SB 2M-100

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SB 2M-100
SB 2M-100
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This page is about the Russian bomber SB 2M-100. For other uses, see SB 2M (Family).


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The SB 2M-100 is a rank I Russian bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

The SB 2M-100 is a fast bomber, capable of reaching almost 400 km/h stock, and with its battle rating, it is capable of outrunning some of the fighters it encounters, such as the F3F and Chaika. With enough energy though, it can outrun early monoplanes such as the Ki-27, the F2A (rare, but if you might get uptiered), and even a P-36. It is also a highly maneuverable bomber, and can out turn most heavy fighters and a couple of monoplanes.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
408 393 9560 24.9 25.5 6.8 6.8 366
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
437 423 9560 23.6 24.2 11.2 8.9 366


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
320 ~2 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 250 < 300 < 180 > 350
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,300 m 860 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

The SB-2 does not have any armour except for the pilots back seat, which features 6 mm of armour plates, unfortunately, the fuel tanks are not protected though they are self sealing. The gunners are all exposed with the exception of the nose gunner (the dorsal gunner has almost half of his body sticking out of the plane). As a result, if trailed, pull some small evasive manoeuvres making it harder to disable the gunners.


Suspended armament

The SB 2M-100 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (500 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: ShKAS (7.62 mm)

The SB 2M-100 is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose turret (950 rpg = 1,900 total)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Der-33
III Wings repair Engine Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) Der-19
IV Cover

Pros and cons

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  • Fast and manoeuvrable for a bomber
  • Relatively effective defensive armament if used against biplanes or early monoplanes
  • Fast rate of fire for defensive armament
  • Good aircraft to bring into a realistic battle tank battle
  • Decent ark of fire from gunners, few blind spots


  • Almost no protection in terms of armour
  • Relatively weak airframe
  • Bomb load inadequate against bases - more for vehicles, pillboxes, ships and anti-aircraft emplacements
  • Exposed gunners
  • Easily catches fire if hit in fuel tanks
  • Almost non-existent stock climb rate


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In-game description

A three-seat, all-metal monoplane with a retractable landing gear system including a tail wheel.

This aircraft was designed in the Department of Aviation, Hydroaviation and Aircraft Prototype Engineering (AGOS) of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) under the direction of A. N. Tupolev and A. A. Arkhangelski. A prototype ANT-40-1 made its first flight on 7 October 1934. Full-scale production of the aircraft under the designation of SB (meaning "High-Speed Bomber") was launched in February 1936.

When creating the new aircraft, the designers paid much attention to the plane's aerodynamic superiority, considering this one of the most important components necessary to obtain high speed. Many structural and technological decisions were made to improve the plane's aerodynamics. It was the first time that an aircraft of this class had smooth metal skin instead of more rigid, corrugated skin; also, new high-strength materials were introduced, flush riveting used, retractable landing gear installed, and crew cockpits enclosed. The SB included the most advanced achievements in the field of aerodynamics, aircraft materials, and technology. As a result, during tests, the ANT-40 prototype nearly matched the maximum speed of the I-16 fighter.

The first production SB planes had 750 hp Klimov М-100 twelve-cylinder, V-type, liquid-cooled engines (a licensed version of the French Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine).

The engines were fitted with cowls featuring a frontal circular radiator which was completely covered by movable shutters which regulated the incoming air flow. The first production SBs were equipped with two-bladed, fixed-pitch metal propellers.

The SB's defensive armament included three gun posts: a starboard post, an upper post, and a hatch post. The starboard mount in the navigator's cockpit consisted of two 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns with a total magazine capacity of 1,900 rounds. The TUR-9 upper turret was equipped with one ShKAS machine gun whose magazine capacity was 1,000 rounds. The LU hatch mount, with one ShKAS machine gun carrying 500 rounds, was intended for cover the aircraft's lower rear. All of the machine guns were belt-fed, which was also was a revolutionary innovation: the rest of the world mostly continued to use detachable magazines.

The bombing armament of the first-series SBs was housed only inside the bomb bay, on two DER-33 horizontal racks (on which FAB-500 or FAB-250 bombs could be suspended) or four DER-34 vertical racks (for FAB-100 bombs or bomb clusters). The plane's maximum bomb capacity was 600 kg (6 FAB-100 bombs, suspended vertically).


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See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

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USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30