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IL-2M
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank III (3)
Battle Rating 3.7
Type Attacker
Maximum Speed on height 397 km/h

2000 m
Maximum Altitude 9000 m
Turn Time 37.2 seconds
Rate of Climb 3.4 m/s
Takeoff Run 650 m
Armament 2x 23 mm VYa-23 cannon (300 rds)

2x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun (1500 rds)
1x Turret: 1x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun (450 rds)

Burst Mass 4.54 kg/s


Ilyushin Il-2M Edit

Il-2M - car model production ShVAK 20 mm cannons, guns replaced by 23 mm Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23, AM-38F engine of 1,750 hp

The biggest change from the first model of Sturmovik was the addition of a tail gunner, to help improve the defensive capabilities of the aircraft. In addition, the IL-2M recieved a mild increase in armor (largely to help protect the engine), which negatively affected manuverability. However, pilots preferred the added durability to the mobility of the older model, and the IL-2M became a popular aircraft among Soviet pilots. The aircraft became notorious among those who were unlucky enough to be selected as tail gunners, however, as there was no armor to speak of to protect them from the attacking aircraft, and their mortality rate was much higher than most other aircrew positions.

History Edit

The Ilyushin Il-2 (Cyrillic: Илью́шин Ил-2) was a ground-attack aircraft (Cyrillic: Штурмови́к, Šturmovík) in the Second World War, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers. With 36,183 examples of the Il-2 produced during the war, and in combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, a total of 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history, as well as one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history along with the American postwar civilian Cessna 172 and the Soviet Union's own Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik biplane, itself sometimes seen side-by-side with the big armored Ilyushin monoplane on the front lines.

Il-2 over Berlin 1945

Shturmovik Il-3M About Berlin - April 1945

To Il-2 pilots, the aircraft was simply the diminutive "Ilyusha". To the soldiers on the ground, it was the "Hunchback", the "Flying Tank" or the "Flying Infantryman". Its postwar NATO reporting name was "Bark". 

The Il-2 aircraft played a crucial role on theEastern Front. Joseph Stalin paid the Il-2 a great tribute in his own inimitable manner: when a particular production factory fell behind on its deliveries, Stalin sent an angrily-worded cable to the factory manager, stating "They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread

"I demand more machines. This is my final warning!"

Produced IL-2 all Versions Edit

Manufacturer: Ilyushin

First flight: 2 October 1939

Produced: 1941-1945

Number of bulit: 36.183

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Inside Shturmovik

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Country: URRS

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