IL-2M (1943)

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IL-2M (1943)
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
6.2 tTake-off weight
4.54 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6 500 mCeiling
Mikulin AM-38FEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannonWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
150 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombSetup 1
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 2
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 3
2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 4
8 x RS-82 rocketsSetup 5
8 x RBS-82 rocketsSetup 6
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 7
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 8
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 9
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 10
8 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 11
8 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 12
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-82 rockets
Setup 13
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-82 rockets
Setup 14
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 15
12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 16
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 17
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 18
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 19
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 20
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 21
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 x RBS-132 rockets
Setup 22
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 610 / 5 570/2 730 / 4 212/1 550 / 2 391Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
148 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
310 % Sl icon.png230 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet attacker IL-2M (1943). For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).


The IL-2M (1943) in the garage

The IL-2M (1943) is a rank III Russian attacker with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB) and 3.7 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 6 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 6 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
620 320  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage


Offensive armament

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Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Retains the flexible payload options of its predecessors
  • Features a single 12.7 mm Berezin machine gun in a rear-facing defensive position


  • Plane is less agile than previous versions (heavier)
  • Gunner doesn't benefit from the same level of protection as the pilot


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In-game description

On 21st July 1941, the lead designer of the IL-2 Sergey Ilyushin sent a request to the People's Minister of Aviation, calling for the improvement of the IL-2 by upgrading the engine to a 1,675-HP M-82 and increasing the aircraft's armour. The request was extremely urgent, considering that the rapidly advancing German troops at the time threatened serial production of the engines then used on the IL-2. Several influential Party members also called for upgrading the IL-2's engine. Another crucial change, in conjunction with the engine, called for converting the aircraft into a two-seater, based on combat experience. The second crewman would mainly deal with protecting the rear section of the Sturmovik from aerial attack, making it, in the designer's opinion, "nearly invincible". An aft fuel tank, previously installed behind the pilot in the armoured tub, was replaced with a gunner compartment under a stretched canopy, armed with a 12.7 mm (.50-cal) UBT machine gun with 280 rounds of ammunition. The gunner position, just like the pilot's, was well armoured.

Once the prototype was tested, all test pilots concluded that flight performance of the new variant was worse than that of the earlier IL-2 AM-38 variant; however, no changes in overall behaviour were noted, the armour was very effective, and no shortcomings that made flying dangerously were uncovered. Therefore, the new prototype was accepted for serial production.

Based on the two-seat Il-2, armed with Nudelman-Suranov NS-37 in conformable gun pods under the wings, instead of the 20/23 mm cannons, this version is an attempt to create an anti-tank aircraft, first used in combat during the Battle of Kursk. However, the combat effectiveness was quite low and production of the variant was limited to about 3,500. Moreover, the bomb load was decreased from 600 kg to 200 kg. It was replaced by the conventional Il-2 attackers armed with cassettes with cumulative bomblets.


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USSR attackers
Su  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
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-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Yak  Yak-2 KABB
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