IL-2 M-82

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IL-2 M-82
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Description

The IL-2 M-82 is a premium gift rank II Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Starfighters" as a reward for World War Mode Season 3: Road to the West. This unique IL-2 variant is fitted with a Shvetsov M-82 engine rather than the standard Mikulin AM-38, and also benefits from having a rear gunner. Its poor flight performance and low top speed make it lacklustre in an air-to-air role, but its effective weapons and great secondary payload options make it a highly effective ground attacker in both air and mixed battles.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 500 m396 km/h
Turn time23 s
Max altitude6 500 m
EngineShvetsov M-82IR
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight6 t

The IL-2 M-82 has characteristics relatively in-line with those found on other variants of the IL-2 family. It has a very slow top speed, meaning that almost every fighter at its BR can catch up to it. It also has a slow climb rate, especially in RB. On the plus side, the Sturmovik actually has a very good turn rate and can even out-turn some fighters when flown correctly. However, this should not be used excessively as the aircraft has horrible energy retention and will lose speed ferociously in extended turns.

The Shvetsov M-82IR engine found on this IL-2 variant produces almost 2,000 hp at takeoff, much more than its original AM-38 powerplant. This gives the IL-2 M-82 a slight performance advantage over other IL-2 variants at low altitudes, where its engine performs the best. However, this engine will quickly suffocate at high altitudes as it was not designed for high-altitude performance.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 382 374 6500 24.0 25.1 4.2 4.2 400
Upgraded 414 397 21.9 22.9 10.3 7.1

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
620 320 N/A N/A 270 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 320 < 370 > 341

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural620 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 4 mm steel around fuel tank and oil cooling system
  • 6 mm steel behind engine
  • 6 mm steel underneath bottom oil cooling system
  • 6 mm steel beside fuel tank
  • 6 mm steel beside and on top of pilot
  • 8 mm steel in front of and below gunner
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass in front of pilot
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass between pilot and gunner
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks, with neutral gas pressurization system (1 underneath pilot and 1 in front of pilot)

(Note: the gunner is rear-facing)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB3 300 Sl icon.png
RB5 800 Sl icon.png
SB8 000 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts160 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 190 / 240 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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95 octane fuel usage
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Engine injection
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Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
ub_turret_belt_pack
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Mods ammo.png
shvak_belt_pack
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ub_turret_new_gun
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RO-82
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Der-21
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RO-132

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm ShVAK cannon
Ammunition420 rounds
Fire rate800 shots/min
Ammunition1 500 rounds
Fire rate1 800 shots/min

The IL-2 M-82 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

Number of setups22
List of setups
Setup 112 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
Setup 24 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 34 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 42 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 58 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 68 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 78 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 88 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 912 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 1012 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 114 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 124 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 1312 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 1412 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 154 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 164 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 174 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 184 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 194 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 204 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 214 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
8 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 224 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-132 rockets
Main articles: RS-82, RBS-82, RS-132, RBS-132

The IL-2 M-82 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-50sv bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv 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-50sv bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv 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-50sv bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 8 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs + 8 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun
Ammunition280 rounds
Fire rate1027 shots/min
Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The IL-2 M-82 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (280 rpg)

Usage in battles

The IL-2 M-82's effective frontal armament and excellent loadout options make it an excellent ground attacker in both Air and Mixed battles. Its lacking flight characteristics and slow top speed make it unsuitable for air-to-air engagements, as it will be quickly shredded by enemy fighters.

The IL-2 M-82 differs from earlier IL-2 variants by having the Shvetsov M-82 engine in place of the standard Mikulin AM-38 engine. This new engine provides greater power, giving the IL-2 a slight performance boost, but lacks armour protection, unlike the other IL-2 variants. As a result, greater care must be taken to avoid soaking up too much ground fire, as any stray flak could easily damage the aircraft's engine or set it on fire.

However, this aircraft also benefits from having a rear gunner, equipped with a 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun. This weapon is highly effective and can easily set enemy aircraft on fire with several bursts. However, it lacks the punching power of heavier cannons, meaning that more hits will be necessary to deal the same damage.

Usage in Air Arcade Battles:

In Air AB, the IL-2 M-82 can be very well utilised as a ground attacker. Its RS-82 rockets are well-suited for destroying soft targets while the larger RS/RBS-132 rockets and bombs (100+ kg) can be used against harder targets like pillboxes and tanks. In particular, the 2 x 250 kg FAB-250 loadout is very effective against hard targets, and will often destroy medium/heavy tanks or light pillboxes with even a near miss - a direct hit guarantees a kill. This aircraft also benefits from an excellent initial turn rate in AB, giving it some air-to-air capability. However, its poor energy retention prevents it from performing well in a dogfight, so it is recommended to only engage enemies that are already distracted or dogfighting. As well, the IL-2 M-82 inherits the strong fuselage of prior IL-2 variants, meaning that it is quite capable of soaking up enemy fire. However, the wings, tail, control surfaces and engine are all rather vulnerable, so it is not recommended to engage too many bogies at once.

Usage in Air Realistic and Mixed Battles:

In Air RB, the IL-2 struggles with its manoeuvrability. As a result, it will fare much worse in any air-to-air situation. If being pursued by enemy fighters, perform evasive manoeuvres and bait them onto the aircraft's six, where the tail gunner will be able to fight back. As well, never engage fighters with a higher energy level, as they will be able to force the IL-2 into a energy/turn fight where the plane's speed will bleed rapidly.

The IL-2 does very well in air RB as it can use its payload options to its full potential. Diving attacks are ideal for engaging harder targets as it makes it easier to aim bombs and rockets - however, be aware of airspeed, as the IL-2's control surfaces tend to lock up at speeds above 550 km/h.

In mixed battles, the IL-2 M-82 can be used effectively as a CAS aircraft with its large payload options. The RS and RBS 132 rockets are effective against armoured targets, though it is worth noting that the RBS-132 rockets have no explosive splash, meaning that only direct hits will do damage. The smaller RS-82 and RBS-82 rockets can also be effective, though they have far less punching power. The 20 mm ShVAK cannons can be used against soft targets, but are inadequate against harder targets due to their low max penetration of 26mm when using Armoured vehicles Belts. A great strategy for mixed is to dive on an enemy tank, fire rockets/bombs/guns at a high angle, then pull out and disengage, followed by a second bombing run.

Countertactics:

In Air RB, a team of IL-2s can easily win a game if left alone, so ensure to destroy them quickly. An effective option for dealing with the IL-2 is to dive on them while they are engaging ground targets - a 600 km/h dive at a 20-30 degree angle allows for plenty of time on target without giving the tail gunner much time to engage. As well, the IL-2's tail gunner has very limited lateral (left-right) range, so engaging the aircraft from the side will also be effective.

The Il-2 has a sturdy airframe, meaning that it can tank hits very well. This means that any machine guns will take a while to destroy it. However, the aircraft's wings and tail are quite flimsy, and kills can often be achieved by destroying the aircraft's tail control.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Expansive payload options including rockets and bombs up to 250 kg
  • Adequate frontal armament, 2 x 20 mm ShVAKs with big ammo reserves (210 rpg) as well as a pair of machine guns
  • Heavily armoured cabin with 4-8 mm of steel, allowing it to soak up light AA fire with ease
  • Has a tail gunner, unlike previous Il-2 variants
  • Premium benefits, helps speed up research

Cons:

  • Poor top speed of just 400 km/h in level flight
  • Bad climb rate and overall flight characteristics
  • No capability to carry large ordnance (i.e. bombs 500kg+), unlike its German counterpart, the Ju-87 Stuka
  • Engine is unarmoured and prone to taking damage in extended engagements.

History

In early July of 1941, due to the rapid advance of German troops into central Russia, there was a threat of a reduction in the supply of IL-2 AM-38 aircraft engines. Anticipating possible issues, Sergey Ilyushin suggested adapting the Sturmovik engine to the more common M-82 engine to the Soviet military aviation authorities. In a very short time, the aircraft engineers in the Ilyushin design bureau built a prototype attacker aircraft for testing with the new engine. The prototype also featured a much anticipated defensive turret with a position for an air gunner, the need for which became evident after the first IL-2 sorties in WWII. Unlike the production version, the IL-2 with the M-82 engine did not have engine compartment protection - the armored capsule was shortened and ended with an armored plate between the pilot and the engine. The new engine also required the installation of an updated propeller. The gunner's seat was positioned to the rear of the cockpit, where a blister turret with a 12.7mm UBT machine gun with armored glass was located. Tests of the new version of the attack aircraft demonstrated that such a design does not have critical problems despite its inferior speed to the regular IL-2. By the spring of 1942, a prototype with the M-82IR engine appeared, which was better suited for low altitudes, from which the attack aircraft was operating most of the time. Flight characteristics have been improved, but by that time the production of native AM-38 engines was normal and there was no need to modify the IL-2 with M-82 engines any more.

- From Devblog

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External links


Ilyushin Design Bureau (Илью́шин Опытное конструкторское бюро)
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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.

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