geared water-cooled engines.

The plane's defensive armament included an NU nose mount with a 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun with 500 rounds. The machine gun was fitted in a special sphere that enabled it to fire forward within a 50-degree cone-shaped region.

The TSS-1 upper rear machine gun mount ("TSS" standing for "high-speed aircraft turret") had a 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun with 1,000 rounds and a K-8T collimator sight. When firing, the upper canopy (nicknamed the "turtle") was moved back on rollers along rails and partially raised upward to protect the gunner from the incoming flow.

In order to protect the plane from below, the aircraft had a retractable MV-2 turret which housed a 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun with 600 rounds and an OP-2L periscope sight.

The aircraft's standard bomb capacity was 600 kg (carried internally), which was the same as that of the SB, its predecessor, while its maximum bomb capacity could reach 1,500 kg with various combinations of internal and external loads. More advanced NP-1 racks were fitted under the Ar-2's centre wing section to carry bombs weighing 250 or 500 kg. The bombs were fastened in one central holder near the plane's center of gravity, and the plane's hold on them was reinforced with the help of side stops.

The Ar-2 entered service with the Red Army Air Force in the spring of 1940. The plane was in service from the beginning of the war until late 1944, with the units of the Red Army Air Force and Soviet naval aviation, as a dive bomber and a reconnaissance aircraft. The Ar-2's production was discontinued in early 1941. A total of about 200 aircraft were produced.



See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.

Tupolev Design Bureau (Ту́полев Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Bombers  TB-3M-17-32 · SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105
  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Arkhangelsky Bomber  Ar-2*
Strike Aircraft  Tu-1
Jet Bomber  Tu-14T
Export  ␗SB 2M-103U · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4
  * While Andrei Tupolev was imprisoned, Alexander Arkhangelsky, second in command at Tupolev OKB was able to append his name to the final production series of the SB bomber.

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
Po  Po-2 · Po-2M
Other  MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂A-20G-30 · ▂B-25J-30