|This page is about the Chinese bomber Tu-2S-44 (China). 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 Chinese bomber with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".
|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 (China) is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
The Tu-2's powerful offensive armament of two 20 mm ShVAK cannons sets it apart from other bombers , most of which lack any offensive armament at all. Although not having amazing penetration the cannons are still useful against AI ground target in air battles, and some of the more lightly armoured vehicles in ground battles. The cannons also allow you to use your air spawn to engage enemy bombers, and can even be used again enemy fighters at opportune moments. The cannons mounting at the base of the wings means that convergence is not too bad of a problem, and the amount of ammo is fairly decent as well.
The Tu-2S-44 (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:
- Without load
- 9 x 100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs (900 kg total)
- 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M-44 bombs (1,000 kg total)
- 6 x 250 kg FAB-250M-44 bombs (1,500 kg total)
- 1 x 500 kg FAB-500M-44 bomb (500 kg total)
- 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-44 bombs (1,000 kg total)
- 3 x 500 kg FAB-500M-44 bombs (1,500 kg total)
- 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000M-44 bomb (1,000 kg total)
- 2 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000M-44 bombs (2,000 kg total)
- 3 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000M-44 bombs (3,000 kg total)
Custom loadout options
|100 kg FAB-100M-43 bombs||9|
|250 kg FAB-250M-44 bombs||1||2, 4||1|
|500 kg FAB-500M-44 bombs||1||1||1|
|1,000 kg FAB-1000M-44 bombs||1||1||1|
The ␗Tu-2S-44 has the same bombload options as its counterpart in the Soviet tech tree, the Tu-2S-44. At 2,000 kg the maximum bomb load is fairly good for a light bomber, but nothing special compared to most bombers around this BR. If you are trying to kill ground targets then the 4 x 500 kg bombs loadout gives the best balance of lethality and number of bombs. Bombs can be dropped individually, making the load very effective.
The Tu-2S-44 (China) 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)
The defensive armament of the Tu-2S-44 is among the worst it this battle rating, consisting only of three 12.7 mm machine guns. In addition the front dorsal turret and ventral turret have fairly narrow firing arcs; and none of the guns have a particularly impressive ammo pool. They can be useful in some situations, but you should generally not rely on the defensive guns for your survival.
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
Late War Props (Spitfire F Mk 24, Fw 190 D-13, F8F-1B, etc.):
These 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.
Player-Controlled Flak (Kugelblitz, Crusader AA Mk II, etc.):
These 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
The Tupolev Tu-2 has already proved its capability against German forces and contributed a lot for the Eastern Front; while the WWII has ended, Tu-2 waited for another chance to shine, this time on the hands of PLAAF who were in need for a frontline bomber to handle Nationalist forces on coastal islands.
The PLAAF got their hands on 29 Tu-2 in 1950, they were first seen during the battle of Taehwa-do Island (大和島/대화도) off-coast of northeastern Yellow Sea; this island, with just around 5 km² in size was in fact a forward intelligence base for the United Nation forces with radars and 1,200 personnels on it. It was planned that PVAF would assault the island, supporting the landing forces in November; earlier in the month, Tu-2s bombed the island with 95% accuracy over the targets; but on the 30th November, due to the lack of escorting jet fighters, these 9 Tu-2 were only accompanied by 16 La-11 and they have to face 30 F-86 Sabres from USAF, this caused the distraction of bombers and 4 Tu-2 were loss during the battle.
While they saw some losses during the Korean War, in January 1955, Tu-2 along with IL-10, were saw during the very first tri-service landing operation of PLA- the battle of Yijiangshan Island (一江山岛) off the coast of Zhejiang, forcing the Nationalist forces to retreat from Dachen Island (大陈岛) and marking the total loss of Zhejiang, leaving only Matsu and Kinmen of Fujian the remaining Nationalist-controlled area off-coast of Mainland China. Tu-2 were then saw in riot-suppression operations at southwestern China on the Tibetan Plateau, soon PLAAF realized that Tu-2 was not enough to handle the CIA-supplied rebels with M2HBs via air-drop and eventually have to deploy Tu-4 as a gunship, replacing Tu-2 for supporting the PLAGF with those 10 x 23 mm autocannons on-board.
These Tu-2 were eventually decommissioned in 1982 and marked the end of propeller-driven frontline bombers in PLAAF service.
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.
|Tupolev Design Bureau (Ту́полев Опытное конструкторское бюро)|
|Bombers||TB-3M-17-32 · SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105|
|Tu-2S · Tu-2 · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4|
|Export||␗SB 2M-103U · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4|
|* While Andrei Tupolev was imprisoned, Alexander Arkhangelsky, second in command at Tupolev OKB was able to append his name to the final production series of the SB bomber.|
|American||Martin 139WC*(␗B-10B) · ␗A-29 · ␗B-25J-30 · ␗PB4Y-2|
|German||␗Hs 123 A-1|
|Soviet||␗SB 2M-103U · ␗DB-3A · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4|
|Japanese||␗P1Y1 mod. 11|