Recently there was some "re-evaluation" of air support in CoH 2. Still, one old issue seems to go untouched by the dev team. This is the Tactical IL-2 Sturmovik Attacks of the Soviet Advanced Warfare Commander (who came with Make Love Not War 1).
Ability Name : Tactical IL-2 Sturmovik Attacks
Commanders w/ this ability : Advanced Warfare Tactics
CP : 8
Cost : 90MUN
Cooldown : 120secs
Short Description :
The ability, after dropping smoke on targeted location, calls an IL-2 Sturmovik that strafes a linear zone, in a single-pass, with 23mm cannons. As the in-game description says, it is supposed to be good "against soft-targets" (which I understand as infantry, weapon teams and light armor).
The main issue is that this ability fails to deal any serious damage on light vehicles and/or infantry (not to mention medium/heavy tanks). It even fails to kill a single member of a Wehrmacht weapon team like MG/mortar. Instead it drops the health down to 2/3...
One REALLY WEIRD behavior...
When dealing rear hits on a light vehicle (like the Sdkfz 222), most of the time, it deals some damage (about 30%) although on rare occasions it may deal even more. It seems to be able to reliably destroy or severly damage a light vehicle when hitting the sides (not the the front). As targets I used the Sdkfz 222, the M5 Halftruck and the BM-21 Katyusha. All these targets behaved the same, when hit from rear/front damage was at most 30% while side hits resulted 90%-100% damage.
I think that this ability is simply messed up and needs some serious review/redesign/fix.