Su-6 (AM-42)

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Su-6 (AM-42)
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Su-6 (AM-42)
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Description

The Su-6 was a project by Sukhoi with the objective of creating an attack aircraft capable of surpassing the Il-2. The Su-6 AM-42 was the name given to its last version. Compared to previous prototypes, it featured the same rear gunner as the third prototype, Su-6 (M-71F), but now with a liquid-cooled inline engine instead of a radial engine, the Mikulin AM-42. While this engine was less powerful than the M-71F, it proved to be more reliable. The Su-6 AM-42 was tested against the Il-10 in 1944, but the tests favoured the design from Ilyushin and the Su-6 never went into serial production.

It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.". The Su-6 is a ground attack aircraft made with a bit of the IL-2 mindset, but with some improvements regarding manoeuvrability and speed, while lacking protection. Despite the improvements, it is still not recommended to go for enemy planes as, unless it is a head-on, you will lose energy quickly and perish. The gunner can help deal with some opponents that stick to your tail, but with only 24° of horizontal guidance, it won't be able to help in most cases. The armour is good at the back, but it won't stop much more than a 12.7 mm bullet. Everything is compensated by the wide array of payload options, even allowing you to change the 37 mm NS-37 cannons for weaker but higher capacity and easier to aim 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, which can still take out pillboxes and light tanks.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 000 m501 km/h
Turn time25 s
Max altitude6 000 m
EngineMikulin AM-42
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight6 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 478 459 6000 25.8 26.7 8.6 8.2 800
Upgraded 531 501 23.9 25.0 15.2 11.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
680 330 458 431 290 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 380 < 395 > 323

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear330 km/h
  • 4 mm steel surrounding the engine
  • 4 mm steel on both sides of gunner
  • 6 mm steel behind propeller spinner
  • 4 mm steel behind wing oil cooling systems
  • 4 mm steel beneath engine, fuel tank, and gunner
  • 2 mm steel on both sides of fuel tank
  • 6 mm steel on both sides of pilot
  • 4 mm steel on both sides of gunner
  • 6 mm steel directly in front of windshield
  • 4 mm steel above windshield
  • 12 mm steel between pilot and gunner
  • 8 to 12 mm steel in front of gunner*
  • 12 mm steel in front of gunner*
  • 55 mm (55°) and 50 mm (24°) bulletproof glass in front of pilot (centre/sides)
  • 60 mm (35°) bulletproof glass in front of gunner*
  • Self-sealing fuel tank with neutral gas pressurization system underneath pilot

* (Note: the gunner is rear-facing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 742 → 2 306 Sl icon.png
RB3 167 → 4 193 Sl icon.png
SB6 011 → 7 958 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications43 800 Rp icon.png
84 900 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training45 000 Sl icon.png
Experts155 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 150 / 530 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
shkas_belt_pack
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ub_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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DZ-40
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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shkas_new_gun
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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ub_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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RO-82
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
RO-82
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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ns37_belt_pack
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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VYa-23 cannon
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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VYa-23 cannon
Research:
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Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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RO-132
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
ns37_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
vya_belt_pack
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods weapon.png
vya_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Su-6 (AM-42) is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)
  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons, wing-mounted (45 rpg = 90 total)
    • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: M-8, M-13UK, RBS-82, RBS-132

The Su-6 (AM-42) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons, wing-mounted (45 rpg = 90 total)
  • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
  • 10 x M-8 rockets
  • 10 x RBS-82 rockets
  • 10 x M-13UK rockets
  • 10 x RBS-132 rockets
  • 16 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 6 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (300 kg total)
  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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37 mm NS-37 cannons 1* 1*
23 mm VYa-23 cannons 1 1
25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs 16
50 kg FAB-50sv bombs 1 4 1
100 kg FAB-100sv bombs 1* 4 1*
250 kg FAB-250sv bombs 1* 1*
M-8 rockets 5 5
M-13UK rockets 5 5
RBS-82 rockets 5 5
RBS-132 rockets 5 5
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 670 kg
Maximum permissible wing load: 335 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 280 kg
*Please note that: when equipping 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons on hardpoints 3/5, it is not possible to carry 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs and 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs on hardpoints 2/6, respectively.

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The Su-6 (AM-42) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (196 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Su-6, like the previous Ilyushin attackers, is a tough aircraft that excels at taking out enemy ground targets. The Su-6 comes equipped with two 37 mm cannons as standard armament, which can be swapped out for 23 mm cannons. With the 37 mm cannons, the aircraft can take out most ground targets with ease: even heavy tanks don't stand a chance with well-aimed shots to the sides or rear. As they rapidly lose accuracy in full-auto fire, controlled semi-auto fire is required to make the most out of the 37 mm cannons. It may be easier to take out most ground targets with the 23 mm cannons (given they're far more accurate than the 37 mm cannons in full-auto). With either choice of cannon armament, the Su-6 can even be a lethal foe for enemy attackers who aren't too careful, though the 23 mm cannons are better suited to anti-air attacks compared to the 37 mm. Apart from the higher BR and different cannon options compared to previous Soviet attackers, the Su-6 plays much like the Il-2s that precede it.

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 Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Well armoured
  • Powerful, multi-purpose cannons to attack ground and air targets
  • Good short term manoeuvrability at moderate speeds
  • Gunner & pilot are very well protected
  • Good payload options, including 10 x RS/RBS-132 rockets

Cons:

  • Rear gunner has restrictive firing angles
  • Defensive armament doesn't keep up with the offensive armament of opposing aircraft
  • Bad sustained turn rate
  • Bad climb-rate compared to fighters
  • Uncontrollable at high speeds and bad redline speeds
  • Engine overheats easily

History

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Media

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See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

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

External links


Sukhoi Design Bureau (Сухого Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Jet fighters  Su-9 · Su-11
Su-27  Su-27
Strike aircraft 
Su-2  BB-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1
Su-6  Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
Su-7  Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK
Su-8  Su-8
Su-17  Su-17M2 · Su-17M4 · Su-22M3
Su-25  Su-25 · Su-25BM · Su-25K · Su-25T · Su-25SM3 · Su-39
Export  ◊Su-22UM3K · ◔Su-22M3 · ◊Su-22M4
  J-11*
  *CKD and SKD kits assembled by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation

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
TIS MA  TIS MA
Tu-1  Tu-1
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB