IL-8 (1944)

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IL-8 (1944)
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IL-8 (1944)
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The IL-8 (1944) is a premium gift rank III Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Air Superiority" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season XIV, "Airborne General".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 600 m471 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude7 000 m
EngineMikulin AM-42
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight7 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 446 432 7000 22.1 23.3 6.8 6.7 600
Upgraded 502 473 19.9 20.9 12.9 9.7


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 + -
620 320 448 419 270 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
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Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear320 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB926 Sl icon.png
SB1 986 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts115 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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95 octane fuel usage
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Offensive armament

The IL-8 (1944) 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

This aircraft is really useful in Ground RB due to its impressive bomb load. Use the 6x 100 kg bombs for the purpose of quickly obliterating most medium and light tanks at its BR. The 2 x 500 kg and the 2 x 500 kg Armor Piercing bombs to destroy the heavy tanks and the the tank destroyers at its BR. However, be careful due to the face that unlike other strike aircraft, the lack of air brakes hinder the aircraft a lot, so be cautious of dive bombing tanks.

Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 6 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (300 kg total)
  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M-43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 220 kg BRAB-220 (1930) bombs (440 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-44 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg BRAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The IL-8 (1944) is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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


  • Great at CAS, can help teammate greatly by bombing enemy-held points.
  • Quite easy to spawn to Ground RB, only needs to destroy about one tank to spawn.
  • Very effective payload of bombs
  • 23 mm cannons can generally penetrate most ground targets.


  • Only has one machine gun for defense
  • Lack of dive brakes makes it harder to dive on targets.
  • Rather low top speed for its BR



At the height of WWII, Ilyushin’s design team was tasked with improving the IL-2 attack aircraft by creating two new versions. The first with improved performance characteristics and a reduced payload, and the second with enhanced armor and increasing the payload to 1000 kg. The engine for both versions was to be the new AM-42, and in addition to this numerous improvements to flight and operational characteristics were implemented. The test program for the first prototype of an attack aircraft with enhanced armor, designated the IL-8 AM-42, ended in March 1944. Despite successful test results, this aircraft did not go into production.



See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

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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