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Re: Shturmovik Il-2 and Il-10
The Il-2 (and later Il-10) engines IIRC began as Italian Macchi engines in
the 1930s but by the time the 10 went into production had little in common
with them other than the V-12 arrangement.
The Il-10 was the ulitmate development of the WWII Soviet "shturmovik" or
assault aviation (e.g. ground attack) aircraft. It was optimized for low
altitude performance and carried a gunner and pilot. The pilot had twin 23mm
guns which fired a heavier projectile than any of the 20mm guns then in
service. They were also the main carrier platform for the original RS-132
series rockets, which were later evolved into the BM-13 "Katyusha" rockets
used by the Soviet Ground Forces.
All of the Il-10 units, including the one in the KPAFAC, were designated as
"Shturmovaya" or ground attack and used for that function.