IL-10 (1946) (China)

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This page is about the strike aircraft IL-10 (1946) (China). For other versions, see IL-10 (Family).
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␗IL-10 (1946)
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The ␗IL-10 (1946) is a rank IV Chinese strike aircraft with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB) and 5.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

An attacker aircraft of identical make to the Soviet version, the IL-10 (1946) provides the substantial ability for ground attack with its ordnance and four 23 mm autocannons. A gunner with an autocannon armament as well at the rear also can help provide powerful deterrence to any fighters attempting to follow the IL-10 (1946).

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 650 m528 km/h
Turn time24 s
Max altitude7 600 m
EngineMikulin AM-42
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight7 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,650 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 506 483 7600 25.4 26.6 7.6 7.6 550
Upgraded 553 528 22.8 24.0 13.8 10.4


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 + -
720 450 496 467 320 ~14 ~14
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 410 < 400 > 323

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 6 mm Steel - Propeller hub plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Engine surround plating
  • 6 mm Steel - Under cockpit plate, under gunner plate, under the rear gun plate, the canopy frame plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Rear gunner plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Headrest plate between pilot/gunner
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass - Front canopy

The Il-10 (1946) is a very well-defended plane. It has armour protection all throughout the front half of the fuselage and a bulletproof glass in front of the pilot. These armour can protect against most rifle-calibre rounds and maybe even some autocannon rounds. The construction is also robust, with all the modules centred into the armoured portion of the fuselage. The more likely way an IL-10 (1946) will be shot down is when the enemy shoots apart the plane's wings, tail, or their respective control surfaces.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 560 → 3 258 Sl icon.png
RB4 670 → 5 944 Sl icon.png
SB8 300 → 10 565 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications52 900 Rp icon.png
91 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training57 000 Sl icon.png
Experts200 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces520 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 170 / 600 % Sl icon.png
172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
3 500 Rp icon.png
6 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
6 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 900 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
3 300 Rp icon.png
5 700 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
3 300 Rp icon.png
5 700 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
4 300 Rp icon.png
7 400 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 900 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
4 300 Rp icon.png
7 400 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
3 500 Rp icon.png
6 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
6 900 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
3 300 Rp icon.png
5 700 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
3 300 Rp icon.png
5 700 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
4 300 Rp icon.png
7 400 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
4 300 Rp icon.png
7 400 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png

All priority in the modification unlocks should go into Flight Performance and Survivability. The Offensive 23 mm module can wait as it unlocks no new rounds for the IL-10 (1946) aside from the new belt arrangements. By the Tier III and IV modules, some considerations can be made for the turret and rocket modification depending on the player's preferences. The turret module can allow for more armour-penetrating rounds to be used against tailing fighters, or a higher concentration of HEF ammunition. The rockets can bring powerful high-explosive projectiles onto ground targets, but the IL-10 (1946) can only carry four rockets total, so they will not offer as much ground attack opportunities as the 23 mm autocannons, though they are more reliable to destroy tanks with.


Offensive armament

Main article: NS-23 (23 mm)

The IL-10 (1946) (China) is armed with:

  • 4 x 23 mm NS-23 cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

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

The IL-10 (1946) (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 4 x M-8 rockets
  • 4 x RBS-82 rockets
  • 4 x M-13UK rockets
  • 4 x RBS-132 rockets
  • 2 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs (500 kg total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5 6
Hardpoints IL-10.png
50 kg FAB-50sv bombs 1 1
100 kg FAB-100sv bombs 1 1
250 kg FAB-250sv bombs 1 1
M-8 rockets 1 1 1 1
M-13UK rockets 1 1 1 1
RBS-82 rockets 1 1 1 1
RBS-132 rockets 1 1 1 1
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 600 kg

Defensive armament

Main article: B-20E (20 mm)

The IL-10 (1946) (China) is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm B-20E cannon, dorsal turret (150 rpg)

Usage in battles

NS-23 cannons are not capable of destroying medium or light tanks even with AP ammunition. This severely hinders the aircraft's ground attack capabilities, so it is best utilized as a multi-purpose aircraft similar to the B7A2 Ryusei. However, it is worth noting that this aircraft wields the ability to carry a varied payload of both bombs and rockets. With proper aim, it is possible to destroy heavy tanks albeit very difficult as there is no bombing reticule. The "air targets" belt for the 23 mm cannons have the ability to demolish soft ground targets such as armoured cars and AAA units, but also retains the ability to destroy fighters and bombers alike with only a handful of rounds. Therefore, it can be beneficial to first attack the enemy's light defences and then if a teammate has been forced to a lower altitude by a pursuer, attempting to alleviate the stress of that pilot can be beneficial. Like the La-9, the IL-10 (1946) has the ability to fire two of its 23 mm cannons instead of four as the ammunition pools are separate. A good strategy is to use one set of 23 mm belts for attacking ground targets, and the other for destroying enemy aircraft.

If found in a sticky situation, the IL-10 (1946) pilot may choose to call for help or to "roll the dice" and use the 20 mm tail cannon. While it is effective, hitting the enemy at longer distances can be very difficult, especially without the "new 20 mm cannon (turret)" module upgrade. It is best to lure an enemy by turning and evading their fire and then lining them up directly with the tail cannon. It is possible to destroy the enemy aircraft with less than 10 shells if they are very close and the tail gunner is accurate. Another unorthodox method of using the 20 mm tail cannon involves a situation in which an initial pass on a ground target failed. Depending on how close the IL-10 (1946) is to the ground target, it is possible to destroy it from behind with the 20 mm tail gun. This is very difficult especially as the distance from the target increases.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Forward-firing 4 x 23 mm cannons can do massive damage
  • Defensive 20 mm gunner with 150 rounds of ammunition for protection (can bring down enemy fighters reliably if they hit)
  • Accelerates rather quickly (useful for gaining distance from a failed ground strike)
  • Versatile payload of bombs and rockets
  • Highly armoured cockpit
  • Durable aircraft, can absorb damage
  • Good manoeuvrability for an attacker


  • Large aircraft, easy target
  • 23 mm are difficult to aim due to low muzzle velocity
  • Lots of armour plating in the cockpit, hinders visibility (if playing SB)
  • Cannot perform high-speed manoeuvres
  • Bleeds energy extremely quickly
  • Very slow roll rate
  • Low top speed, manoeuvrability and climb rate
  • NS-23 still does not have the penetration to damage medium tanks, even with API-T at optimal angles
  • Almost no protection for the rear gunner


After its introduction in 1944, the IL-10 proved itself as a ground attacker even during the arrival of jet era, due to the inferior low-altitude performance of early jets. Meanwhile, in Mainland China, the ongoing civil war between CCP and KMT for the nation has almost over (main KMT forces retreated to Taiwan Island and the remaining were struggling on different coastal islands like Kinmen and Matsu). During that time, China only had propeller aircraft and before the outbreak of Korean War, PLAAF needed new aircraft to flush out remnants of KMT forces from Mainland's coastal islands.

In 1950, PLAAF started the import of IL-10s from the Soviets and in October, VVS stationed at Shanghai handed 25 of them to PLAAF 13th Assault Regiment; they were one of many aircraft that joined the 1st Anniversary of PRC establishment parade; by 1952, there were 254 of them imported into Mainland China.

The first time they really shone was in 1954-1955, the Battle of Dachen Island (大陈岛) in costal Taizhou (台州), Fujian, and also Yijiangshan Island (一江山岛) in Zhejiang. From 1st November 1954 till 18 January 1955, IL-10s joined the very first tri-service participated battle of PLA and helped PLAGF flush out the remaining KMT forces on the island. The attackers knocked down dozens of bunkers, buildings and some KMT vessels, once again proving their worthiness as an attacker.

These aircraft served PLAAF for 2 decades and were eventually replaced by the Q-5 in the 1970s.



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Ilyushin Design Bureau (Илью́шинa Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Bombers  DB-3B · IL-4
Jet Bombers  IL-28* · IL-28Sh
Strike Aircraft 
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
Strike Aircraft  ▀IL-2 (1942) · ␗IL-10 (1946)
  * The Chinese Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation built unlicensed copies of the Il-28 known as the H-5.

China twin-engine fighters and strike aircraft
Twin-engine fighters  ␗Ki-45 hei/tei · ␗P-38L-1
Strike aircraft  V-11 · V-12D · ␗IL-10 (1946) · Mosquito FB.Mk.26