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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.22 tTake-off weight
0.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-1535-2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
440 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2000 roundsAmmunition
1000 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
600 roundsAmmunition
1000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 1
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 2
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
1 x 1000 lbs Type A Mark I aircraft laid magnetic mineSetup 4
2900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png170 / 214/180 / 226/200 / 252Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft SB2U-2. For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


GarageImage SB2U-2.jpg

The SB2U-2 is a Rank I American bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The SB2U was developed in the early 1930s and although considered obsolete at the outbreak of World War II, it still remained in service through the Battle of Midway. However, in 1943, it was withdrawn into training units and replaced by more advanced aircraft. This aircraft featured a constant-speed propeller which was intended to be utilized as a dive brake while performing dive-bombing attack manoeuvres. There are three hard points for bombs to be attached, one 250 lb bomb under each wing and a single 500 or 1,000 lb bomb mounted onto a pylon under the fuselage. The larger bomb was also attached to what was called a “trapeze”, a device which would when the bomb was released, swing the bomb clear of the propeller arc.

The SB2U-2 is a carrier-based dive bomber. This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy. Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs. The SB2U is one of few early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive flaps to aid in retarding the build-up of speed during a dive, helping prevent ripping off of wings in RB and SB. Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB). Rear-facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however, it is not a game-changer for this aircraft.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
338 329 6,800 23.6 24.5 3.7 4.5 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
383 360 6,800 20.4 22.0 9.7 6.2 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
740 440 N/A ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 350 < 320 > 299
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,895 m 750 hp 825 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel boxes between the pilot and gunner
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • The only fuel tank is located in the fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2U-2 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The SB2U-2 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (700 lb total)
  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2U-2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, rear turret (600 rpg)

Usage in battles

The SB2U-2 is a slow aircraft which leads it to have two options. The first that a pilot may choose is to hug the terrain. While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilizing the hills and valleys there are to fly through. Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets to your location, so drop your bombs and return to friendly cover as soon as possible. This aircraft can manoeuvre fairly well. Utilizing elevator and rudder controls, you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.

The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build-up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate downside is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, an easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.

While this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The manoeuvrability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.

The rear-facing dorsal gunner does not deter much, don’t rely on him to clear your tail of trailing aircraft. Enemy fighters will assume this aircraft to be an easy target due to its size and slow speed.

The SB2U-2 is a slow aircraft, however, it is manoeuvrable. Due to the large surface area of the wings and rudder, it can make quick reversals through wing-overs, causing faster fighters to overshoot. The rear-gunner does not pack much of a punch, however coming at this aircraft from the underside will avoid any offensive/defensive weapons allowing for time to line up a shot. Aim for critical areas of the aircraft (engine, pilot, fuel…) as the body of the aircraft can soak up a good amount of damage.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable

No automatic pitch

Controllable Controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm FSBC mk.5
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 7 mm FLBC mk.1
IV Engine Injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Manoeuvrable
  • Dual role dive bomber/attacker
  • Good diver
  • Decent bomb loadout for its BR


  • Large target
  • Slow speed
  • Weak defensive armament


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See also

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Float planes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3
Attackers  AU-1
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Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
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Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Hydroplanes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3 · PBM-3 "Mariner"