|This page is about the Russian jet bomber IL-28Sh. For other version, see IL-28.|
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".
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 4,500 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 500||< 600||< 600||N/A|
|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 (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|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%, no boosters)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||24m fuel||30m fuel||45m fuel||60m fuel||82m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 2,678 kgf
|Booster (Solid fuel rocket)||Aircraft mass|
| Can be
|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||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
| 8,720 kgf
Survivability and armour
- Armour plates
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
The IL-28Sh is armed with:
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 200 total)
The IL-28Sh can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 12 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1,200 kg total)
- 8 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (2,000 kg total)
- 10 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (2,500 kg total)
- 4 x 500 kg FAB-500 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-23-2 cannons, wing-mounted (gunpods) (250 rpg = 500 total)
- 6 x S-24 rockets
- 192 x S-5K rockets
The IL-28Sh is defended by:
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, tail turret (225 rpg = 450 total)
Usage in battles
Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).
|I||Fuselage repair||Compressor||Offensive 23 mm||Gun pod UPK-23-250|
|II||Airframe||New 23 mm cannons||KD-3|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||Turret 23 mm||C-24|
|IV||Cover||New 23 mm cannons (turret)||BD-4||UB-16-57|
Pros and cons
- 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
- Low top speed and acceleration, especially when stock
- Poor dogfighting capability
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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|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)|
|* The Chinese company Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation built unlicensed copies of the Il-28 known as the H-5.|
|USSR jet aircraft|
|Yakovlev||Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30|
|Mikoyan-Gurevich||MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l) · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17 · MiG-17AS · MiG-19PT · MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21SMT|
|Lavochkin||La-174 · La-15 · La-200|
|Ilyushin||IL-28 · IL-28Sh|