IL-2 (1941)

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IL-2 (1941)
il_2_1941.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/2.7BR
1 personCrew
5.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Mikulin AM-38Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 1
420 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombSetup 1
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 2
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 3
2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 4
8 x RS-82 rocketsSetup 5
8 x RBS-82 rocketsSetup 6
8 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 7
8 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 8
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 9
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 10
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 11
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 12
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 13
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 14
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 15
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 16
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 17
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 18
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 19
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 20
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 21
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 22
Economy
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png850 / 1 292/700 / 1 064/530 / 806Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
× (112) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Russian attacker IL-2 (1941). For other versions, see IL-2 (Family).

Description

GarageImage IL-2 1941.jpg


The IL-2 (1941) is a rank II Russian attacker with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns".

The IL-2 1941 is the first IL-type attacker a pilot will get in the Soviet aircraft tree. Players will quickly find out that this plane is very durable, but somewhat slow and unwieldy... although with some skill this plane can surprise attacking enemies. Players should research bombs and rockets as soon as they can, followed by ammo belts to augment your ground-attack role. This plane, as well as the following IL-type aircraft, have roughly the same base attributes you will find in the Pros and Cons below, with a few minor differences between models.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
405 390 25.9 26.7 6.1 6.1 450
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
447 425 24.1 24.9 11.3 8.6 450

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
470 ~15 ~15
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 320 < 320 < 370 > 360
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,750 m 1,500 hp 1,593 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The IL-2 (1941) is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (210 rpg = 420 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

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

The IL-2 (1941) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 8 x RS-82 rockets
  • 8 x RBS-82 rockets
  • 8 x RS-132 rockets
  • 8 x RBS-132 rockets
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)

Usage in battles

For tactics, IL-2s are built to be close to the ground. Fly very low for IL-2 pilots in reality were known to skim treetops. Further try to stay out of sight of enemy planes. As tough as you are, you cannot take concentrated fire from enemy fighters, especially heavy fighters. As you near your target (about 3 km away) go into a slight climb, then nose down into a moderate dive toward your target. Imagine yourself gliding in, not diving. It is generally recommended that you use bombs first, as this will immediately lighten the plane and make you more maneuverable. Because the IL-2 flies so close to the ground, some pilots have destroyed themselves by bombing targets right under them. To avoid this, set the bomb fuses to around 2 seconds.

Use bombs against tanks and pillboxes, rockets against groups of light armored vehicles (and occasionally enemy aircraft), and use your MGs/Cannons for AAA, Artillery, Armoured cars, and enemy aircraft. If you equip certain ammo belts, you may also be able to destroy pillboxes and light tanks with your primary guns alone! Experience gained with this aircraft will be invaluable for later models, who get larger cannons, rear gunners, and other handy upgrades.

Lastly, due to the extraordinary low-altitude style of the IL-2 line of planes, equipping a camouflage that matches the map actually helps in the Realistic/Simulator modes, as you need to get close to enemy planes before they become "spotted". Equipping a white camo on a winter map, then flying very low as the IL-2 is made to do, can help keep players from spotting you. Remember that player-made skins are not seen by other players, so you have to choose between the ingame skins.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs RO-82
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm Der-21
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons RO-132

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Heavily armed with large ammo pool
  • Armoured & tough
  • Surprisingly manoeuvrable with flaps and WEP
  • Diverse payload options - allows for varied playstyles

Cons:

  • Slow
  • No rear gunner
  • Somewhat a big target
  • Priority target for the enemy team in "Ground Strike" maps
  • ShVAK cannons lack the AP penetration of later YVA-23 (cannot harm Medium Tanks)
  • Limited view from cockpit due to armour plates
  • Large drop in performance compared to Yak-2

History

The famous IL-2 Sturmovik was a Soviet WWII-era attack aircraft created by the Ilyushin Design Bureau and nicknamed Hunchback by Red Army troops due to the distinct fuselage shape. While the designers nicknamed their aircraft the Flying Tank, Luftwaffe pilots, due to the IL-2's incredible ability to withstand battle damage, instead called it the Betonflugzeug (Concrete Plane). German ground troops, conversely, despised and feared the IL-2, giving it a slew of unpleasant nicknames, such as Schlachter (Butcher); Fleischwolf (Meatgrinder); Eiserner Gustav (Iron Gustav) and Schwarzer Tod (the Black Death). Some historians believe that the Black Death was actually a successful invention of the Soviet propaganda machine that caught on with the Germans.

The IL-2 was the most mass-produced military aircraft in history. However, early in the war German air superiority coupled with the absence of rear gunners on early variants and poorly organized Soviet fighter escorts led to high rates of losses for the type. A favourite attack tactic for IL-2 pilots was a low-level attack run, first letting loose with rockets at 600-700 meters, then firing on-board armament from a distance of 400 to 600 meters. Bombs would be dropped in subsequent passes from an altitude of 100-200 meters, using an impact fuse. The recommended tactic for attacking concentrations of soft targets was a strafing run in a shallow dive from 100-200 meters and a subsequent dropping of bombs at a low level when exiting the dive.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

External links


USSR attackers
Su  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · 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-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Yak  Yak-2 KABB
  Tandem MAI