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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
23.20 tTake-off weight
5.93 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11500 mCeiling
2 х Klimov VK-1Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
850 km/hStructural
400 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannonWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannonTurret
450 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x Setup 1
8 x Setup 2
10 x Setup 3
4 x Setup 4
1 x 1500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bombSetup 5
1 x 3000 kg FAB-3000M-46 bombSetup 6
2 x 23 mm GSh-23-2 cannonSetup 7
6 x S-24 rocketsSetup 8
192 x S-5K rocketsSetup 9
99000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png12800 / 16358/5280 / 6747/5400 / 6901Repair
110000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
310 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian jet bomber IL-28Sh. For other version, see IL-28.


GarageImage IL-28Sh.jpg

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

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
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


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
Combat Take-off Landing + -
850 400 600 600 400 ~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 (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)
weight (each)
Can be
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
0.56 0.54 0.50 0.47 0.43

Survivability and armour

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.


  • 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.


Offensive armament

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

Main articles: S-5K, S-24, GSh-23-2 (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-23-2 cannons, wing-mounted (gunpods) (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 6 x S-24 rockets
  • 192 x S-5K rockets

Defensive armament

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

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Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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



See also

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  • 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 jet aircraft
Bereznyak-Isayev  BI
Yakovlev  Yak-15 · Yak-15P · Yak-17 · Yak-23 · 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-21SMT · MiG-21bis
Lavochkin  La-174 · La-15 · La-200
Sukhoi  Su-7B · Su-7BKL
Ilyushin  IL-28 · IL-28Sh
Tupolev  Tu-14T