A-20G-25 Havoc

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General info

A-20G-25 Havoc in the garage.

The A-20G-25 Havoc is a Rank II American attacker with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 3.0 (RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test as the A-20G-30 before being remodeled and renamed in Update 1.47 "Big Guns" to the A-20G-25.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The A-20 is classified as an attacker, which carries both good and bad traits compared to "real" bombers. The main advantage is it's strong offensive armament (comparable to that of many U.S fighters), which allows it to engage other aircraft or to strafe soft ground targets. Additionally, it carries an excellent defensive armament, with 2x 12.7mm machine guns mounted in a dorsal turret, and a single 12.7mm machine gun in a hatch below the tail. However, in-game attackers are treated differently than bombers, spawning at lower altitude and in Realistic Mode they do not benefit from a bombsight.

Due to its lack of manuverability, turn fighting or energy fighting enemy aircraft is extremely ill-advised, since the A-20G isn't capable of outturning anything (even heavy fighters), and it's energy retention is very poor. If one must engage an enemy fighter, either make sure to have a significant energy advantage in order to use boom-and-zoom tactics, or try to provoke them into a head-on pass, since not much can compete with the A-20G's armament. If an enemy plane avoids a head on engagement, it is likely better to avoid turning, and use the speed of this plane to either get to help or to allow your gunners to engage the fighters. Often, the best defensive tactic is to stay at very low altitude in to force the enemy into the dorsal turret's coverage area and hope it can deal with it, as the A-20G is hopeless in any kind of combat manuvering otherwise.

Vehicle characteristics

The A-20G-25 possesses a fairly standard loadout of 6 x 12.7mm machine guns like many regular fighters in the U.S tech tree. However unlike the fighters, the machine guns on the A-20 are mounted solely in the nose. This allows for a much more focused cone of fire at range since convergence is not a significant factor, meaning that the A-20G will have an easier time hitting targets, but hardened ground targets like light and medium tanks will be easier to kill due to the fact that bullets are not converging from an angle, increasing penetration.

In general, either stealth or universal belts are recommendable for most situations. While the ground targets belt does make it feasible to kill medium tanks with the 12.7mm machine guns, the angles required for dealing damage are so specific, you end up putting a fairly unmanoeuvrable plane at risk of crashing.

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great armament consisting of 6x 12.7mm machine guns that are all mounted in the nose.
  • Defensive armament
  • Decent acceleration and speed
  • Decent protection
  • Can take a lot of damage from similarly tiered planes before going down
  • Powerful payload

Cons:

  • Poor turn rate
  • Poor climb rate
  • Large target
  • Poor energy retention.
  • Bazooka rocket positioning makes direct hits difficult
  • Despite having largely superior flight characteristics compared to other bombers, it will still get outperformed by any fighter in a dogfight.
  • Performing a barrel roll in level flight, will fuel starve your engines
  • Pulling negative G's will starve the engines in realistic battle mode

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, chin-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)

Defensive armaments

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, ventral turret (400 rpg)

Payloads

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright R-2600-23 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1486 hp (Stock), 1702 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1560 hp (Stock), 1777 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 898 kg
Name: Wright R-2600-23 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1471 hp (Stock), 1585 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1545 hp (Stock), 1660 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 898 kg
Name: Wright R-2600-23 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1471 hp (Stock), 1585 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1545 hp (Stock), 1660 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 898 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 491 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 35.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 532 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 32.6. s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 476 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 36.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 7.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 510 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 34.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 476 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 36.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 7.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 510 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,224 m
  • Turn Time: 34.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 604 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)




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0.66
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1.98
2.64
3.3
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

In 1936 a design team from Douglas Aircraft set out to create a light bomber. The design would be based around a high mounted wing and tricycle landing gear. It was to be powered by a pair of 450hp Pratt & Whitney engines. It was know as the Douglas Model 7A. The projected was shelved with design work nearly half way completed. Based on information from the Spanish Civil War, the U.S. Army put of a specification for a new airplane. The requirements was a cruising speed of 200mph and a range of 1200 miles. It was to also consist of a 1200lb bomb load. Douglas then revised the design to meet these requirements. It was knows as the Douglas Model 7B.

A French purchasing commission touring U.S. aircraft companies was informed of the new design. They received permission from the U.S. government to spectate the performance trials. The commision was impressed with the airplane and received further permission to participate in the flight test. The French placed a order for 100 aircraft and was quickly increased to 270. They also requested changes to the aircraft's design including: better range, payload, additional armor, and french specific equipment. This new design was designated DB-7. France was defeated before a majority of the aircraft could be delivered. The remaining aircraft order was diverted to the British and was designated the Boston.

The U.S. Army Air Corps ordered the aircraft in June of 1939. The army requested several changes. The primary change were new engines with superchargers. The aircraft was designated A-20. The original order was for 63 aircraft, with 60 aircraft delivered. The follow on order was for the A-20A without the superchargers, 140 ordered. The A-20G was the first solid nose A-20. Originally armed with 4x 20mm cannons, they were later changed for the M2 Browning. This was also the first A-20 with a powered turret. A total of 2,850 A-20Gs were built.

The US, France, Britain, and Russia all made extensive use of the A-20. Used in France and Russia as low level attackers, the A-20 was considered overpowered, easy to fly, and easy to care for, even by inexperienced and lightly trained crews. The A-20 saw combat in all theaters of World War II. This aircraft filled many roles including: Bomber, Fighter, Recon, Attacker, and Night Fighter.

Screenshots and fan art

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png A-20G-25 Havoc
Nation USA
Manufacture Douglas Aircraft Company (U.S.)
Type Attacker
Fighting style Ground Attack
Strike Fighter
Bombing
Close Air Support

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~7271 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~8558 kg
Takeoff Weight ~12000 kg
Wing Area ~43 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1350 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~545.98 kph at 3048 m
Climb Rate ~10.10 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~246.96 kph
Turn Time ~38.02 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~168.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~16030 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~18867 lb
Takeoff Weight ~26455 lb
Wing Area ~465 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1350 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~339.25 mph at 10000 m
Climb Rate 33.14 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~153.45 mph
Turn Time 38.02 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~34.41 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
3 x M2 Browning 400 RPG
6 x M2/early Browning 350 RPG
Payload Option 1
4 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 2
12 x 🚀 114mm, 17.2kg M8 rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit 663 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~3
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <260 kph
Rudder <320 kph
Elevators <320 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 412 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~3
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <162 mph
Rudder <199 mph
Elevators <199 mph
Radiator >124 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
467 m
1532 ft
100% Enginepower 2700 hp
WEP Enginepower 3200 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
2906 m
9534 ft
100% Enginepower 2550 hp
WEP Enginepower 3022 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)