The Tier VII-IX part of the U.S.S.R. bombers branch is represented by Tupolev Tu-2 and its successors the Tu-10 and Tu-12. These warplanes are quite similar in features and playstyle, with later models being in fact evolutions upon the most successful Soviet frontline bomber design of the World War II - the Tu-2. The concept of a bomber capable of aerial combat at low and medium altitudes due to powerful forward-facing and defensive armament is obvious in Tupolev machines. From Tier to Tier these aircraft gain improved flight characteristics but retain similar feel and playstyle.
The branch is crowned by the Sukhoi Su-10, also known as Product E. In contrast with the Tu-12 which was an intermediary design between piston-driven and jet-powered bombers, the Su-10 was initially conceived as a jet aircraft. It is faster, has better altitude performance, more powerful armament, and carries eight 500-kg bombs. Firepower from two twin-linked 20-mm cannons in its turrets will make attacking the Su-10 from rear hemisphere fatal for most fighters.
Tier VII-IX aircraft will be available through Special Orders that players can find in Trophies and complete during the Red Comet special. The Sukhoi Su-10 and its rival, the Junkers EF 131, will become available for research and purchase after the Spring Campaign is concluded, and all the players who participated and received multiple achievements in it will get a large discount to both XP and credit requirements. The full branch will become available for regular research after the Red Comet special. In the meantime the Su-10 and EF 131 can be encountered in battles piloted by bots.
Reduced prices in experience for Tiers VIII-X aircraft upgrades:
The settings of the aircraft visibility system have been changed in order to increase the utility of using concealing paint schemes, as well as the effect of the new Navigational Radio Equipment:
The use of seasonal concealing paint schemes (summer, winter, desert, marine) with the effect of +20% to aircraft concealment on the corresponding map types will reduce the distance of the aircraft's detection by an average of 200 m for aircraft of all Tiers. The use of Navigational Radio Equipment can further increase this effect up to 500 m. These changes will not influence other paint schemes' effects (protection from AA guns and gunners).
Clouds' concealment effect slightly decreased. This will increase the comfort of playing on maps with dense clouds. However, the clouds' concealment effect will remain quite significant and will reduce the detection distance by an average of 200 m.
In cases when there are no concealment effects and no crew skills or equipment increasing the view range, the detection range will be approximately 1,650 m for Tier I-IV aircraft, 2,000 m for Tier V-VII aircraft, and 2,500 m for Tier VIII-X aircraft. Like before, the detection range will be equal for all aircraft types.
Visible area on the Radar now covers 4500 / 3000 / 1500 meters for Tiers I-IV, 6000 / 4000 / 2000m for Tiers V-VII and 7500 / 5000 / 2500m for Tiers VIII-X. A circle visible on the radar when Alt is pressed represents average distance of enemy detection for the aircraft Tier. If an enemy is inside that circle it most probably can see the player's aircraft as well.
Aircraft behavior in stall has been changed. Stall will now become more controlled and easy to recover from.
Temporary crossing between bomber and attack aircraft branches between Pe-2 M-82 and Il-8 is no longer available.
Settings for bomber waves in Escort game mode have been changed. Their HP count was increased for all battle Tiers. Numbers of bombers in waves and waves themselves have been rebalanced for all map layouts (increased for some and decreased for others).
Added 5 new map layouts based on Plateau map for Conquest game mode Tier VII-X battles:
Added unique paint schemes for a number of aircraft from regular research trees to the Hangar "Paint Shop" tab.
These were previously only available as part of rewards for completing Special Orders or prizes for in-game events. Same as all the other non-concealing paint schemes, these provide +5% bonus to aircraft XP gain in battles.
The list of aircraft is as follows: