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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
6.2 tTake-off weight
7.06 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
5 200 mCeiling
Mikulin AM-38FEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannonWeapon 1
112 roundsAmmunition
260 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
150 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 2
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 900 / 6 103/2 160 / 3 380/1 350 / 2 112Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
380 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet attacker IL-2-37. For other variants, see IL-2 (Family).


GarageImage IL-2-37.jpg

The IL-2-37 is a rank III Soviet attacker with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB) and 3.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

The IL-2-37 is the slowest of all of the extended-cockpit IL-2 variants (those featuring a gunner). As such, the IL-2-37 should be played as an attacker and only as an attacker. Anything else will get it destroyed very quickly.

The IL-2-37 is meant for swooping down and taking out tanks with it's dual 37 mm NS-37 cannons. It does a fairly decent job at doing so, it is recommended to dive at a high angle and shoot the top of the tank to set them on fire or kill the crew.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,320 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 370 355 5 200 41.3 42.6 6.2 6.1 550
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 + -
620 320 N/A 470 270 ~9 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 320 < 320 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
750 m 1,500 hp 1,593 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6 mm Steel plate behind propeller.
  • 4 mm Steel plate covering the front fuselage.
  • 12 mm Steel plate in air intake.
  • 6 mm Steel plates around the oil cooling system.
  • 5 mm Steel plates around the fuel tank.
  • 6 mm Steel plates surrounding the cockpit.
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 4 mm Steel plate above cockpit fuel tank.
  • 12 mm Steel plate separating cockpit and rear gunner.
  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of the rear gunner.


Offensive armament

The IL-2-37 is armed with:

  • 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons, wing-mounted (56 rpg = 112 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

The IL-2-37 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The IL-2-37 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (150 rpg)

Usage in battles

Being a true attacker, it should head straight to its target immediately as the battle starts.

Tips for gunners

The gunner is extremely powerful and accurate even before upgrades, it is not uncommon to get three or more gunner kills in one game. Take advantage of the fact that many enemies will approach the aircraft from straight behind, so switch to gunner view and just aim for the cockpit of the enemy plane attacking the tail. Use the Armoured targets belt for the gunner, as they feature a cement-core round capable of penetrating through most bulletproof glass, engine casing, and armour.

37 mm's

The IL-2-37 comes with a pair of 37 mm guns, each with 50 rounds loaded. In tank battles, dive from above and attack targets through their more vulnerable roof. In air battles, come from the side or back as enemies are usually travelling in a straight line. Set a gun targeting distance of no less than 500 m so the IL-2-37 can pull out of the fray once it passes over. When the enemy is in sights, fire once and see if the shots hit and kill the target. If it doesn't, fire again, and pull out of the engagement if the target was not destroyed in the two volleys. Go around for another pass or focus on a new ground target in the IL-2-37's flight path.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm Turret 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs New 12 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 37 mm Der-21
IV 95 octane fuel usage Engine injection Cover New 37 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Great at ground striking
  • Has dual 37 mm NS-37 cannons on the wings
  • Extremely generous ammo count
  • One of the most durable single-engine planes in the game
  • First Sturmovik model with a rear gunner


  • Hard to fly
  • Takes skill to fly at low speeds
  • Does not want to roll when exceeding 500 kph (or +310 mph)
  • The armament weight restricts the amount of payload ordinance
  • No rocket armament
  • Stock aircraft has an abhorrent turning radius
  • 37 mm stock cannon repetitive shot spread unreliable


Based on the two-seat Il-2, armed with Nudelman-Suranov NS-37 in conformable gun pods under the wings, instead of the 20/23 mm cannons, this version is an attempt to create an anti-tank aircraft, first used in combat during the Battle of Kursk. However, the combat effectiveness was quite low and production of the variant was limited to about 3,500. Moreover, the bomb load was decreased from 600 kg to 200 kg. It was replaced by the conventional Il-2 attackers armed with cassettes with cumulative bomblets.

In-game description

On 21st July 1941 the lead designer of the IL-2 Sergey Ilyushin sent a request to the People's Minister of Aviation, calling for improvement of the IL-2 by upgrading the engine to a 1,675-HP M-82 and increasing the aircraft's armor. The request was extremely urgent, considering that the rapidly advancing German troops at the time threatened serial production of the engines then used on the IL-2. Several influential Party members also called for upgrading the IL-2's engine. Another crucial change, in conjunction with the engine, called for converting the aircraft into a two-seater, based on combat experience. The second crewman would mainly deal with protecting the rear section of the Sturmovik from aerial attack, making it, in the designer's opinion, "nearly invincible". An aft fuel tank, previously installed behind the pilot in the armored tub, was replaced with a gunner compartment under a stretched canopy, armed with a 12.7mm (.50-cal) UBT machine gun with 280 rounds of ammunition. The gunner position, just like the pilot's, was well armored.

Once the prototype was tested, all test pilots concluded that flight performance of the new variant was worse than that of the earlier IL-2 AM-38 variant; however, no changes in overall behavior were noted, the armor was very effective, and no shortcomings that made flying dangerous were uncovered. Therefore, the new prototype was accepted for serial production.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • 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.

USSR attackers
Su  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
IL-2  IL-2 (1941) · IL-2 (1942) · IL-2M (1943) · IL-2M type 3 · IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2-37 · IL-2 M-82
IL-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Yak  Yak-2 KABB
  Tandem MAI