Su-6 (AM-42)

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Su-6 (AM-42)
Su-6 (AM-42)
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This page is about the Soviet attacker Su-6 (AM-42). For the version with an M-71F engine, see Su-6 (M-71F).


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The Su-6 (AM-42) is a rank IV Soviet attacker with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".

General info

Flight performance

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Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 478 459 6000 25.8 26.7 8.6 8.2 800
Upgraded 531 501 23.9 25.0 15.2 11.2


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
680 330 480 480 290 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 380 < 395 > 323

Survivability and armour

  • 4 mm steel surrounding the engine
  • 4 mm steel on both sides of gunner
  • 6 mm steel behind propeller spinner
  • 6 mm steel behind wing oil cooling systems
  • 6 mm steel beneath fuel tank
  • 6 mm steel on both sides of pilot
  • 6 mm steel beside gunner's head
  • 6 mm steel directly in front of windshield
  • 6 mm steel above windshield
  • 10 mm steel between pilot and gunner
  • 10 mm steel in front of gunner*
  • 12 mm steel in front of gunner*
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass in front of pilot
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass in front of gunner*
  • Self-sealing fuel tank with neutral gas pressurization system underneath pilot

* (Note: the gunner is rear-facing)


Offensive armament

The Su-6 (AM-42) is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 37 mm NS-37 cannons, wing-mounted (45 rpg = 90 total) + 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)
    • 2 x 23 mm VYa-23 cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total) + 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, wing-mounted (750 rpg = 1,500 total)

Suspended armament

Main articles: RS-82, RBS-82, RS-132, RBS-132

The Su-6 (AM-42) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 16 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 6 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (300 kg total)
  • 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 6 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 10 x RS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 6 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs + 10 x RBS-82 rockets (300 kg total)
  • 16 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 10 x RS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 16 x 25 kg AO-25M-1 bombs + 10 x RBS-82 rockets (400 kg total)
  • 10 x RS-132 rockets
  • 10 x RBS-132 rockets

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The Su-6 (AM-42) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (196 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm Turret 12 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs New 12 mm MGs (turret) RO-82
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 37 mm VYa-23 cannon RO-132
IV Engine injection Cover New 37 mm cannons Offensive 23 mm New 23 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Well armoured
  • Powerful, multi-purpose canons to attack ground and air targets
  • Good short term manoeuvrability at moderate speeds
  • Gunner & pilot are very well protected
  • Good payload options, including 10 x RS/RBS-132 rockets


  • Gunner has restrictive firing angles
  • Defensive armament doesn't keep up with the opposition offensive armament
  • Bad sustained turn rate
  • Bad climb-rate compared to fighters
  • Uncontrollable at high speeds and bad redline speeds
  • Engine overheats easily


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See also

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Sukhoi Design Bureau (Сухой Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Attackers  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82) · Su-6 · Su-6 (AM-42) · Su-6 (M-71F)
Jet fighters  Su-9 · Su-11 · Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-17M2

USSR strike aircraft
Su-2  BB-1 · Su-2 MV-5 · Su-2 TSS-1 · Su-2 (M-82)
Su-6  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)
Pe-3  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Tandem MAI  Tandem MAI
Yak-2  Yak-2 KABB