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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
15.00 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9400 mCeiling
2 х Tumansky M-87BEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
600 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun2 х Turret
1000 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bombSetup 1
10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bombSetup 2
2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombSetup 3
10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 4
2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bombSetup 5
1 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bombSetup 6
2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
1 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb
Setup 7
9200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3300 / 4963/2300 / 3459/1260 / 1895Repair
6300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png240 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian bomber DB-3B. For other version, see DB-3A (China).


GarageImage DB-3B.jpg

The DB-3B is a rank II Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.67 "Assault".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 388 374 9400 35.0 35.8 7.1 7.1 326
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


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 + -
600 320 N/A N/A 280 ~5 ~2
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
4,700 m 950 hp 1,100 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6 mm steel behind pilot
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (2 in each wing)


Suspended armament

The DB-3B 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)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 10 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The DB-3B 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

In Simulator, 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 MGs 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 keybind 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 AAA fire, but also attackers hiding in your gunner's deadzones. Climb to at least 2000m 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 less 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 deadzones. Most of the times against maneuvering or heavily armed / armored 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 have landed, you can keep braking 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
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe Der-19
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs (turret)
IV 95 octane fuel usage Engine injection Cover Der-20

Pros and cons


  • Great maximum bombload of 2 x 500 kg + 1 x 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 wide coverage


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


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See also

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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.

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-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30