IL-2M "Avenger"

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This page is about the premium gift Soviet strike aircraft IL-2M "Avenger". For other versions, see IL-2 (Family).
IL-2M "Avenger"
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IL-2M "Avenger"
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The IL-2M "Avenger" is a premium gift rank III Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.41.27. It was removed from the store after the 2016 clearance sale. It was again available briefly in the store during the 2018 Winter Sale and has since been made available in-game for Golden Eagles (Ge icon.png) for a limited time during the 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 "Defender of the Fatherland", and the 2023 "Defender Special" mini-events.

The IL-2M "Avenger" is a premium variant of the IL-2M type 3 strike aircraft. It is an excellent variant of the IL-2 series, a very well armoured aircraft, though somewhat little manoeuvrable and lacking in energy retention and as such it should avoid confronting fighter aircraft. However the offensive armament is nothing to be trifled with, the hitting power of the 23 mm cannons is more than enough to obliterate any enemy aircraft, but dogfighting should be left to purpose-designed fighters. It also has a rear gunner equipped with a 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, capable of dealing with any enemies attacking from the rear.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 400 m405 km/h
Turn time48 s
Max altitude6 000 m
EngineMikulin AM-38F
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight6 t

Though the IL-2M models are improved with the better AM-38F engine, the IL-2M "Avenger" is still sluggish due to the overall plane weight. Speed, maxed out around the 400 km/h range, mean many fighters are able to catch up and outpace the IL-2M and take it down on their terms. Acceleration is decent up until a speed of around 330 km/h before slowing down. Though WEP is available on the plane, it doesn't seem to help assist in acceleration very well.

The roll rate of the aircraft is particularly slow, which is exacerbated with wing-mounted weapons like rockets. Elevator and rudder response are up to par however and can be relied on for more responsive manoeuvres.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,400 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 387 371 6000 49.2 50.3 6.1 6.0 800
Upgraded 430 409 46.9 47.9 11.4 8.6


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
620 320 447 418 270 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 320 < 320 > 330
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
750 m 1,500 hp 1,620 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural620 km/h
Gear320 km/h
IL-2M armour scheme
  • 6 mm Steel - Propeller ring
  • 4 mm Steel - Armour plates surrounding engine compartment
  • 6 mm Steel - Encasing oil cooler
  • 5 mm Steel - Cockpit floor
  • 6 mm Steel - Cockpit wall/canopy lining
  • 12 mm Steel - Pilot/Gunner separating partition
  • 4 mm Steel - Upper canopy behind pilot
  • 6 mm Steel - Armour plate protecting rear gunner
  • 64 mm Bulletproof Glass - Forward canopy

As can be seen by the list of armour types on the IL-2M "Avenger", the plane, like the other IL-series of attacker aircraft, has a capsule of armour surrounding the pilot and most of the plane's modules. While the thickness is not substantial, ranging between 4-5 mm of steel armour, they provide the engine, fuel tanks, and radiators a level of protection not typically enjoyed by other aircraft. The armour collectively also provides substantial protection to the pilot from the front, especially with a 64 mm thick bulletproof glass on the top and the collection of steel armour and modules below.

The pilot's rear armour is also quite substantial with more 6 mm armour platings. However, the crew partition armour of 12 mm combined with the gunner's rear 6 mm of armour means that while the gunner may be knocked out more easily by an enemy at a six o' clock, the pilot can enjoy some more levels of protection for sustained flying.

With the belly of the plane also considerably armoured, the only way to be able to attack the IL-2M "Avenger"'s crew unimpeded is by attacking from above, where there are gaps in the armour for a direct hit onto the pilot.

Though the modules and crew are considerably protected, the control surfaces on the plane are not. As such, the most likely way the IL-2M "Avenger" can be downed is by a shot-off/busted wing, tail, or their respective control systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB552 Sl icon.png
RB788 Sl icon.png
SB1 684 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts67 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 110 / 220 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Mods armor frame.png
Mods compressor.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Mods oil.png
95 octane fuel usage
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Mods ammo.png
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Mods turret gun.png
Mods weapon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
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Mods pilon rocket.png
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Offensive armament

The IL-2M "Avenger" is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

The IL-2M "Avenger" can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Hardpoints IL-2 (1941).png
25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs 6* 6*
50 kg FAB-50sv bombs 1* 2* 2* 1*
100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs 1* 2* 2* 1*
250 kg FAB-250M-43 bombs 1* 1*
ROS-82 rockets 2 2
RBS-82 rockets 2 2
ROS-132 rockets 2 2
ROFS-132 rockets 2 2
RBS-132 rockets 2 2
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 625 kg
* Bombs on hardpoints 2/5 cannot be equipped in conjunction with bombs on hardpoints 3/4 respectively
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 4 x ROS-82 rockets
  • 4 x RBS-82 rockets
  • 4 x ROFS-132 rockets
  • 4 x RBS-132 rockets
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M-43 bombs (500 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The IL-2M "Avenger" is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (150 rpg)

Operated by a single gunner, the Berezin UB can provide decent coverage of the IL-2M "Avenger"'s rear. If an enemy loiters around the IL-2's upper six o' clock, the gunner can have a decent chance of reaching out and hitting, or even downing the enemy plane.

Usage in battles

Tactically, as with all IL aircraft, the Avenger is best suited to ground-pounding at low altitude. Avoiding conflict with aircraft is a priority, as, though tanky, the plane will not withstand much-concentrated fire, especially to its wings. When engaging ground targets, approach at a slight climb before nosing down to begin a shallow dive towards them. Bombing in this way will nearly always allow you to get away from the blast wave, and the 1.5-second delay is more than enough for you to gain enough distance, even from the 250 kg bombs. If using both bombs and rockets, lightening the aircraft from the bombs will allow you to more effectively manoeuvre to use rockets before returning to base. Use bombs against tanks and pillboxes, rockets against groups of light armoured vehicles (and occasionally enemy aircraft), and use your machine guns and cannons for AAA, artillery, armoured cars, and enemy aircraft.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Extraordinarily long WEP time at low altitudes
  • Extremely durable
  • Rear Gunner
  • Stable platform for rocket and strafing runs
  • Faster than the regular IL-2M and IL-37
  • Wide variety of payloads
  • Decent ammo count, even for the cannons
  • Can fly without wingtips


  • Slower than the early IL-2s
  • Rear gunner cannot engage targets beneath the plane
  • Unmanoeuvrable with bombs


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

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.

USSR strike aircraft
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-8  IL-8 (1944)
IL-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Pe-3  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
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)
Su-8  Su-8
Tandem MAI  Tandem MAI
Tu-1  Tu-1
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB

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