IL-4

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
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IL-4
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Description

The IL-4 is a rank II Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 250 m406 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude9 400 m
Engine2 х Tumansky M-88
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight15 t

The IL-4, being a development of the previous DB-3B, has similar flight characteristics as its predecessor. The aircraft has decidedly mediocre manoeuvrability and overall flight performance, which is to be expected considering its bomber role. The aircraft has a low top speed of ~400 km/h at higher altitudes, and absolutely horrible acceleration to go with it. The aircraft's climb rate is also mediocre, and will suffer greatly when carrying larger loads. On the plus side, the aircraft's engines don't have major overheating issues, and can use WEP power continuously for long periods of time.

The aircraft's manoeuvrability on a whole is rather undesirable. The control surfaces are sluggish, which is to be expected due to the aircraft's role. As well, note that the aircraft's control surfaces experience severe lock-up at high speeds - above ~500 km/h (a speed you will only ever obtain in dives), the elevator loses most of its deflection ability which could prevent you from pulling out of a dive. One plus is that the aircraft's wings break at a relatively high speed of 600 km/h IAS - this is a speed you'll never obtain unless you're in a steep dive, and in that case your elevator lock-up will prevent you from getting out of it anyways.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,250 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 389 375 9400 35.0 35.9 7.0 7.0 326
Upgraded 428 409 33.0 33.8 12.7 9.7

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 + -
600 320 N/A N/A 280 ~6 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 280 < 240 < 300 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,100 hp 1,274 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,000 m 1,000 hp 1,158 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural600 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 6mm steel behind pilot
  • 6mm Steel plate in the tail
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks, with neutral gas pressurization system (3 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 410 → 2 146 Sl icon.png
RB2 800 → 4 261 Sl icon.png
SB2 700 → 4 109 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 390 Rp icon.png
23 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 270 / 220 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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95 octane fuel usage
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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shkas_turret_belt_pack
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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shkas_turret_new_gun
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Der-19
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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ub_turret_belt_pack
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Der-20
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods turret gun.png
ub_turret_new_gun
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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T-18
Research:
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Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups8
List of setups
Setup 110 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 210 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 32 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 410 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 52 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
Setup 61 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb
Setup 72 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
1 x 1000 kg FAB-1000 (welded) bomb
Setup 81 x 450 mm 45-36AN torpedo
Main article: 45-36AN (450 mm)

The IL-4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (500 kg total)
  • 10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs + 10 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 450 mm 45-36AN torpedo

Defensive armament

Turret12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun
Ammunition230 rounds
Fire rate1027 shots/min
Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min
Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min

The IL-4 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (230 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

The IL-4 should be played similarly to its predecessor, the DB-3B. The aircraft's main advantage is its large collection of suspended armaments, meaning that it can be used quite effectively in multiple roles. In Air Battles, the IL-4 should be used as a fast bomber, delivering its payload to bases then retreating to avoid interception. The aircraft could also be used, in a niche role, as a torpedo bomber - as one of the few Soviet aircraft capable of carrying torpedoes, the IL-4 can easily destroy naval vessels in both Air and Naval battles.

The IL-4 can be used as an effective bomber in Air battles. In this role, the most effective load is the 1000kg + 2 x 500kg bomb load. This load will allow you to take out at least one base, and potentially damage another. At the start of each battle, simply fly straight towards the enemy bases - you could side climb too, but it isn't advised as the bomb load will make the IL-4's climb rate almost completely nonexistent. After dropping bombs, immediately fly back towards friendly airspace, potentially in a slight dive. This ensures that the IL-4 won't be intercepted by pursuing fighters, most of which can tear its airframe to bits.

The IL-4 is unique in that it is the only USSR tech-tree aircraft that is capable of carrying a torpedo - that is, the Soviet 450 mm 45-36AN torpedo. However useful the load may be, the Torpedo's effectiveness is severely limited by its slow drop speed. In naval battles, this torpedo is best used against early destroyers, which are large, bulky and (for the most part) lack effective anti-aircraft armament. Make sure to slow to the torpedo drop speed of 248 km/h, lead the target and drop the torpedo. Keep in mind that the IL-4 is a large bulky target; it may be wise to drop the torpedo early, to ensure survival.

If being pursued by enemy fighters, the best strategy is to simply run towards friendly airspace. The IL-4 lacks an effective defensive armament suite, and also cannot outspeed most fighters at its BR. If an engagement cannot be avoided, bait the fighters to your tail, and slightly above; this is where the aircraft's only 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun is located. Despite being of a lower calibre, the machine gun is accurate and highly effective, capable of setting enemy aircraft's engines on fire. You may even get some pilot-snipes, with enough accuracy.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The only researchable propeller torpedo bomber in the USSR tech tree
  • Decent payload options, including bombs of up to 1000 kilograms
  • Gets a bomber airspawn allowing it to reach the battlefield faster
  • Engines are reliable and don't overheat much in RB

Cons:

  • The torpedo's drop requirements and performance is poor compared to other nations' torpedoes
  • Defensive armament is lacklustre when compared to contemporaries such as the B-34 (which actually gets twice as many guns!)
  • Lacklustre top speed and acceleration, will be outsped and outmanoeuvred by most fighter at its BR

History

In-game description

The IL-4 long-range bomber was one of the most famous Soviet bombers of WWII. With thousands of IL-4s built, the aircraft took part in all the important battles of the Eastern Front, including long-range bombing raids of Axis industrial targets. A large number of books, including both memoirs and technical publications, focus on the IL-4.

It was a twin-engine long-range bomber, a further development of the Ilyushin DB-3 bomber, with a redesigned cockpit, redesigned wings, pneumatic landing gear and a new fuselage designed for faster mass production, based on DC-3 / Li-2 production methods. The aircraft was designated IL-4 in March 1942. Combined with the DB-3, over 6,800 bombers of the DB-3/IL-4 family were built, 5,256 of them the IL-4. One of the most celebrated accomplishments for the type was a long-range bombing raid on Berlin in 1941.

Media

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

See also

Related Development
Aircraft of a similar role, configuration or era

External links


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 bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30