DB-3A (China)

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This page is about the Chinese bomber DB-3A (China). For Soviet version, see DB-3B.
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GarageImage DB-3A (China).jpg
␗DB-3A
Research:9 200 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:22 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The ␗DB-3A is a rank II Chinese bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 250 m406 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude9 400 m
EngineZavod №29 M-85
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight15 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 389 374 9400 35.0 35.8 7.1 7.1 326
Upgraded 426 406 32.8 34.0 12.5 9.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
600 320 N/A N/A 280 ~6 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 280 < 240 < 300 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,100 hp 1,274 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,000 m 1,000 hp 1,158 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural600 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 6 mm steel behind pilot
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks, with neutral gas pressurization system (2 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB820 → 1 025 Sl icon.png
RB2 200 → 2 752 Sl icon.png
SB2 750 → 3 440 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 420 Rp icon.png
16 240 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 120 / 120 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
420 Rp icon.png
Cost:
810 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
420 Rp icon.png
Cost:
810 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
910 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
910 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
shkas_turret_belt_pack
Research:
420 Rp icon.png
Cost:
810 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Der-21
Research:
420 Rp icon.png
Cost:
810 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Der-19 250
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
shkas_turret_new_gun
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Der-19 500
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Der-19 1000
Research:
910 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups9
List of setups
Setup 110 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 210 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 33 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 43 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 53 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
Setup 61 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 71 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb
Setup 81 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb
6 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 92 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
1 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb

The DB-3A (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 10 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (750 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 10 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,750 kg total)
  • 3 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb + 10 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

2 х Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min
Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min
Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The DB-3A (China) is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

The DB-3 has distinct pros and cons. It is a brilliant base / airfield-bombing plane with a maximum bombload of 1x 1000 kg + 2x 500 kg bombs, allowing it to easily finish a base or cripple airfield modules in one run. The bombs drop one by one, allowing flexible targeting. It has greatly improved handling and stability comparing with the previous SB2M, making flying a lot easier. However, the DB-3 is quite slow, making it an easy target to pick on. It also has next to no defensive firepower: only 3x 7.62mm MG in total, the one in the nose has great coverage, however, most opponents are not likely to take head-ons. The top turret cannot even aim horizontally nor directly at the tail, meaning that the seemingly suicidal tactic of tailing a bomber can actually destroy a DB-3. The belly gun has good negative angle but its horizontal guidance is too limited. Therefore you can only target opponents at your front, upper half and lower rear.

When taking off, the DB-3 will shift to the right, so it is best to set separate key-bind for left and right brakes to counter the torque. Given your weak guns, you can only survive if the room is rather empty or if the opponent also has weak firepower. If you are bombing a base, fly at treetop level to force any attacker to engage you from above so you can fight back. Bombing airfield is more dangerous, as you are not only exposed to anti-aircraft artillery fire but also attackers hiding in your gunner's dead zones. Climb to at least 2000 m before approaching the airfield, then target the modules of fuel sector (surrounded by 4 towers), residential area (a bunch of tents) and hangar (6 giant houses). Bombing the airstrip is the easiest but it seems to give fewer rewards. If you see an attacker trying to shoot at you, you will have to nudge the plane so that the target is within your gunner's guidance which is very awful. The bullets will not do lots of damage as the target might constantly get into your dead zones. Most of the times against manoeuvring or heavily armed/armoured attackers, you will not survive long.

Landing is easy and similar to the style of the SB2M. Line up with the airstrip when it occupies around 1/3 of your windscreen and descent to treetop level. Cut throttle to around 0-40% to drop speed to 200 kph, and deploy landing flaps and gears. Control the throttle so that the touchdown speed is around 140kph. Like the SB2M, if you don't slow down enough the DB-3 will bounce off again and again which might lead to a crash. Once you landed, you can keep breaking as the nose will not dip down and cause a propeller strike.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great maximum bombload of 2x 500 kg + 1x 1000 kg bombs allows you to finish a base in one go, or even have spare bombs for other targets.
  • Has a wide range of bomb combinations, meaning that you can choose between large and small targets
  • Can break continuously until full stop, its nose will never strike the ground
  • Nose turret has a wide coverage

Cons:

  • Extremely weak defensive firepower: terrible gun coverage at the rear/bottom, you cannot aim at planes at your side, tail or underside. Gunners are unprotected, and the 7.62mm MGs lack damage
  • Quite slow and large, making it an easy target
  • Below average climb rate
  • Only has landing flaps
  • Negative deflection of the elevator will not pitch the plane down at >390 kph

History

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Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Ilyushin Design Bureau (Илью́шин Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Attackers  IL-2 (1941) · IL-2 (1942) · IL-2M type 3 · IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2M (1943) · IL-2-37 · IL-2 M-82 · IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Bombers  DB-3B · IL-4
Jet Bombers  IL-28* · IL-28Sh
Export  ␗DB-3A · ␗IL-10 (1946) · ▀IL-28
Captured  ▀IL-2 (1942)
  * The Chinese company Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation built unlicensed copies of the Il-28 known as the H-5.

China bombers
American  Martin 139WC*(␗B-10B) · ␗A-29 · ␗B-25J-30 · ␗PB4Y-2
German  ␗Hs 123 A-1
Soviet  ␗SB 2M-103U · ␗DB-3A · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4
Japanese  ␗P1Y1 mod. 11
  *Export Name