IL-10 (1946) (China)
|This page is about the strike aircraft IL-10 (1946) (China). For other versions, see IL-10 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The ␗IL-10 (1946) was the batches of attackers supplied by the Soviet Union in the early 1950s to reinforce the close air support capabilities of the newly formed PLAAF. A total of 242 IL-10s were eventually delivered. Due to lack of experience to utilize them, the units that received them could only join the later conflicts against Nationalist forces on the outer islands of Mainland China's coastline in 1954, where the IL-10 shone during their attacks on air-defence positions on the Dachen Island in Zhejiang and eventually cleared the path for Tu-2S' to bomb the heavy fortifications on the island, forcing the Nationalist forces to retreat; as well as sinking a Nationalist LST during the later Yijiangshan Island landing. Two planes were later modified with a Dongan WJ-6 (a licence-built Ivchenko AI-20) turboprop engine to extend the combat capabilities of the remaining fleet, which lacked spare parts for the original engine, but these prototypes were subsequently destroyed in accidents. The remaining trainers and IL-10s were decommissioned in 1972 with the Q-5 taking their positions.
Introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision" alongside the Chinese aircraft tech-tree, IL-10 (1946) is an attacker aircraft of identical make to the Soviet version, the IL-10 (1946) provides the substantial ability for ground attack with its ordnance and four 23 mm autocannons. A gunner with an autocannon armament as well at the rear also helps to provide powerful deterrence to any fighters attempting to follow the IL-10 (1946).
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,650 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 370||< 410||< 400||> 323|
Survivability and armour
- 6 mm Steel - Propeller hub plate
- 8 mm Steel - Engine surround plating
- 6 mm Steel - Under cockpit plate, under gunner plate, under the rear gun plate, the canopy frame plate
- 8.5 mm Steel - Rear gunner plate
- 8 mm Steel - Headrest plate between pilot/gunner
- 64 mm Bulletproof glass - Front canopy
The Il-10 (1946) is a very well-defended plane. It has armour protection all throughout the front half of the fuselage and a bulletproof glass in front of the pilot. These armour can protect against most rifle-calibre rounds and maybe even some autocannon rounds. The construction is also robust, with all the modules centred into the armoured portion of the fuselage. The more likely way an IL-10 (1946) will be shot down is when the enemy shoots apart the plane's wings, tail, or their respective control surfaces.
Modifications and economy
All priority in the modification unlocks should go into Flight Performance and Survivability. The Offensive 23 mm module can wait as it unlocks no new rounds for the IL-10 (1946) aside from the new belt arrangements. By the Tier III and IV modules, some considerations can be made for the turret and rocket modifications, depending on the player's preferences. The turret module can allow for more armour-penetrating rounds to be used against tailing fighters, or a higher concentration of HEF ammunition. The rockets can bring powerful high-explosive projectiles onto ground targets, but the IL-10 (1946) can only carry four rockets total, so they will not offer as much ground attack opportunities as the 23 mm autocannons, though they are more reliable to destroy tanks with.
The IL-10 (1946) (China) is armed with:
- 4 x 23 mm NS-23 cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)
The IL-10 (1946) (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:
- Without load
- 4 x M-8 rockets
- 4 x RBS-82 rockets
- 4 x M-13UK rockets
- 4 x RBS-132 rockets
- 2 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (100 kg total)
- 2 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (200 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)
Custom loadout options
|50 kg FAB-50sv bombs||1||1|
|100 kg FAB-100sv bombs||1||1|
|250 kg FAB-250sv bombs||1||1|
|Maximum permissible loadout weight: 600 kg|
The IL-10 (1946) (China) is defended by:
- 1 x 20 mm B-20E cannon, dorsal turret (150 rpg)
Usage in battles
NS-23 cannons are incapable of destroying medium or light tanks, even with AP ammunition. This severely hinders the aircraft's ground attack capabilities, so it is best utilized as a multipurpose aircraft similar to the B7A2 Ryusei. However, it is worth noting that this aircraft wields the ability to carry a varied payload of both bombs and rockets. With proper aim, it is possible to destroy heavy tanks, albeit it is very difficult as there is no bombing reticule. The "air targets" belt for the 23 mm cannons can demolish soft ground targets such as armoured cars and AAA units, but also retains the ability to destroy fighters and bombers alike with only a handful of rounds. Therefore, it can be beneficial to first attack the enemy's light defences and then if a teammate has been forced to a lower altitude by a pursuer, attempting to alleviate the stress of that pilot can be beneficial. Like the La-9, the IL-10 (1946) has the ability to fire two of its 23 mm cannons instead of four, as the ammunition pools are separate. A good strategy is to use one set of 23 mm belts for attacking ground targets, and the other for destroying enemy aircraft.
If found in a sticky situation, the IL-10 (1946) pilot may choose to call for help or to "roll the dice" and use the 20 mm tail cannon. While it is effective, hitting the enemy at longer distances can be very difficult, especially without the "new 20 mm cannon (turret)" module upgrade. It is best to lure an enemy by turning and evading their fire, and then lining them up directly with the tail cannon. It is possible to destroy the enemy aircraft with less than 10 shells if they are very close and the tail gunner is accurate. Another unorthodox method of using the 20 mm tail cannon involves a situation in which an initial pass on a ground target failed. Depending on how close the IL-10 (1946) is to the ground target, it is possible to destroy it from behind with the 20 mm tail gun. This is very difficult, especially as the distance from the target increases.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
|Combined|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Forward-firing 4 x 23 mm cannons can do massive damage even against medium tanks (at diving angles)
- Defensive 20 mm gunner with 150 rounds of ammunition for protection (can bring down enemy fighters reliably if they hit)
- Accelerates rather quickly (useful for gaining distance from a failed ground strike)
- Versatile payload of bombs and rockets
- Highly armoured cockpit
- Durable aircraft, can absorb damage
- Good manoeuvrability for an attacker
- Large aircraft, easy target
- 23 mm are difficult to aim due to low muzzle velocity
- Lots of armour plating in the cockpit hinders visibility (if playing SB)
- Cannot perform high-speed manoeuvres
- Bleeds energy extremely quickly
- Very slow roll rate
- Low top speed, manoeuvrability, and climb rate
- Almost no protection for the rear gunner
After its introduction in 1944, the IL-10 proved itself as a ground attacker even during the arrival of the jet era, due to the inferior low-altitude performance of early jets. Meanwhile, in Mainland China, the ongoing civil war between CCP and KMT for control of the nation was almost over (main KMT forces retreated to Taiwan Island and the remaining were struggling on different coastal islands like Kinmen and Matsu). During that time, the PRC only had propeller aircraft and before the outbreak of the Korean War, the PLAAF needed new aircraft to flush out remnants of KMT forces from the Mainland's coastal islands.
In 1950, the PLAAF started the import of IL-10s from the Soviets and in October, VVS units stationed at Shanghai handed 25 of them to the PLAAF 13th Assault Regiment; they were some of many aircraft that joined the 1st Anniversary of PRC establishment parade; by 1952, there were 254 of them exported to Mainland China.
The first time they really shone was in 1954-1955, the Battle of Dachen Island (大陈岛) in coastal Taizhou (台州), Fujian, and also Yijiangshan Island (一江山岛) in Zhejiang. From 1st November 1954 until 18 January 1955, IL-10s joined the very first battle of the PLA with tri-force participation and helped the PLAGF flush out the remaining KMT forces on the island. The attackers knocked down dozens of bunkers, buildings and destroyed some KMT vessels, once again proving their worth as an attacker.
While there were attempts to upgrade them with the WJ-6 turboprop engine and enhance their payload, the programme was eventually cancelled. The remaining aircraft no longer had spare parts for repairs, also, with the arrival of the supersonic age, the IL-10 became increasingly obsolete. These aircraft served the PLAAF for two decades and were eventually replaced by the Q-5 in October 1972.
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