From: Carnegie, Australia
The U2VS is, as HLYA says, a respectable tac bomber in the medium term (1941-42), before you get the overwhelming numbers of IL-2 models later on. They have gotten a bad reputation because they come in with the typical lousy experience levels and it is difficult to get them up to useful levels. They take lots of casualties when bombing in the daytime. You need to keep them away from Axis units with lots of AAA (same thing applies to the R-Z and I-153BS squadrons, or FB's operating as bombers). But operating as day bombers, with respectable experience levels, they can do significant damage, more than or at least as much as the I model fighter-bombers. And you have literally thousands of them. The only real cost is the 1 AP you spend to create the squadron in the beginning (since you are already spending the armaments to produce the airframes unless you do something like move the factory into a city the Axis is going to capture). There's no pilot system in this game, unlike in WitW, so you can't profit from that pilot experience, unfortunately. Maybe later in the war you will be looking at these guys and wishing they could fly IL-2's or -10's, but they will have done a lot of execution for you in the mean time.
Just to clarify the production of aircraft and AFVs does not consume Armament Points; they consume supplies. Those elements with an A against them in the Production screen consume APs.
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