IL-2M "Avenger"

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IL-2M "Avenger"
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
6.36 tTake-off weight
4.54 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6000 mCeiling
Mikulin AM-38FEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannonWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1500 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
150 roundsAmmunition
1027 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bombSetup 1
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombSetup 2
4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bombSetup 3
4 x RS-82 rocketsSetup 4
4 x RBS-82 rocketsSetup 5
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 6
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 7
4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 8
4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 9
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 10
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 11
2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombSetup 12
4 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 13
4 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 14
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 15
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 16
4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 17
4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 18
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 19
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 20
Sl icon.png4100/3600/2100Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png60 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet attacker IL-2M "Avenger". For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).


GarageImage IL-2M "Avenger".jpg

The IL-2M "Avenger" is a premium gift rank III Soviet attacker with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.41.27. The IL-2M "Avenger" is a premium variant of the IL-2M type 3.

This plane is, as with all IL aircraft, a ground attacker. It should avoid confronting any fighter aircraft, as it has terrible manoeuvrability and even worse energy retention. In an emergency, the hitting power of the 23's is more than enough to obliterate enemy fighters, but the dog-fighting should be left to the fighters.

The IL-2M "Avenger" is a rather distinctive vehicle, as it is the only premium IL-2 in the Soviet tree. A very well armoured aircraft, though somewhat unmanoeuvrable, the Avenger is an excellent variant of the IL series aircraft. This particular version has a rear gunner equipped with a 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, capable of dealing with any enemies attacking from the rear, and the forward firepower is nothing to be trifled with.

General info

Flight Performance

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.

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


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
620 320 470 ~9 ~9
Optimal velocities
< 320 < 320 < 320 > 220
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
750 m 1,500 hp 1,620 hp

Survivability and armour

IL-2M armour scheme
  • 6 mm Steel - Propeller ring
  • 4 mm Steel - Armor 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 - Armor 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.


Offensive armament

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

  • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannon (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: RS-82, RBS-82, RS-132, RBS-132

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

  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 82 mm RS-82 rockets
  • 4 x 82 mm RBS-82 rockets
  • 4 x 82 mm RS-82 rockets + 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 82 mm RBS-82 rockets + 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 82 mm RS-82 rockets + 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombs (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 82 mm RBS-82 rockets + 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 132 mm RBS-132 rocket, 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 132 mm RS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombs (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 132 mm RBS-132 rocket, 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombs (400 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, Armored cars, and enemy aircraft.

Specific enemies worth noting

All enemy fighters have a chance at critically wounding you, and even enemy attackers will, for the most part, out-perform you.


Use the gunner to the best of your ability, but maintaining significant distance from enemy air forces is the best thing to do.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 12 mm Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 7 mm MGs MDZ-42
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 23 mm RO-82
IV 95 Octane Fuel Engine Injection Cover New 23 mm Cannons RO-132
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

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
  • Unmaneuverable with bombs


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In-game description

On 21st July 1941, the lead designer of the IL-2 Sergey Ilyushin sent a request to the People's Minister of Aviation, calling for the improvement of the IL-2 by upgrading the engine to a 1,675-HP M-82 and increasing the aircraft's armour. The request was extremely urgent, considering that the rapidly advancing German troops at the time threatened serial production of the engines then used on the IL-2. Several influential Party members also called for upgrading the IL-2's engine. Another crucial change, in conjunction with the engine, called for converting the aircraft into a two-seater, based on combat experience. The second crewman would mainly deal with protecting the rear section of the Sturmovik from aerial attack, making it, in the designer's opinion, "nearly invincible". An aft fuel tank, previously installed behind the pilot in the armoured tub, was replaced with a gunner compartment under a stretched canopy, armed with a 12.7 mm (.50-cal) UBT machine gun with 280 rounds of ammunition. The gunner position, just like the pilot's, was well armoured.

Once the prototype was tested, all test pilots concluded that flight performance of the new variant was worse than that of the earlier IL-2 AM-38 variant; however, no changes in overall behaviour were noted, the armour was very effective, and no shortcomings that made flying dangerously were uncovered. Therefore, the new prototype was accepted for serial production.

Based on the two-seat Il-2, armed with Nudelman-Suranov NS-37 in conformable gun pods under the wings, instead of the 20/23 mm cannons, this version is an attempt to create an anti-tank aircraft, first used in combat during the Battle of Kursk. However, the combat effectiveness was quite low and production of the variant was limited to about 3,500. Moreover, the bomb load was decreased from 600 kg to 200 kg. It was replaced by the conventional Il-2 attackers armed with cassettes with cumulative bomblets.


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See also

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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) · ▀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 attackers
Su  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
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-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Yak  Yak-2 KABB
  Tandem MAI

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29 · TIS MA
Jet fighters  MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS · Yak-38
Attackers  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Su-6 · Tandem MAI
Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
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