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|This page is about the Russian attacker IL-2 (1942). For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).|
The IL-2 (1942) is a rank II Russian attacker with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 2.7 (SB). This attacker has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
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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
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Usage in the battles
Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
- 23 different payload arrangements with bombs and rockets of varying size allow for flexible ground attack options.
- Powerful pair 23mm VYa canons increase available firepower while retaining ample ammo capacity.
- Strong protection surrounds the pilot and engine.
- Can be used as a makeshift fighter.
- Lacks defensive armament.
- Heavy plane.
- Can't carry bombs larger than 250kg makes it hard to destroy more than one target.
- (SB) Restricted visibility from inside.
- Higher battle rating.
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.
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|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)|