The Sturmovik is a fixture in Warplanes, starting at tier IV and all the way to tier X you will see at least one of these aircraft in every battle; sometimes flown by a bot and sometimes by a player. In both cases you need to know what these aircraft are capable of in order to use them to gain victory or counter their effect quickly.
Here we are taking a look at the tier VI entry from the line: the IL-2t. This aircraft is what happened when the Soviets found out that their IL pilots and ground crews had decided that they did not like their aircraft getting shot up by Zee Germans with no ability to fight back. You see, the original IL-2 was a one man aircraft and had no gunner. If you want to get an idea of what that miserable experience was like go fly the tier V IL-2 or the tier IV BSh-2 Sturmovik prototype. The pilots and groundcrews defaced the initial IL-2s by cutting out a position for a man with a machine gun to sit in. Rather than shoot all of these men for their disobedience the Soviets considered that perhaps it wasn't a good idea to send a big, slow, unmanueverable aircraft into contested skies in an attempt for the lucky ones to reach the intended targets and blow them up. The IL-2 was redesigned with a larger crew cabin, heavier defensive armament and other improvements to increase survivability.
The result of this redesign was the IL-2t. This is the Sturmovik of Russian legend that the Germans called "Black Death", and she was very effective in her role. This carries over into Warplanes; at tier VI there is no better aircraft for quickly gaining a Supremacy advantage via the quick elimination of ground targets and this should be the focus of the IL-2t during Phase I of any battle. To be clear, Phase I of a battle in Warplanes when flying the Sturmovik means from the beginning of the match until your IL-2t has run out of rockets and bombs, though Phase I can end earlier than that if the furball above drifts over where the IL-2t is target farming.
Though she turns and twirls about as well as a hippo in a tutu, the Sturmovik can get the drop on the unwary or unskilled. Know the enemy you are trying to ambush well and stack the deck and circumstances in your favor; you may only get one chance to shoot them down or at least cripple their aircraft before they are on your tail, and then you must depend upon a competently skilled rear gunner to seal the deal.
This is the last review featuring footage from the Japanese Threat event; I must admit that I am missing the event horribly already.