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Fighters were a key class of frontline aircraft in the U.S.S.R. Designed for action at low to mid altitude, they featured a good balance of speed performance and maneuverability. The primary mission of fighters was to protect Soviet strike aircraft and counter enemy strike aircraft.

The first Soviet jet aircraft were based on the technology of captured German aircraft engines and British aircraft engines. After the war, securing air superiority and intercepting high-altitude enemy bombers became top priority.

Battlefield strike aircraft are represented in the game by heavily-armored Ilyushin attack aircraft.


Soviet fighters vary distinctively between lines when they break off into three manufacturers at tier V: Lavochkin (Prefix LaGG & La) Mikoyan Gurevich (Prefix MiG) and Yakolev (Prefix Yak). These three manufacturers create a whopping four lines, three fighter lines and one multi-role fighter line. Prior to this massive breakup, Russian fighters tend to have good maneuverability, varying airspeed, and somewhat low service ceilings (though not as low as Japanese aircraft). Generally, Russian fighter craft have somewhat lower health pools (Though again, generally better than Japanese aircraft), and after tier IV will generally carry no more than 4 guns, but they hit hard, as the caliber of many of these guns are oddly large and mixed, ranging from 23mm auto cannons to whopping 57mm guns found on the I-215.

Starting from the right, the MiG line provides aircraft designed to compete with the German Bf-109 and U.S. Mustang fighter lines, with good engine power, generally good or great service ceilings, and airspeeds that rival or even exceed those found on the U.S. and German Fighters. Like the German Bf-109s and American Mustangs, these fighters excel in Boom and Zoom tactics, but are also slightly more maneuverable than their two foreign counterpart lines early on, but are eventually overtaken by the U.S. Fighters.

Next is the first of the Two Yak lines, Beginning with the Yak-1. While these Yaks lack the engine power and service ceilings of aircraft found in the MiG line, this YaK line does keep pace in terms of airspeed with the Japanese Ki line until the Yak-15, where the line overtakes them in airspeed. This Line also maintains a consistent maneuverability rating of 90 until the tier nine Yak-19, allowing pilots to freely engage virtually all other foreign fighters for the most part with confidence in turn and burn situations. However, they suffer low service ceilings compared to other fighter craft in higher tiers.

The second Yak line features pure snipers, beginning with the Yak-7. While not as maneuverable as the Yaks found in the Yak-1 line, they too enjoy a consistent maneuverability rating of 61 until the tier eight Su-9, where it drops to 49. Until this tier, the sniper Yaks can prove a credible threat to American and German fighters in turn and burn situations, but will fall prey to British and Japanese fighter craft. However, these aircraft excel at taking down enemy aircraft from a distance, and are armed with one or more very large caliber guns for their tier. With these large caliber guns and excellent range, the sniper yaks can engage even ground attack craft and bombers with excellent capability.

Finally on the left side is the La line, which is a sort of averaging of the capabilities of all three previous lines discussed, they are jacks of many trades, masters of none. Though their Achilles heels are poor service ceilings like those found in the Yak-1 line, excluding the La-15, which has better maneuverability than the MiG-15bis, at the cost of a noticeably lower service ceiling (800m lower), lower firepower, and somewhat less airspeed.

Soviet attack aircraft are (along with the Germans) currently the only researchable attack planes in the game. Compared to their German counterparts, they have considerably larger health pools yet the Tier 4 BSh-2 and Tier 5 IL-2 lack a rear gunner. They also start at Tier 2, whereas the Germans don't get attack aircraft until Tier 4. While the Russian attack craft are in general considerably less nimble overall than their German rivals, they make up for it with noticeably better self-defense armament when it does exist, and not only can carry more powerful bombs than their German rivals, but also can equip missiles. Starting with the IL-2t, Russian ground attack craft can arm exceedingly powerful cannons which surpass the 30mm guns most later German attack craft carry, culminating in the massive 57mm guns that the IL-20 can arm.


1.4 Soviet Plane Tree

Fighters

II
TsKB I-7

TsKB I-7

III
Polikarpov I-15bis DM-2

Polikarpov I-15bis DM-2

III
Polikarpov TsKB-12bis

Polikarpov TsKB-12bis

IV
Polikarpov I-153 DM-4

Polikarpov I-153 DM-4

IV
Polikarpov I-17

Polikarpov I-17

V
Polikarpov I-180-3

Polikarpov I-180-3

V
Ilyushin I-21 (TsKB-32)

Ilyushin I-21 (TsKB-32)

V
Lavochkin LaGG-3

Lavochkin LaGG-3

V
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3

V
Yakovlev Yak-1

Yakovlev Yak-1

VI
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-210

Mikoyan-Gurevich I-210

VI
Lavochkin La-5

Lavochkin La-5

VI
Bell P-39Q-15 Airacobra

Bell P-39Q-15 Airacobra

VI
Yakovlev Yak-1M

Yakovlev Yak-1M

VII
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-220

Mikoyan-Gurevich I-220

VII
Kostikov 302

Kostikov 302

VII
Lavochkin La-7

Lavochkin La-7

VII
Lavochkin La-9RD

Lavochkin La-9RD

VII
Yakovlev Yak-3

Yakovlev Yak-3

VII
Yakovlev Yak-3RD

Yakovlev Yak-3RD

VII
Yakovlev Yak-3T

Yakovlev Yak-3T

VIII
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-250

Mikoyan-Gurevich I-250

VIII
Lavochkin La-11

Lavochkin La-11

VIII
Lavochkin La-9

Lavochkin La-9

VIII
Yakovlev Yak-15

Yakovlev Yak-15

IX
Lavochkin La-160

Lavochkin La-160

IX
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9

IX
Yakovlev Yak-19

Yakovlev Yak-19

X
Lavochkin La-15

Lavochkin La-15

X
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis

X
Yakovlev Yak-30

Yakovlev Yak-30

Multirole Fighters

I
Polikarpov I-5

Polikarpov I-5

II
Polikarpov I-15

Polikarpov I-15

II
Polikarpov I-5 ShKAS

Polikarpov I-5 ShKAS

III
Kochyerigin-Yatsenko DI-6i

Kochyerigin-Yatsenko DI-6i

III
Polikarpov I-16 (early mod.)

Polikarpov I-16 (early mod.)

IV
Polikarpov I-16 (late mod.)

Polikarpov I-16 (late mod.)

IV
Polikarpov I-16 Type 29

Polikarpov I-16 Type 29

IV
Borovkov-Florov I-207/4

Borovkov-Florov I-207/4

IV
Lavochkin LaGG-3 series 4

Lavochkin LaGG-3 series 4

V
Lavochkin LaGG-3 series 34

Lavochkin LaGG-3 series 34

V
Curtiss P-40 M-105

Curtiss P-40 M-105

V
Yakovlev Yak-7

Yakovlev Yak-7

VI
Ilyushin IL-1

Ilyushin IL-1

VI
Yakovlev Yak-9

Yakovlev Yak-9

VII
Yakovlev Yak-9U

Yakovlev Yak-9U

VIII
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-260

Mikoyan-Gurevich I-260

VIII
Sukhoi Su-9

Sukhoi Su-9

IX
Alekseyev I-211

Alekseyev I-211

X
Alekseyev I-215

Alekseyev I-215

Attack Aircraft

I
Tomashevich LShBD

Tomashevich LShBD

II
Tomashevich Pegasus

Tomashevich Pegasus

II
Kochyerigin TSh-2

Kochyerigin TSh-2

III
Kochyerigin BSh-1

Kochyerigin BSh-1

III
Kochyerigin TSh-3

Kochyerigin TSh-3

IV
Ilyushin BSh-2

Ilyushin BSh-2

IV
Kochyerigin Sh (LBSh)

Kochyerigin Sh (LBSh)

V
Ilyushin IL-2

Ilyushin IL-2

V
IL-2 with rear gunner

IL-2 with rear gunner

VI
Ilyushin IL-2 two-seat

Ilyushin IL-2 two-seat

VII
Ilyushin IL-10

Ilyushin IL-10

VII
Ilyushin IL-8

Ilyushin IL-8

VIII
Ilyushin IL-20

Ilyushin IL-20

IX
Ilyushin IL-40

Ilyushin IL-40

X
Ilyushin IL-40P

Ilyushin IL-40P

Bombers

III
Arkhangelsky/Tupolev SB

Arkhangelsky/Tupolev SB

IV
Arkhangelsky Ar-2

Arkhangelsky Ar-2

V
Petlyakov Pe-2

Petlyakov Pe-2

VI
Petlyakov Pe-2 M-82

Petlyakov Pe-2 M-82

VIII
Myasishchev RB-17

Myasishchev RB-17

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