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    Default A-G weapons guide

    This guide will take us through Air to Ground weapons and their proper use. As it is a huge subject it will be broken into segments. The segments will focus on their respective coutries, covering every weapon and their effectiveness against different types of targets.

    Segments will cover as follows:
    1st segment - Soviets
    2nd segment - Germans
    3rd segment - Allies
    4th segment - Japanese & other countries.

    I'll try to post segments every few days, hopefully the first segment will be done today.
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    Soviets have a wide variety of A-G weapons, one of the most diverse selection available in IL-2, from rockets, bombs, cassette bombs, bomblets and napalm dispensers. This gives the Soviets arguably the best versatility on the battlefield, giving them adequate weapon load to do most tasks, from simple CAS to tank hunting, to airfield raids.

    We'll begin by analyzing the machine guns and cannons available to the Soviet side:

    Machine guns - Soviet medium machine guns are chambered in the 7.62x52mmR cartridge with green tracers. Heavy machine guns are chambered in the 12.7x108mm cartridge with white tracers and .50 BMG with red tracers

    ShKAS - 7.62mm machine gun

    -Rate of fire: 1800 RPM
    -Suitable targets: All soft skinned vehicles, open topped vehicles, most light tanks, light artillery
    -Notes: When attacking light vehicles it is advisable to attack the driver's cabin to speed up the destruction. Open topped vehicles are best attacked from a shallow (25°-40°) dive while aiming for the open segment of the vehicle. Light tanks are destroyed in steep dives (>60°) while aiming at the engine deck or the turret top. Light artillery (light flak etc.) can be destroyed with a sustained burst. This MG is capable of destroying even howitzers, however it's ammo consuming, and one must keep attacking the rear part of the gun (the breech).
    -Aircraft equipped: Yak-1, LaGG-3 Series 1, I-16's, IL-2 sturmovik, defensive mounting on various aircraft.

    Berezin UB - 12.7mm machine gun
    M2 Browining - .50 BMG machine gun


    -Rate of fire:800-1050 RPM (UB), 750–850 RPM (M2)
    -Suitable targets:All soft skinned vehicles, open topped vehicles, all light tanks, light artillery, some medium tanks
    -Notes:When attacking medium tanks keep a steep dive (>60°) chop the throttle, extend combat flaps and aim for the engine deck.
    -Aircraft equipped: UB: Most Yak fighters, some I-16 and I-153 versions, MiG-3, LaGG-3, defensive mounting on Pe-2, IL-2
    M2:Lend lease US fighers (P-39, P-40, P-47), lend lease US bombers (A-20 and B-25 Mitchell, both offensive and defensive mounting)


    Cannons - Soviet cannons range from 20mm to 45mm, all variants are equipped with red tracers except B-20 which comes with yellow tracers.

    ShVAK - 20 mm cannon
    Berezin B-20 - 20 mm cannon


    -Rate of fire: 700–800 RPM
    -Suitable targets: All soft skinned vehicles, open topped vehicles, all light tanks, light artillery, medium tanks
    -Notes:When attacking medium tanks keep a medium dive (around 45°) chop the throttle, extend combat flaps and aim for the engine deck.
    -Aircraft equipped: ShVAK: Nearly all soviet fighters
    B-20: Late war soviet fighters (La-7, Yak-9UT)


    VYa-23 - 23 mm cannon

    -Rate of fire: 550–650 RPM
    -Suitable targets: All soft skinned vehicles, all light tanks, medium tanks, some heavy tanks, most artillery
    -Notes: medium tanks fall easily from high angles, light tanks die from all angles after a few shots
    -Aircraft equipped: IL-2 Sturmovik, Yak-9UT, LaGG-3

    Nudelman-Suranov NS-37
    M4 37mm cannon


    -Rate of fire: 240-260 (NS-37), 150 (M4)
    -Suitable targets: all but the heaviest of tanks (NS-37), apart from soft targets, and medium artillery, mostly lightly armored tanks (M4).
    -Notes: NS-37 kicks like a mule, a couple of rounds will shake you off course especially if your speed is below 300 km/h, N-37 is equipped with AP rounds capable of defeating tiger tanks with rear shots from a shallow dive (30°), it will basically tear through anything it hits, however try to attack the sides or rear as a frontal shot will simply be inadequate for the task. The M4 on the other hand is mostly incapable of destroying heavy, sometimes even medium armour as the soviets were only equipped with HE shells for the cannon, tanks can be destroyed however in steep dives, be warned though the slow rate of fire can send you crashing down without destroying your target:
    -Aircraft equipped: NS-37: IL-2 Type 3M, Yak-9T
    M4: P-39N through Q

    Nudelman-Suranov NS-45, 45mm cannon

    -Rate of fire:260-280 RPM
    -Suitable targets: Anything and everything, from soft vehicles, to the heaviest tanks
    -Notes: As with the NS-37 the NS-45 kicks like a mule, even more so than the NS-37, most shots can be made in a shallow dive with a high degree of kill probability, however because of the low RPM you must make sure you put the first round on target or you risk getting thrown off aim by the recoil, or missing your opportunity because f the rate of fire.
    -Aircraft equipped: Yak-9K

    This concludes the guns segment, next up, bombs and rockets, stay tuned.
    Last edited by =VARP=Barracuda44; 18-10-2013 at 20:08.

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    Rockets - Soviets employ 4 principal categories of rockets. HE, AP, Frag and Incendiary. Most soviet rockets come in two different versions: 82mm and 132mm. Since in IL-2 the difference between those two is minimal this guide will focus on the different payloads instead. An important thing to note is the frankly miserable warhead weight of below 1 kg for each missile, except the M-13 which holds 4.9 kg, still miles behind the contemporary warhead weights of other armies. However that puts the Soviet rockets at a kind of an advantage as the Soviet pilots can press the attack until they are well within 100m before launch, which would be otherwise fatal, thus ensuring a greater hit percentage than contemporary air forces.

    For more info about this mode of attack see this link (video and description):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZ70VYbQI0


    RS-82, RS-132

    -Type: High Explosive rocket.
    -Uses: Soft skinned vehicles, light tanks, light flak.
    -Notes: Small blast radius requires high precision, near misses won't destroy anything heavier than a truck. Aim for the sides or the rear, as anything heavier than Pz IV won't be wrecked by the frontal blast.
    -Aircraft equipped: Almost all early to mid war fighters, all IL-2 models, lend-lease Hurricane


    BRS-82, BRS-132

    -Type: High Explosive Anti Tank (HEAT) rocket
    -Uses: All ground targets.
    -Notes: Poor to non-existing blast radius demands direct hits except in really soft targets like cars, motorbikes and trucks. Hitting any portion of the tank yields destruction, all tanks up to and including Pz IVB (Tiger II) can be destroyed with a frontal direct hit, but side shots are recommended for best target profile and thinner side armour
    -Aircraft equipped: Most IL-2 models, lend-lease Hurricane

    ROFS-132

    -Type: Fragmentation rocket
    -Uses: Soft skinned vehicles, light tanks, medium tanks, all flak
    -Notes: Unlike the previous rockets this one has a much larger fragmentation radius (10-20 meters in game) ensuring that howitzers get destroyed with a near miss. The ROFS-132 is perfect for airfield strikes, AA sweeps and general high risk situations where the pilot doesn't have the time to properly aim
    -Aircraft equipped: later two seat IL-2 models

    M-13

    -Type: High Explosive/Incendiary rocket
    -Uses: Soft skinned vehicles, light tanks, all flak
    -Notes: While stronger in the AT role than ROFS, for some strange reason this rocket has even less of a blast radius. Since it doesn't operate as intended use ROFS or BRS instead, depending on the situation
    -Aircraft equipped: later two seat IL-2 models, lend-lease Hurricane


    Bomb dispensers and bomblets - Soviet aircraft come equipped with 4 kinds of bomblets in IL-2 1946. They consist of the conventional 10 kg bomb AO-10, AJ-2 Cassette bomblets, HEAT PTAB 2.5 bomblets and the VAP-250 napalm dispenser. Unlike the German method of bomblet dispensing (via bombs), the Soviet method has couple of distinct advantages, namely high coverage ensuring target destruction, limited steerability of the bomblet stream to correct for errors in approach and ease of use for fighters without a bombsight.


    AO-10 fragmentation bomb

    -Type: 10kg fragmentation bomb
    -Uses: Soft targets, open topped targets
    -Notes: Quite useless, as they have conventional fusing, requiring the aircraft to put a delay fuze and drop from 20+ meters in order to have any effect. Because of this the bombs have a tendency to skid and roll past their intended targets, the blast radius is small however, in early model IL-2 there are no alternatives (except the VAP-250) which makes AO-10 bomblets useless after 1941.
    -Aircraft equipped: IL-2 sturmovik, assorted early war fighters (4 rounds as opposed to 50 in the IL-2)


    AJ-2 Cassette bomblet

    -Type: Cassette bomblet
    -Uses: All targets
    -Notes: One of the most useful loadouts carried by the IL-2, as opposed to the PTAB-2.5 the Cassette bomblets have greater dispersion with higher altitudes so it's suitable for airfield tarmac strikes covering a greater area, the Cassette bomblets are capable of knocking out even the King Tiger so they should have no problem destroying other targets on the battlefield. Another great advantage is no fusing, they can be dropped from 5m with no delay and practically no blast radius so they are suitable for convoy destruction
    -Aircrat equipped: IL-2 Sturmovik


    PTAB-2.5 HEAT bomblet

    -Type: HEAT bomblets
    -Uses: All targets
    -Notes: As with the AJ-2, the PTAB excels in destroying all targets, the difference between the PTAB and the AJ are that PTAB has virtually no spread and can be dropped from 100m with virtually the same hit grouping as from 10m, One advantage over the AJ-2 is the capability of IL-2's to carry either more bomblets for a longer bombing run (192 rounds) or the ability to carry 4 additional BRS-132 rockets for AT duty. The reccomended attack pattern is flying 25 meters aligned with the convoy flying in it's direction of travel at aroun 300-350 km/h and releasing the bomblets as soon as the first vehicle goes under the nose of the aircraft.
    -Aircraft equipped: IL-2 Sturmovik, Yak-9B


    VAP-250 napalm dispenser

    -Type: Napalm dispenser
    -Uses: light targets, wooden bridges
    -Notes: as with AJ and the PTAB the VAP has no fuzing and can be dropped from any alt, but the recommendation is no higher than 50 meters for the possibility of further diluting it's already weak effect on targets, it can be possibly used to drop wooden bridges, but it needs a good spread across the whole bridge to have any effect, in any case the attack pattern is virtually the same as with the above weapons, however the effects are almost absent so, a different load out is preferable.
    -Aircraft equipped: IL-2 Sturmovik


    Soviet bombs will not be included here as they are virtually the same as their foreign equivalents.
    Last edited by =VARP=Arg0n; 19-10-2013 at 17:44.

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