IL-28Sh

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This page is about the Russian jet bomber IL-28Sh. For other version, see IL-28.
IL-28Sh
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IL-28Sh
AB RB SB
8.0 8.0 8.0
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Description

The IL-28Sh is a rank V Soviet jet bomber with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 500 m905 km/h
Turn time48 s
Max altitude11 500 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-1
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight23 t

The IL-28Sh 'Beagle', being a attacker modification of the previous IL-28, retains its predecessor's characteristics. The aircraft has lacklustre acceleration and top speed for its BR, which is to be expected as it was derived from a bomber. In fact, the aircraft has a set of takeoff boosters to help get it off the runway! Typically, these are not absolutely necessary to get the plane off the ground, but are a helpful addition as they can boost the IL-28's acceleration significantly for a short duration of time. The aircraft's top speed of 933 km/h spaded allows it to outrun most aircraft it faces in downtiers, but this advantage is lost in higher-tier battles.

The 'Beagle' has relatively mediocre flight characteristics given its size and weight. When flying it, it is to be expected that the aircraft feels rather sluggish. That said, the control surfaces are large, and remain responsive up to the airframe's critical speed. The plane's roll rate and turn rate are both unimpressive, though it is able to turn relatively quickly at the expense of speed. As well, beware the the airframe has a critical speed of just 850 km/h IAS - this means that the IL-28Sh will frequently break its wings in dives.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 860 834 11500 49.4 50.3 16.4 15.5 1,480
Upgraded 947 933 46.7 48.0 24.0 20.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
850 400 577 548 400 ~7 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 500 < 600 < 600 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel, no boosters)
Klimov VK-1 2 13,170 kg 326 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load, no boosters) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 24m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 82m fuel
892 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 15,133 kg 15,626 kg 16,823 kg 18,030 kg 19,801 kg 23,200 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%, no boosters)
Condition 100% WEP 24m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 82m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,678 kgf N/A 0.35 0.34 0.32 0.30 0.27 0.23
Optimal 2,678 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.35 0.34 0.32 0.30 0.27 0.23
Booster (Solid fuel rocket) Aircraft mass
Number Booster
weight (each)
Fuel
weight (each)
Burn
Time
Can be
shutdown
Jettisoned
after use
Mass with full booster fuel (no weapons load)
24m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 82m fuel
2 50 kg 190 kg 13s No Yes 15,613 kg 16,106 kg 17,303 kg 18,510 kg 20,281 kg
Condition Maximum booster
thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB)
Combined engine
& booster thrust @ 0 m
Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100% with booster)
24m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 82m fuel
Stationary 1,682 kgf 8,720 kgf 0.56 0.54 0.50 0.47 0.43
Optimal 1,682 kgf
(any speed)
8,720 kgf
(0kph)
0.56 0.54 0.50 0.47 0.43

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural850 km/h
Gear400 km/h
Armour plates

Front gunner

  • 6 mm steel plate for the front gunner's seat.
  • 10 mm (bottom) and 32 mm (top) steel plates behind the front gunner.
  • 10 mm steel plate under the nose.

Pilot

  • 6 mm steel plate for the pilot's seat.
  • 10 mm steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 32 mm (top) steel plate in front of the pilot (part of the steel plate behind the front gunner).

Tail gunner

  • 10 mm steel plate under the tail gunner.
  • 8 mm steel plates in front of tail gunner.
  • 102 mm (rear) and 68 mm (sides) bulletproof glass panes in front of tail gunner.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 320 → 5 520 Sl icon.png
RB6 300 → 8 051 Sl icon.png
SB18 000 → 23 004 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications212 000 Rp icon.png
234 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts390 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 220 / 430 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
ns23_belt_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod UPK-23-250
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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ns23_new_gun
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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KD-3
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods ammo.png
nr23_turret_belt_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-24
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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nr23_turret_new_gun
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
BD-4
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
UB-16-57
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The IL-28Sh is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 200 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups9
List of setups
Setup 112 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bomb
Setup 28 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bomb
Setup 310 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bomb
Setup 44 x 500 kg FAB-500M-46 bomb
Setup 51 x 1500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bomb
Setup 61 x 3000 kg FAB-3000M-46 bomb
Setup 72 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon
(ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 86 x S-24 rockets
Setup 9192 x S-5K rockets
Main articles: S-5K, S-24, GSh-23L (23 mm)

The IL-28Sh can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 10 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bombs (2,500 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg FAB-500M-46 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bomb (1,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 bomb (3,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons, wing-mounted (gunpods) (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 6 x S-24 rockets
  • 192 x S-5K rockets

Defensive armament

Turret2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon
Ammunition450 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The IL-28Sh is defended by:

  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, tail turret (225 rpg = 450 total)

Usage in battles

The IL-28Sh is an extremely versatile aircraft, thanks to its extensive suspended ordnance options. The aircraft can be used as a bomber, or as a CAS aircraft with its rockets. As well, the IL-28Sh gets access to a powerful forward-firing and defensive set of 23 mm cannons, which can be further augmented by a pair of UPK-23-250 gunpods each carrying a GSh-23L cannon - combined, these can provide a forward firing burst mass of over 25 kilograms, which is the highest burst mass of any aircraft at its BR.

As with its predecessor, the IL-28Sh can be used as a base-bomber in RB. This is initially difficult due to its small stock load of twelve 100 kg bombs, but becomes much easier once the 3,000 kg bomb is unlocked. This monster of a bomb is the second-largest bomb in the game, after the Pe-8's FAB-5000 bomb. This bomb can one-shot bases very easily. When used in this manner, proceed to the nearest base as fast as possible (possibly in a slight dive), drop ordnance, and run. This ensures that the IL-28Sh won't be intercepted by any fighters, which will take more time to get there. Attempting to climb may not be the best option, as many enemy fighters can get to bomber altitude very quickly.

The second, and more interesting option for the IL-28Sh is ground attack. The aircraft can carry a variety of powerful ground-attack ordnance (namely the aforementioned 3,000 kg bomb and the six S-24 rockets), which make the aircraft extremely effective in mixed battles. When used in this manner, it is worth noting that the aircraft is much more vulnerable, especially in air battles where enemy fighters will arrive extremely quickly. The first effective load for ground attack is the aforementioned 3,000 kg bomb; despite only having a single drop, the bomb is effective enough to take out every enemy tank at a base. This option also ensures the safety of the aircraft, as you will be able to escape quickly after dropping the bomb.

The second, and more interesting option, are the S-24 rockets. These rockets, similar to the earlier S-21 and American Tiny Tim rockets, are massive, and pack 25 kilograms of explosive filler. They are especially effective against lighter-armoured targets, which will be destroyed by the rocket's huge blast. The IL-28 can carry six of these rockets, which fire singly. The aircraft can also carry 192 S-5K rockets, but these are less effective due to their much smaller warhead. More hits will be required to destroy the targets.

The IL-28Sh shouldn't be used in an air-to-air role, as it will be outmanoeuvred and outspeeded by most fighters at its BR. If being pursued, employ evasive manoeuvres, and utilize the IL-28's powerful tail gun to shoot at pursuing fighters. The tail turret, packing two NR-23 autocannons, is especially effective, and can easily destroy pursuing attackers. As well, the IL-28 can encounter early missiles such as the AIM-9B. If an enemy fires a missile at you, wait until the missile gets close, then perform a sharp manoeuvre. The early missile's weak seeker and G-force capability prevents it from tracking reliably.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Reasonable bomb load in air RB
  • Good armaments for ground RB
  • Good high speed manoeuvrability
  • Turret and frontal armament are both useful against enemy planes
  • Quick stock grind

Cons:

  • Low top speed and acceleration, especially when stock
  • Poor dogfighting capability

History

Development work on the IL-28Sh (Sh = Shturmovik; attacker) began in 1967 after it became clear that the main fighter-bomber of the Soviet air force, the MiG-15, had insufficient combat loads. As a result of this, Soviet engineers once more began looking into the possibility of converting some IL-28 bombers into attack aircraft. This resulted in the creation of the IL-28Sh, a regular IL-28 modified to fit 12 external pylons suspended underneath the wings. This allowed the IL-28Sh to carry, in addition to its standard internal payloads, a large number of suspended ordnance options ranging from rocket-and gunpods to additional bombs.

Testing of the modified machine began in autumn 1967, showing positive results. However, the way the Soviet high command envisioned to use the aircraft as an attacker contradicted some of the design choices made initially, while the aircraft was still intended to be used as a bomber. To fully utilize the destructive power of its expanded payload options and to avoid premature detection as well as anti-aircraft fire, the IL-28Sh was intended to be used at low to extremely low altitudes (going as low as 60 m). Operating at extremely low altitude like this meant that the crew of the Il-28Sh had to undergo special training in order to acquire the skills needed to use the machine this way. However, the biggest advantage that this kind of low-level flying offered was excellent visibility for both the pilot and bombardier as well as allowing the aircraft to be operated from front-line airfields. Nonetheless, testing also showed that the IL-28Sh wasn't without its flaws. Not only did the IL-28Sh lack sufficient enough armor protection to be used in this kind of role, but that the risk of losing the crew in an emergency situation was far greater than usually. These severe drawbacks ultimately led to the IL-28Sh being classified as unsuitable for the role of an attack aircraft and the project was shut down soon afterwards. Despite 70 regular IL-28 units being planned to be converted to the attacker version, only a handful of them was actually modified before the project was shut down.

- From Devblog

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See also

Related development
Aircraft of a similar role, configuration or era

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 jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-28B · Yak-30 · Yak-38 · Yak-38M
Mikoyan-Gurevich  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis · MiG-23M
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK · Su-17M2
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T