Tu-2S-44 (China)

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This page is about the Chinese bomber Tu-2S-44 (China). For other uses, see Tu-2 (Family).


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The ␗Tu-2S-44 is a rank IV Chinese bomber with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 7,300 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 522 504 9500 32.0 32.7 4.3 4.3 326
Upgraded 574 547 29.8 30.8 13.2 8.1


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 + -
900 350 520 520 320 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 360 < 440 > 302
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,550 m 1,670 hp 1,968 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,700 m 1,410 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 15 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 15 mm Steel - Between pilot and front dorsal gunner
  • 6 mm Steel - On the front dorsal gunner's left hand side
  • 15 mm Steel - In front of the front dorsal gunner
  • 8 mm Steel - In front of the front dorsal gunner
  • 12 mm Steel - In front of the rear dorsal gunner
  • 15 mm Steel - In front of the rear dorsal gunner
  • 8 mm Steel - Below the ventral gunner
  • 12 mm Steel - In the tail
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (5 in each wing, 2 in the fuselage)


Offensive armament

Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The Tu-2S-44 (China) is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm ShVAK cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)

Suspended armament

The Tu-2S-44 (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 9 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs + 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb (1,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bomb + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Berezin UB (12.7 mm)

The Tu-2S-44 (China) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, front dorsal turret (190 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, rear dorsal turret (250 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, rear ventral turret (350 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Once spawned (~ 3500 m), locate what ground targets to engage. It is suggested to engage the targets farthest from the enemy's airfield in order to avoid detection. Attack pillboxes (light or heavy, it doesn't matter with 500 kg bombs) as these don't move. Only engage the AI tanks if there are no pillboxes, and if engaging the tanks, judge the speed of the tank column, and release the bombs, making sure to lead where the tanks will be as the bombs fall, not where they are in that moment.

When bombing anything, note that the center of the reticle should be aimed below the target by about a centimetre (looking at the screen). This will allow the bombs maximum precision. When releasing the two bombs from the bomb bay, hold the flight pattern for about 1/2 a second longer than normal to compensate for the opening of the bomb bay doors. Once the payload has dropped, begin attacking artillery and AAA guns with the 20 mm cannons. Fire in short bursts to conserve ammo, as the more of these light targets are destroyed, the better. Never attack light pillboxes with the frontal cannons! The ammo spent attempting to destroy these (~200 rounds) isn't worth it! Always attack lighter targets, or if the situation presents itself, enemy aircraft. Once the bombs and cannon ammo are/is exhausted, then high-tail it back to the airfield. Fully upgraded, the Tu-2S can maintain ~450 km/h on the deck, no problem. Be careful upon landing, as the plane tends to stall at ~175 km/h. Rearm, and repeat!

Specific enemies worth noting

Late War Props (Spitfire 24, Fw-190 D-13, F8F, etc.)

These are constant opponents at the BR of 5.7, so they should never be ignored. If possible, run back to base and don't commit to a head on with props, as they have a little more time to aim their shots and steady their plane. Rely mostly on the defensive turrets if needed.

Player-Controlled Flak (Kugelblitz, Crusader AA, etc.)

These are the bane of bombers (especially medium-sized ones such as the Tu-2S-59). When the tracers fly, don't risk a dive. Circle around or find some unsuspecting flanker that is outside the cover of these AAA guns.

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 Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs (turret) PKD-2
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons

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  • Fast, for a medium bomber
  • High wing rip speed (over 700 km/h)
  • Air spawn in RB.
  • Very easy to land and take-off
  • Decent payload, 500kg bombs are very useful in tank RB
  • Forward-firing ShVAK cannons, can be useful in a head-on engagement
  • Not as vulnerable as other 4-engine bombers
  • Twin tail design leaves little restriction on back gunners
  • Decently agile for its size
  • Guaranteed to put out fires on fuel tanks due to pressurized gas system
  • Very efficient in taking out individual ground targets
  • Individual bomb drops, very effective in tank battles
  • Engines can cool down even with a 100% throttle
  • Can pretty much WEP indefinitely
  • Great all-round visibility for a bomber / attacker, even has a downward window in the nose, allowing you to scan target area


  • Matchmaking pits the Tu-2S against jets and late/post war props
  • Only two bombs when stock
  • Will extinguish the fire but sometimes it will just burn out before the fuel tanks seal in time
  • Relatively small defensive armament
  • Only one pilot and is not protected by armour from the front
  • High-ish stall speed (175 km/h, more of a pain when taking off / landing)
  • Although it is fast, everything else is faster
  • Performance starts to degrade with altitude
  • Low amount of cannon ammo (150 rounds per gun)
  • While gunsight is well above the cockpit, it is still obstructed by the sight itself, limiting downward visibility in a lead


In-game description

Tupolev Tu-2S Front Line Bomber with M-82FN engines, main post-war series (NATO reporting name: Bat).

After World War II combat operations had ceased, production of the Tu-2S continued. During peace time, the military could afford to demand that those defects which they had had to put up with during the war be eliminated. The in-flight view of the pilot and the navigator was still considered unsatisfactory. Although the plane's fire power was considerable, the bomber's defense capability was reduced due to the small angle of fire for its turrets. The bomb release system was unreliable. These and other defects were progressively eliminated on the post-war Tu-2S from one production series to another.

Beginning with series 41, a new lower hatch, opening outward, was installed for the radio operator/gunner, and in series 42, the amount of protective armor on the back of the pilot's chair and on the hatches over the cannons in the wings was increased. A second landing headlight was added to all production planes. Beginning with series 44, the gunner's in-flight view was improved when three small round blisters on each side were replaced with one large one. Removal of the wooden structural parts from the airframe began; specifically, the tail cone was once again constructed of metal. The designers widened the pilot and the navigator's cockpit canopy and equipped it with convex side blisters. Extendable footrests were added, facilitating access to the pilot's and navigator's stations.

One important novelty was the replacement of the defensive weapons with models featuring an increased sighting angle. The BUSh-1 blister mount was replaced with the VUS-1, the LU-UBT hatch mount with the LU-68, and the VUB-2M upper defensive turret with the VUB-68.

Series 51 featured new main landing gear wheels with an increased carrying capacity but a smaller size. At the same time, a new tail wheel with a reinforced fork was implemented. The bay of the new tail skid had to be expanded so that the modified wheel could be retracted into the fuselage. A grooved strip was laid along the starboard wing of the plane so that the crew's footing would not slip on the wing's smooth metal surface. In addition, a new RSI-6 command radio set was installed in the pilot's cockpit.

Beginning in series 52, the designers abandoned the wooden wing tips, the last leftover from the wartime economy. Now every Tu-2S was produced with a completely metal airframe. More sophisticated equipment called for increased power from the aircraft's electrical system, so two more powerful GSK-1500 generators were installed.


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See also

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