IL-28 (Germany)

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Towards the end of WWII, multiple captured German prototype jet bombers found their way into Soviet hands, and were quickly analysed and reverse-engineered. One of the first successful production jet bombers to incorporate the technologies learned from these planes was the new IL-28 bomber, which would go on to become one of the staples of air forces of the Eastern Bloc during the '50s and '60s. One such operator was the East German Air Force (NVA Luftstreitkräfte), who used 13 of the type (12 IL-28 and a single IL-28U trainer) between 1954 and 1982, not as a bomber, but rather primarily for target tug and engine testing duties as East German bomber wings were normally outfitted with different, faster, shorter ranged aircraft at the time.

Introduced in Update "Raining Fire", the German IL-28 is completely identical to its Soviet brother, and as such it should be played the same. The aircraft fills the role of the "fast frontline bomber" previously taken by aircraft such as the Do-217 and Arado 234, focusing on interdicting the enemy airspace quickly, striking a single target precisely, and leaving before the fighters can scramble. In-game, it finds itself at an advantage when doing this at its battle rating, due to its generous airspawn and powerful tail gunners. All in all, the IL-28 teaches players of the German tech tree the playstyle of high speed interdiction and strike bombing, preparing them for future aircraft in this line such as the following MiG-23BN.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 500 m905 km/h
Turn time48 s
Max altitude11 500 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-1
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight23 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 866 842 11500 49.3 50.1 16.3 15.4 1,480
Upgraded 945 905 46.9 48.0 24.1 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 + -
810 400 577 548 400 ~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 (each) Type 23m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 77m fuel
892 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 15,172 kg 15,772 kg 17,058 kg 18,344 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 23m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 77m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,678 kgf N/A 0.35 0.34 0.31 0.29 0.27 0.23
Optimal 2,678 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.35 0.34 0.31 0.29 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)
23m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 77m fuel
2 50 kg 190 kg 13s No Yes 15,652 kg 16,202 kg 17,538 kg 18,824 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)
23m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 77m fuel
Stationary 1,682 kgf 8,720 kgf 0.56 0.54 0.50 0.46 0.43
Optimal 1,682 kgf
(any speed)
8,720 kgf
(0 km/h)
0.56 0.54 0.50 0.46 0.43

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 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.


  • 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
AB3 092 → 4 242 Sl icon.png
RB10 690 → 14 666 Sl icon.png
SB16 188 → 22 209 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications91 100 Rp icon.png
146 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 300 / 600 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
6 100 Rp icon.png
9 800 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Mods armor frame.png
6 800 Rp icon.png
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
7 600 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
7 600 Rp icon.png
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Mods armor cover.png
7 400 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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350 Ge icon.png
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6 100 Rp icon.png
9 800 Sl icon.png
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The most valuable modules of this aircraft are among the most difficult to attain; the KD-3 bomb upgrade is fairly mandatory for destroying any type of heavy ground target successfully, and having the Turret 23 mm and New 23 mm cannons (turret) upgrades increase the effectiveness of the aircraft's tail guns. However, being able to outrun an enemy before even engaging is often extremely useful as well.


Offensive armament

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

The IL-28 (Germany) is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

List of setups (5)
Setup 112 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bomb
Setup 28 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bomb
Setup 34 x 500 kg FAB-500M-46 bomb
Setup 41 x 1500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bomb
Setup 51 x 3000 kg FAB-3000M-46 bomb

The IL-28 (Germany) 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)
  • 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)

Defensive armament

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

The IL-28 (Germany) is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

Being a jet bomber, the Soviet post-war IL-28 occupies the traditional role of "fast bomber" previously endowed to aircraft like the Pe-2-359 Peshka. Thus, its major advantage is being able to quickly swoop down to the target area and dispense its payload without being caught by enemy aircraft. The IL-28 relies on speed, acceleration, bomb capacity, and defensive capabilities to survive. Unlike some of the aircraft the IL-28 may face, it is able to quickly accelerate, leaving would-be attackers in the dust. This single facet of the aircraft's performance is often a gamechanger, as it allows the IL-28 to quickly disengage from any dogfight or bombing run. This aircraft features a wide range of payload options including up to 3000 kg of bombs stored in the aircraft's internal bomb bay. To the naked eye, this rather minuscule payload may seem insignificant. However, by utilizing this aircraft's strengths pilots may find themselves able to single-handedly win the match by destroying all of the enemy's ground targets and running down their ticket count. This tactic of attrition is more than plausible, especially on realistic battles maps like Korea, where ground targets are often fairly centrally located and thus easy to destroy.

Unlike its American and British counterparts, the IL-28 features a heavy-hitting defensive armament of two 23 mm NR-23 cannons mounted in the tail barbette. This turret setup is unique in that it features an extremely high degree of manoeuvrability, able to almost fire straight up and down. This single aspect of the IL-28 is what truly makes it a legendary aircraft, especially among the War Thunder community. Often described as being able to fire "23 mm lasers", the IL-28's tail cannons are capable of equipping belts composed entirely of destructive fragmentation incendiary tracer ammunition. The NR-23 cannons also fire unusually quickly, which makes the aircraft's one-second burst mass very high. This makes the aircraft more than capable of defending itself, an invaluable asset in Rank V battles. There is also 102 mm glass in front of the tail gunner, making it quite hard to knock him out. The IL-28 also wields two of these weapons in forward-facing positions under the nose, which allows the aircraft to destroy softer targets like AAA and artillery.

While the 23 mm cannons are extremely potent when they strike both ground and air units, the fact that they fire so quickly makes it very possible to run out of ammunition even when firing in short bursts. Thus, a good aim is essential for success when using these weapons. The same issue applies to the IL-28's tail guns, which utilize the same cannons but with a larger ammunition pool. Having the crew "reload speed" upgrade maxed out allows the aircraft's tail guns to reload much faster which can be invaluable during an engagement. The tail gun can also be used to finish off softer ground targets after a failed frontal attack.

The IL-28 starts off with twelve 100 kg bombs which in some cases are not enough to make a true impact on the match's result. Therefore, attaining the "KD-3" and "BD-4" bomb upgrades is essential. Having these allows the IL-28 to destroy heavier ground targets such as heavy and medium tanks, pillboxes, and various heavy naval units like destroyers.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful rear 23 mm cannon turret
  • Hard hitting 23 mm cannons in the front
  • Very fast - many early jet fighters cannot catch it at top speed
  • Powerful and flexible ordnance capacity
  • Highly armoured tail gunner position
  • Gunner can cover a large area of the rear and the sides because of the turret design
  • Fast acceleration
  • Suprisingly good turnrate, it can contest many airplanes at the battle rating


  • Fuel tanks are not protected by any armour
  • Fairly small payload compared to its counterparts
  • Able to be intercepted by Korean War-era jet aircraft
  • Poor roll rate-any wing damage will often result in a roll that is impossible to pull out of
  • Cockpit features no rearward visibility
  • Fast acceleration means that you might break the wings if you don't pay attention
  • Rudder locks up very hardly even at medium speeds, which makes it very difficult to aim, especially paired with the poor roll rate


The IL-28 was created to meet a requirement for a bomber to carry a 3,000-kilogram payload at 800 km/h (500 mph). Although there were several previous attempts to create such an aircraft the IL-28 was the first successful design. It incorporated the new Rolls-Royce Nene engines, produced as the unlicensed "RD-45". After the completion of testing in 1949, the aircraft was ordered into production on 14 May 1949, with the new Klimov VK-1, an improved version of the previous RD-45. The IL-28 was widely exported and was utilized by almost all of the Warsaw Pact nations along with various Middle Eastern and African nations. It was license-built in China as the Harbin H-5 and in Czechoslovakia as the Avia B-228. It is known to still be in service today in the Korean People's Air Force (KPAF). Although few in number, they provide North Korea with a means of strategically bombing targets.



See also

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Ilyushin Design Bureau (Илью́шинa Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Bombers  DB-3B · IL-4
Jet Bombers  IL-28* · IL-28Sh
Strike Aircraft  IL-8 (1944)
Il-2  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 · IL-10 (1946)
Bombers  ␗DB-3A · ◊IL-28 · ◔IL-28
Strike Aircraft  ▀IL-2 (1942) · ␗IL-10 (1946) · ◔IL-10
  * The Chinese Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation built unlicensed copies of the Il-28 known as the H-5.

Germany jet aircraft
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262 A  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a
Me 262 C  Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
Tornado  ◄Tornado IDS WTD61 · ◄Tornado IDS MFG · ◄Tornado IDS ASSTA1
West Germany  Alpha Jet A
USA  ◄F-84F
  ◄CL-13A Mk 5 · ◄CL-13B Mk.6 · ◄F-86K
  ◄F-4F Early · ◄F-4F · ◄F-4F KWS LV
USSR  ◊MiG-15bis
  ◄MiG-21 SPS-K · ◊MiG-21MF · ◊MiG-21bis-SAU · ◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"
  ◊MiG-23BN · ◊MiG-23MF · ◊MiG-23MLA
  ◊MiG-29 · ◄MiG-29G
  ◊Su-22UM3K · ◊Su-22M4
Poland  ◊Lim-5P
Britain  ◄Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ◌Hunter F.58 (Swiss)
Italy  ◄G.91 R/3 · ◄G.91 R/4