IL-2 (1942)

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Yak-38 Pack
IL-2 (1942)
IL-2 (1942)
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This page is about the Russian attacker IL-2 (1942). For the captured German version, see IL-2 (1942) (Germany). For other uses, see IL-2 (Family).


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The IL-2 (1942) is a rank II Russian attacker with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

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 2,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
406 391 9500 25.9 26.7 6.2 6.2 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
447 426 9500 24.1 24.9 11.1 8.6 450


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
470 ~15 ~15
Optimal velocities
< 320 < 320 < 370 > 360
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,750 m 1,500 hp 1,593 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

The IL-2 (1942) is armed with:

  • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The IL-2 (1942) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 8 x RS-82 rockets
  • 8 x RBS-82 rockets
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 8 x RS-132 rockets
  • 8 x RBS-132 rockets
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RBS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 12 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 4 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 4 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RS-132 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs + 8 x RBS-132 rockets (400 kg total)

Usage in battles

The IL-2 is an attacker which excels at low altitude. You'll be flying close to the ground in order to hit your targets with your cannons and machine guns, so watch for obstacles and use the IL-2's phenomenal low-speed performance and tight turning circle to get out of harm's way, though beware of the mediocre roll rate and the weak acceleration. Give yourself time to build up a good amount of speed before going for another attack, otherwise, you'll struggle to climb away. Make note of what targets you can eliminate: light pillboxes can be destroyed by your cannons, and even extended MG fire from your 7.62 mm guns, but other pillboxes will be impossible to destroy with your guns, and bombs will need a direct hit. Likewise, light tanks and armoured cars are destroyable with your guns, but medium tanks will need to be hit from the top or rear to penetrate the thicker armour, and heavy tanks are invulnerable unless you land a direct bomb or rocket hit.

Your bombs and rockets are best used for tougher targets, like pillboxes and medium/heavy tanks. You lack any sort of bombing reticule in Realistic Battles, so aim carefully and get used to how your rockets fall and their velocity. Overall, your load is still very strong. Direct bomb hits will destroy any sized tank, and your rockets can be devastating against ground convoys, especially with your 8 x RBS-132 rockets.

The armoured cockpit keeps your pilot safe from harm, and while your engine does have a tendency to take damage, you should still be safe from anti-aircraft artillery unless you're exposed to it for too long. The biggest threat posed to the IL-2 is enemy fighters since you're slower and less manoeuvrable than any fighter at this rank. Unlike the later Sturmovik models, you lack any form of defensive armament, so once an interceptor is on you, typically your outlook is grim. Keep an eye on the movement of enemy fighters and use terrain to hide your movements to and from targets if you can. Once intercepted, make use of the IL-2's slow speed to force overshoots, and use the adequate turning capabilities to dodge fire and get around the fighters. If you have a shot, take it: the 23mm cannons will shred even large heavy fighters with ease.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm RO-82
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 23 mm Der-21
IV 95 octane fuel usage Engine injection Cover New 23 mm cannons RO-132

Pros and cons


  • 23 different payload arrangements including bombs and rockets of varying size, flexible ground attack options
  • Powerful pair 23 mm VYa canons, increased firepower, ample ammo capacity
  • Strong protection surrounds the pilot and engine
  • Can be used as a makeshift fighter
  • Great turn rate, can out turn Bf109 series and even C205s


  • Lacks defensive armament
  • Heavy plane
  • Can't carry bombs larger than 250 kg, difficult to destroy more than one target
  • Restricted visibility from the cockpit in Simulator Battles due to protective armour
  • Higher battle rating
  • Slow acceleration
  • Bad energy retention


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).

In-game description

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. The designers nicknamed their aircraft the "Flying Tank". Luftwaffe pilots, due to the IL-2's incredible ability to withstand battle damage, called it the "Betonflugzeug" or "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 favorite attack tactic for IL-2 pilots was a low-level attack run, first letting loose with rockets at 600-700 meters, then firing on-board 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 low level when exiting the dive.


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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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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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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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