IL-2 (1941)

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IL-2 (1941)
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.2 tEmpty weight
5.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
sec25.7/25.7/25.0Turn Time
165 km/hStalling speed
Mikulin AM-38Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 20 mm ShVAK cannonWeapon 1
420 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 х 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombSetup 1
4 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 2
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 3
2 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 4
8 х RS-82 rocketsSetup 5
8 х RBS-82 rocketsSetup 6
8 х RS-132 rocketsSetup 7
8 х RBS-132 rocketsSetup 8
12 х 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 х RS-82 rockets
Setup 9
12 х 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
8 х RBS-82 rockets
Setup 10
4 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 х RS-82 rockets
Setup 11
4 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
8 х RBS-82 rockets
Setup 12
12 х 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 х RS-132 rockets
Setup 13
12 х 25 kg AO-25M-1 bomb
4 х RBS-132 rockets
Setup 14
4 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 х RS-132 rockets
Setup 15
4 х 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bomb
4 х RBS-132 rockets
Setup 16
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 х RS-82 rockets
Setup 17
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 х RBS-82 rockets
Setup 18
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 х RS-132 rockets
Setup 19
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
4 х RBS-132 rockets
Setup 20
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 х RS-132 rockets
Setup 21
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
8 х RBS-132 rockets
Setup 22
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png640 / 973/930 / 1 414/520 / 790Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.12 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Russian attacker IL-2 (1941). For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).


GarageImage IL-2 1941.jpg

The IL-2 (1941) is a rank II Russian attacker with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns".

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 9 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 9 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


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

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.

Suspended armament

Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.

Defensive armament

Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in an aircraft, the features of using vehicles in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

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


  • Diverse payload options - allows for varied playstyles
  • Heavily armed, two cannons and two machine guns
  • Armored in the front
  • Usable as a fighter
  • Large ammo pool, almost 50% more cannon ammo than a Yak-2


  • Limited view from cockpit due to armour plates
  • Large drop in performance compared to a Yak-2


The famous IL-2 Sturmovik was a Soviet WWII-era attack aircraft created by the Ilyushin Design Bureau and nicknamed Hunchback by Red Army troops due to the distinct fuselage shape. While the designers nicknamed their aircraft the Flying Tank, Luftwaffe pilots, due to the IL-2's incredible ability to withstand battle damage, instead called it the Betonflugzeug (Concrete Plane). German ground troops, conversely, despised and feared the IL-2, giving it a slew of unpleasant nicknames, such as Schlachter (Butcher); Fleischwolf (Meatgrinder); Eiserner Gustav (Iron Gustav) and Schwarzer Tod (the Black Death). Some historians believe that the Black Death was actually a successful invention of the Soviet propaganda machine that caught on with the Germans.

The IL-2 was the most mass-produced military aircraft in history. However, early in the war German air superiority coupled with the absence of rear gunners on early variants and poorly organized Soviet fighter escorts led to high rates of losses for the type. A favourite attack tactic for IL-2 pilots was a low-level attack run, first letting loose with rockets at 600-700 meters, then firing onboard armament from a distance of 400 to 600 meters. Bombs would be dropped in subsequent passes from an altitude of 100-200 meters, using an impact fuse. The recommended tactic for attacking concentrations of soft targets was a strafing run in a shallow dive from 100-200 meters and a subsequent dropping of bombs at a low level when exiting the dive.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

USSR attackers
Su  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · 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-10  IL-10 · IL-10 (1946)
Yak  Yak-2 KABB
  Tandem MAI