|This page is about the Soviet bomber Tu-2S-44. For other versions, see Tu-2 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Tu-2S-44 is a rank IV Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 7,300 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 360||< 360||< 440||> 302|
Survivability and armour
- 15 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
- 15 mm Steel - Between pilot and front dorsal gunner
- 6 mm Steel - On the front dorsal gunner's left hand side
- 15 mm Steel - In front of the front dorsal gunner
- 8 mm Steel - In front of the front dorsal gunner
- 12 mm Steel - In front of the rear dorsal gunner
- 15 mm Steel - In front of the rear dorsal gunner
- 8 mm Steel - Below the ventral gunner
- 12 mm Steel - In the tail
- Self-sealing fuel tanks (5 in each wing, 2 in the fuselage)
Modifications and economy
The Tu-2S-44 is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
The Tu-2S-44 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
|100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs||9|
|250 kg FAB-250M-44 bombs||1||2, 4||1|
|250 kg BRAB-250 bombs||1||2, 4||1|
|500 kg FAB-500M-44 bombs||1||1||1|
|500 kg BRAB-500 bombs||1||1||1|
|1,000 kg FAB-1000M-44 bombs||1||1||1|
|1,000 kg BRAB-1000 bombs||1||1||1|
|Default weapon presets|
The Tu-2S-44 is defended by:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, front dorsal turret (190 rpg)
- 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, rear dorsal turret (250 rpg)
- 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, rear ventral turret (350 rpg)
Usage in battles
Once spawned (~3,500 m), locate what ground targets to engage. It is suggested to engage the targets farthest from the enemy's airfield in order to avoid detection. Attack pillboxes (light or heavy, it doesn't matter with 500 kg bombs) as these don't move. Only engage the AI tanks if there are no pillboxes, and if engaging the tanks, judge the speed of the tank column, and release the bombs, making sure to lead where the tanks will be as the bombs fall, not where they are in that moment.
When bombing anything, note that the center of the reticle should be aimed below the target by about a centimetre (looking at the screen). This will allow the bombs maximum precision. Remember to open the bomb bay doors before attempting to drop the bombs. Once the payload has dropped, begin attacking artillery and AAA guns with the 20 mm cannons. Fire in short bursts to conserve ammo, as the more of these light targets are destroyed, the better. Never attack light pillboxes with the frontal cannons! The ammo spent attempting to destroy these (~200 rounds) isn't worth it! Always attack lighter targets, or if the situation presents itself, enemy aircraft. Once the bombs and cannon ammo are exhausted, then high-tail it back to the airfield. Fully upgraded, the Tu-2S can maintain ~450 km/h on the deck, no problem. Be careful upon landing, as the plane tends to stall at ~175 km/h. Rearm, and repeat!
Specific enemies worth noting
- Spitfire F Mk 24, Fw 190 D-13, F8F-1B, etc. - Late War piston-fighters are constant opponents at the battle rating, so they should never be ignored. If possible, run back to base and don't commit to a head-on with props, as they have a little more time to aim their shots and steady their plane. Rely mostly on the defensive turrets if needed.
- Kugelblitz, Crusader AA Mk II, etc. - Player-controlled SPAAs are the bane of bombers (especially medium-sized ones such as the Tu-2S-44). When the tracers fly, don't risk a dive. Circle around or find some unsuspecting flanker that is outside the cover of these AAA guns.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Pros and cons
- Fast, for a medium bomber
- High wing rip speed (over 700 km/h)
- Air spawn in RB.
- Very easy to land and take-off
- Decent payload, 500 kg bombs are very useful in tank RB
- Forward-firing ShVAK cannons, can be useful in a head-on engagement
- Twin tail design leaves little restriction on back gunners
- Decently agile for its size
- Guaranteed to put out fires on fuel tanks due to pressurized gas system
- Very efficient in taking out individual ground targets
- Individual bomb drops, very effective in tank battles
- Engines can cool down even with a 100% throttle
- Can pretty much WEP indefinitely
- Great all-round visibility for a bomber/attacker, even has a downward window in the nose, allowing you to scan target area
- Matchmaking pits the Tu-2S against jets and late/post war props
- Only two bombs when stock
- Can extinguish fires but sometimes it will just burn out before the fuel tanks seal in time
- Relatively small defensive armament
- Only one pilot and is not protected by armour from the front
- High stall speed (175 km/h, more of a pain when taking off/landing)
- Although it is fast, everything else is faster
- Performance starts to degrade with altitude
- Low amount of cannon ammo (150 rounds per gun)
- While gunsight is well above the cockpit, it is still obstructed by the sight itself, limiting downward visibility in a lead
Tupolev Tu-2S Front Line Bomber with M-82FN engines, main post-war series (NATO reporting name: Bat).
After World War II combat operations had ceased, production of the Tu-2S continued. During peace time, the military could afford to demand that those defects which they had had to put up with during the war be eliminated. The in-flight view of the pilot and the navigator was still considered unsatisfactory. Although the plane's fire power was considerable, the bomber's defense capability was reduced due to the small angle of fire for its turrets. The bomb release system was unreliable. These and other defects were progressively eliminated on the post-war Tu-2S from one production series to another.
Beginning with series 41, a new lower hatch, opening outward, was installed for the radio operator/gunner, and in series 42, the amount of protective armour on the back of the pilot's chair and on the hatches over the cannons in the wings was increased. A second landing headlight was added to all production planes. Beginning with series 44, the gunner's in-flight view was improved when three small round blisters on each side were replaced with one large one. Removal of the wooden structural parts from the airframe began; specifically, the tail cone was once again constructed of metal. The designers widened the pilot and the navigator's cockpit canopy and equipped it with convex side blisters. Extendable footrests were added, facilitating access to the pilot's and navigator's stations.
One important novelty was the replacement of the defensive weapons with models featuring an increased sighting angle. The BUSh-1 blister mount was replaced with the VUS-1, the LU-UBT hatch mount with the LU-68, and the VUB-2M upper defensive turret with the VUB-68.
Series 51 featured new main landing gear wheels with an increased carrying capacity but a smaller size. At the same time, a new tail wheel with a reinforced fork was implemented. The bay of the new tail skid had to be expanded so that the modified wheel could be retracted into the fuselage. A grooved strip was laid along the starboard wing of the plane so that the crew's footing would not slip on the wing's smooth metal surface. In addition, a new RSI-6 command radio set was installed in the pilot's cockpit.
Beginning in series 52, the designers abandoned the wooden wing tips, the last leftover from the wartime economy. Now every Tu-2S was produced with a completely metal airframe. More sophisticated equipment called for increased power from the aircraft's electrical system, so two more powerful GSK-1500 generators were installed.
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:
- topic on the official game forum;
- other literature.
|Tupolev Design Bureau (Ту́полев Опытное конструкторское бюро)|
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