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This page is about the Soviet bomber Tu-2S-59. For other versions, see Tu-2 (Family).
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The Tu-2S-59 is a rank IV Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.

The Tu-2S-59 is an extremely versatile ground attacker, with a moderate payload better suited for destroying ground targets than bases. Although the tactics are different for arcade battles, in Realistic, the plane should be flown quite aggressively. It is recommended to equip the 4 x 500 kg bombs (or just two if the modules haven't been acquired yet) in order to destroy as many armoured foes as possible. Additionally, use a two-second bomb delay to allow ample time to escape the blast radius.

The defining feature of the Tu-2S-59 is its single defensive 20 mm cannon in place of the 12.7 mm machine gun found on the two older models. Other than that, there isn't much difference between this and the older Tu-2S and Tu-2S-44. See above for battle tactics.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 7 300 m547 km/h
Turn time30 s
Max altitude9 500 m
Engine2 х Shvetsov M-82FN
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 7,300 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 522 503 9500 32.0 32.8 4.5 4.5 326
Upgraded 575 547 29.8 30.8 13.0 8.1


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 + -
900 390 437 380 310 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 360 < 440 > 302

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear390 km/h
  • 15 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 6 mm Steel plate to the left of cockpit dorsal gunner.
  • 8, 15 mm Steel plates in front of the cockpit dorsal gunner.
  • 12, 15 mm Steel plates in front of the rear dorsal gunner.
  • 8 mm Steel plate under the ventral gunner.
  • 12 mm Steel plate in front of the ventral gunner.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 106 → 4 009 Sl icon.png
RB8 881 → 11 465 Sl icon.png
SB17 289 → 22 320 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications61 500 Rp icon.png
102 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training61 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 220 / 570 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
4 100 Rp icon.png
6 800 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
4 100 Rp icon.png
6 800 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
3 800 Rp icon.png
6 300 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
3 800 Rp icon.png
6 300 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
5 000 Rp icon.png
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
5 000 Rp icon.png
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
4 100 Rp icon.png
6 800 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
5 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
3 800 Rp icon.png
6 300 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
3 800 Rp icon.png
6 300 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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5 000 Rp icon.png
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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5 000 Rp icon.png
8 300 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The Tu-2S-59 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)

Suspended armament

The Tu-2S-59 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

1 2 3
Hardpoints Tu-2.png
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

Defensive armament

The Tu-2S-59 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm B-20E cannon, rear dorsal turret (120 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, front dorsal turret (190 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, rear ventral turret (350 rpg)

Usage in battles

Once spawned (~3,500 m), locate 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. When releasing the two bombs from the bomb bay, hold the flight pattern for about 1/2 a second longer than normal to compensate for the opening of the bomb bay doors. 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/is exhausted, then high-tail it back to the airfield. Fully upgraded, the Tu-2S-59 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

The Tu-2S-59 has a battle rating of 5.7. Should the Tu-2S-59 be engaged, here are some suggestions per plane.

Do not engage a fighter on purpose, the following is only for defensive and survival reference.

Horten 229 - This plane is agile, fast, and dangerous, possessing a pair of Mk 103 cannons. When engaged with one of these planes, force a head-on pass if he is either below or on equal altitude as the Tu-2S-59. Once the pass has concluded, and if neither of the two are down, push the throttle to WEP and run. When the 229 turns to pursue, it will catch up. Use the defensive turrets at this point, as these are the Tu-2S-59's only hope for making it out alive. Aim for the pilot.

Me 262 A-1 and A-1/U4 Pulkzerstorer - These planes are a tough opponent. They are fast and possess better armour than the 229, so the turrets are not going to be as effective in destroying these enemies. Again, if the enemy is below or on equal altitude as the Tu-2S-59, force a head on pass and run after it ends (if able). Use the turrets, but know that these planes are designed to be bomber-hunters, and are ruthlessly efficient in their task.

F-80A, F-80C & F-84B-26 - Although most matches with the Tu-2S-59 will be on the Berlin map, mixed battles and alternate history is always a possibility. For these planes, use the same tactics. Force a head on, and then run after. Use the turrets to attack them while withdrawing.

Late War Props (Spitfire 24, Fw 190 D-13, F8F-1B, etc.) - These 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, etc.)
These are the bane of bombers (especially medium-sized ones such as the Tu-2S-59). 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.


If confronted with an enemy Tu-2S-59, initiate a head on pass but then pitch up and stall their plane out. Additionally, maintain a safe altitude and utilize Boom & Zoom tactics, but it is worth noting that the Tu-2 is able to turn adequately.

Manual Engine Control

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

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
  • Forward-firing ShVAK cannons, can be useful in a head-on engagement
  • Not as vulnerable as other 4-engine bombers
  • Twin tail design leaves little restriction on back gunners
  • Decently agile for its size
  • Can often put out fires in fuel tanks due to pressurized gas system
  • Individual bomb drops, very effective in tank battles
  • Engines can cool down even with a 100% throttle
  • Can pretty much WEP indefinitely
  • Just need to research one modification for all payload options
  • Has a lot of unlockable camouflages


  • Only two bombs when stock
  • Relatively small defensive armament
  • Only one pilot and is not protected by armour from the front
  • High-ish 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)
  • Camouflages need to be unlocked by bombing bases at which it is not that effective compared to other nation's bombers


Archive of the in-game description

Tupolev Tu-2S Front Line Bomber with M-82FN engines, later production and export series (NATO reporting name: Bat).

The last stage of the Tu-2S's full-scale production began in 1949. The bomber's defensive armament was upgraded yet again. Production planes continued to be manufactured with machine guns in manual turrets, which by the late 40s seemed an obvious anachronism.

In August 1948, a VEU-1 electric turret with a 20 mm Berezin B-20 cannon was tested on series 55 aircraft, and from the spring of 1949 on it was used in mass production. The VEU-1 replaced the VUB-68 upper defensive turret.

More powerful GSN-300 electric generators also began to be installed. In addition, a new fire suppression kit, an RSB-5 radio set and strong LFSV-45 retractable lights were added. Beginning with series 59, a Goodrich de-icing system was installed on the front edges of the wings, horizontal stabilizer, and fins.

The upgraded equipment increased the aircraft's weight. Consequently, its speed and service ceiling decreased.

In the spring of 1950, production of the Tu-2 was finally discontinued. The last series of planes were intended mainly for export, as the Soviet Air Force was switching to the Ilyushin Il-28 jet bomber. A total of 1,211 Tu-2s (including all variants) were produced during the post-war period of 1946 to 1950. Afterward, some previously built planes were updated. From 1948 on, TON-2 rear attack warning radars were mounted on some of the aircraft. The ASh-82FN engines were replaced on a mass scale with later series engines with improved reduction gear; radio altimeters and new radio sets were installed, as well.

During the post-war period, as the industry supplied the Tu-2s, practically all units of the USSR Air Force were rearmed, replacing their Pe-2s and any lend-lease bombers.

After the war, the Tu-2s were accepted for service with the Air Forces of Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, China, and North Korea. The Tu-2s of the Chinese Air Force took an active part in the Korean War of 1950-53.

The Tu-2 aircraft were withdrawn from service with the USSR Air Force by the mid-50s. Virtually none of them were serving by 1954. It was in the flight schools that the Tu-2s continued to fly: some Tu-2s were still active in training units as late as the early 60s.



See also

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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-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Arkhangelsky Bomber  Ar-2*
Strike Aircraft  Tu-1
Jet Bomber  Tu-14T
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.

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 · Po-2M · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂A-20G-30 · ▂B-25J-30