IL-2 (1942)

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IL-2 (1942)
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.8 tTake-off weight
4.54 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
Mikulin AM-38Engine
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
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
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 010 / 1 536/710 / 1 079/530 / 806Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian attacker IL-2 (1942). For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).


The IL-2 (1942) in the garage

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.

General info

Flight Performance

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

  • 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

      Main article: Bombs-->

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


  • 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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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