Thursday, March 15, 2018

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Kuban - Officially Released Today

The North Caucasus Front (or the Army Group South, depending your pick) are about to claim the virtual lives of many virtual pilots.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Kuban is officially out with new airplanes: Yak-7b, Bf 109 G-4, Fw 190 A-5, IL-2 AM-38F model 1943, just to mention a few. Many of them were already available through the early release. The A-20B light bomber is one of the fresh attractions for today's release. I always enjoyed bombers in IL-2, and I will start writing about them very soon.

And off course, the P-39L-1 Airacobra (pictured above), one of my earliest favorite picks from the original IL-2 series. Love than cannon, the landing gear and how it forces you to fly low.

The campaign looks very interesting as well. There are new interface additions and options added on top of those great maps.



Paolo said...

Yup, put it to update but will manage to properly try it only in a few weeks.

Can't wait to read ALL about it!

Frankie Kam said...

Beautiful screenshot of the Airacobra fly by at low level. America’s Worst World War II Fighter Was the Star of the Soviet Air Force. The Reds loved the P-39 Airacobra. It had been a standard practice among manufacturers to design an airplane around an engine, but this was the first time a plane had been designed around a gun. The Airacobra was never outstanding in aerial combat, and was shunned by the American and British pilots. However, it was excellent for low-level operations. This helps to explains the great success of Soviet pilots when flying the P-39 – on the Eastern Front there was very little high altitude flying. Instead, both sides concentrated on tactical operations to support their armies, which in turn forced the German fighter pilots to come down to the altitudes where the P-39 was at its best. Ironically, the designers at Bell created a fighter that poorly fit the operational needs of the U.S. military, but that worked just fine for the low-level tactical air war waged by the Soviet Union. That just goes to show that application is as important as design in the success of a combat plane. It just so happened that it fell to Soviet pilots to maximize the potential of a much maligned American fighter. Sources: and

JC said...

Hi Frank. It's always great to see you around! Are you still playing Steel Beasts?