|This page is about the Russian bomber SB 2M-103. For other uses, see SB 2M (Family).|
The SB 2M-103 is a rank I Russian bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, manoeuvrability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
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| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
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|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
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|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
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|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- Single 6mm steel plate behind the pilot
- No armour glazing
- Fuel tanks located in wings
- Self Sealing fuel tanks
The SB 2M-103 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (1100 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
- 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1000 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (1500 kg total)
- 1 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (500 kg total)
- 3 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (1500 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 1 x 500 kg FAB-500 bomb (1000 kg total)
- 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
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Turret 7 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs (turret)||Der-19|
Pros and cons
- Fast and maneuverable for a bomber
- Fast rate of fire for defensive armament
- Good aircraft to bring into a realistic battle tank battle
- Almost no protection in terms of armour
- Relatively weak airframe
- Exposed gunners
- Almost non-existent stock climb rate
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In 1937, designers under the direction of A. A. Arkhangelski began working to improve the SB even more. The aircraft received a 960 hp Klimov M-103 twelve-cylinder, V-shaped, liquid-cooled engine. The M-103 engine, created in 1936-37, was based on the M-100.
After testing was performed, the SB 2M-103 bomber was launched into full-scale production in 1938 under the designation of ""96th series"". SB 2M-103 planes of the 96th series had external DER-19 bomb racks under the centre wing section that were designed to carry aerial bombs weighing up to 500 kg. The aircraft's maximum bomb capacity was increased up to 1,500 kg. DER-19 racks could house external teardrop-shaped fuel tanks with a capacity of 370 litres each.
To improve reliability, a mechanical bomb release system was introduced and also duplicated in the pilot's cockpit. The aircraft was equipped with an AFA-13 photo camera. An electrohydraulic landing gear retraction system was used, and the pilot's chair received an armored backrest. Due to these many changes, the aircraft's flight weight increased significantly, and the airframe's structure was strengthened. From this point on, all production SB 2M-103s began to be produced with a shielded MV-3 gun turret and an LU hatch mount with an optical sight. An inert gas filling system was introduced for the fuel tanks.
Planes of later production series had modified M-103U and M-103A engines. These engines were equipped with ducted coolant radiators located over the engine. The power unit cowling was completely changed. For this, the engine oil coolers were moved to the leading edge of the outer wing.
This SB 2M-103 with ducted radiators became the most high-speed model among production SB bombers, reaching a speed of 450 km/h at a height of 4,100 m. These bombers were produced full-scale from 1939-40, being nicknamed ""Shchuka"" (""Pike"", as a fish) among the troops, due to the distinctive form of their engine cowls.
From December 1939 on, all SB bombers were equipped with VISh-22 three-bladed, controllable-pitch propellers.
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- reference to the series of the aircraft;
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- page on aircraft encyclopedia;
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|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|