Most of us had suspected that the next update for IL-2: Battle of Kuban would land sometime next week at the earliest, however, Update 2.008 was released today and it brings with it a series of updates, two new aircraft, and one major modification to another aircraft. It’s a lot to take in!
Update 2.008 brings with it two new aircraft in the form of the FW190A-5 and the He111H-16. Both of these are variants of pre-existing aircraft (the He111H-6 and FW190A-3), however, they bring with them a significant set of changes to their armaments and performance that make them well suited to being a part of the Battle of Kuban scenario.
The FW190A-5 is both fighter and fighter-bomber (a “Jabo”) and it comes with a wider variety of air-to-ground ordinance and gunpods that the A-3 model doesn’t have. It also has a new engine boost option (up to 1.65ATA) for low level fighter-bomber high speed dashes.
The He111H-16 is a later modification of the Heinkel bomber series. A bigger payload than the H-6, more powerful engines, and more potent defensive firepower are the highlights of this aircraft.
Also “new” is a engine modification for the La-5 Series 8 Collector Plane. The M-82F engine brings with it higher tolerances and was able to run at high boost (at low altitude) for an unlimited amount of time instead of the 5 minute limit of the M-82 engine that we’re familiar with La-5.
This effectively makes the La-5 with M-82F engine a very early La-5F. Visually the aircraft is essentially identical but its low altitude power is enhanced. Some have questioned if this was a historical loadout and the answer is… Yes. Early La-5F models or late La-5 models were retrofitted with the new engine at roughly the same time.
- FW190A-5 and He111H-16 added for Battle of Kuban owners
- La-5 with M-82F and an unlimited engine boost time
- New missions created by community members Juri_JS and Coconut
- Bf110G-2 gun damage bug corrected
- AI updates including taxiing corrections, ground attack updates, and the AI being less likely to fixate on the players aircraft
EDIT: February 28 at 11:45 pm with new screen shots