IL-2-37

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This page is about the Soviet strike aircraft IL-2-37. For other variants, see IL-2 (Family).
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IL-2-37
AB RB SB
3.3 3.0 3.7
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Description

The IL-2-37 is a rank III Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.0 (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 a strike aircraft and only as a strike aircraft. Anything else will get it destroyed very quickly.

The IL-2-37 is meant for swooping down and taking out tanks with its 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

Max speed
at 1 320 m387 km/h
Turn time40 s
Max altitude5 200 m
EngineMikulin AM-38F
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight6 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,320 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 369 353 5200 41.3 42.6 6.2 6.1 550
Upgraded 408 391 38.7 39.8 11.2 8.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
620 320 N/A 418 270 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 300 < 370 > 329

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural620 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 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.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 300 → 2 037 Sl icon.png
RB2 300 → 3 604 Sl icon.png
SB3 420 → 5 359 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications26 800 Rp icon.png
58 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training29 000 Sl icon.png
Experts100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
60 / 190 / 350 % Sl icon.png
142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mods oil.png
95 octane fuel usage
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
shkas_belt_pack
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
ub_turret_belt_pack
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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shkas_new_gun
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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ub_turret_new_gun
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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ns37_belt_pack
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Der-21
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 700 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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ns37_new_gun
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 37 mm NS-37 cannon
Ammunition112 rounds
Fire rate260 shots/min
Ammunition1 500 rounds
Fire rate1 800 shots/min

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

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 14 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 22 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb

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

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

Defensive armament

Turret12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun
Ammunition150 rounds
Fire rate1027 shots/min
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
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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 ordnance
  • No rocket armament
  • Stock aircraft has an abhorrent turning radius
  • 37 mm stock cannon repetitive shot spread unreliable

History

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.

Media

Skins

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 strike aircraft
Su-2  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82)
Su-6  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)
Pe-3  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Tandem MAI  Tandem MAI
TIS MA  TIS MA
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB