Update 1.45 “Steel Generals”

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Update 1.45 "Steel Generals" (changelog) was introduced on 16 December 2014. It is most notable for adding American Ground Forces into the game.

New Vehicles

Ground Vehicles

USA

USA First stage of test (more information)

Light Tanks

Medium Tanks

Anti-Air Vehicles

USSR

Germany

Aircraft

USA

Germany

USSR

Great Britain

Japan

Game changes

Ground Forces Ammunition

Damage Model (ground forces)

Technical characteristics of vehicles (ground forces)

  • For 10,5 cm Tiger II and Panther II, the engine was replaced with the HL 234 engine project with 900 hp power.
  • Panther II transmission was replaced with one similar to those that were installed on this Tiger II.
  • T-34-85: Changes were made to the following characteristics: combat weight, engine rpm, elevation angles (maximum elevation angle was changed from 28° to 22° degrees), maximum turret traverse speed (from 15 to 25 degrees per second). Based on “Руководство по материальной части танка Т-34″. – Военное издательство Министерства вооруженных сил СССР, Москва, 1949 г.(“Manual to the material part of the T-34″- Military Publishing House of the Armed Forces Ministry USSR, Moscow, 1949)
  • IS-3: Combat weight was changed from 45.8t to 48t. Based on “Руководству по материальной части и эксплуатации Танка ИС-3”. – Москва, 1955 г. (“Manual to material part and operation of the of the IS-3 tank” – Moscow, 1955)
  • Flakpanzer IV Ostwind, combat load increased from 320 to 1000 shells

Game mechanics (ground forces)

  • Tow cables have been added (see devblog)
  • Artillery strike principles have been changed (see devblog)
  • Repair assistance from teammates has been added
  • Ground vehicle behavior on different surfaces and with collisions has been improved
  • In realistic and simulator tank battles different combinations of War Thunder nations are available simultaneously in one battle:
USSR vs Germany
USSR vs USA
USA vs Germany
USSR+USA vs German
USSR+Germany vs USA
Every combination could be set for every rank and every location.

Game mechanics (air forces)

  • Enemy contacts that have been spotted by allies are now visible to players at a distance of up to 8km (additional 30%)
  • Telescopic sights on aircraft that have them fitted now have a view similar to the sniper view that ground vehicles currently have.
  • Kill credit for Realistic and Simulator battles has been changed. Now, if you shoot off the wing or tail of an enemy who is not close to his airfield, the opponent will be counted as immediately destroyed.

Damage Model (air forces)

  • Damage model on all aircraft has been overhauled: shapes for inner and outer modules has been specified.
  • Mechanics for wing and tail loss on random spots has been added.

Air Forces Ammunition

  • Fixed error in “New machine gun” and “New cannon” modifications, which led to wrong parameters for overheating and spread being applied. Now an overheat will occur a bit later than it was before and spread will be smaller.

Flight Model

  • Fuel consumption and control stiffening are corrected for F4U series.
  • MiG-15’s weight distribution and gear characteristics have been adjusted.
  • Fw-190-F8. Fixed calculation of the pod module R3 in relation to flight characteristics on the stat cards of the modification (analytic calculations).
  • Fixed a bug where in the aircraft with un-retractable landing gear, the instructor mistakenly believed that the player has released them by themselves and began to use flaps for landing, which resulted in wrong behavior of the aircraft in the air.
  • Boomerang Mk.I has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • Boomerang Mk.II has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • Boston Mk.I has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • DB-7 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • A-20G – rudder control efficiency has been increased.
  • P-400 – flight model has been updated.
  • P-39-N-0/N-0-USSR/Q-5/Q-15 flight models has been updated.
  • XP-50 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • IL-2 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • IL-2M has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • IL-2M “Avenger” has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • IL-10 (1946) has been tuned according to data sheet
  • Flight models of Yak-3 and Yak-3P have been updated
  • Tu-2 line have been tuned according to data sheets.
  • LaGG-3 of the 8-th series has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • LaGG-3 of the 11-th series has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • LaGG-3 of the 23-d series has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • BTD-1 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • A6M3 (zeke 32) has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • P-26 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • P-40 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • P-38G has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • P-51 Mustangs (all modifications) have been tuned according to data sheets
  • Spitfire Mk I and Mk II have been tuned according to data sheets
  • Do-217-M1 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • Flight models of Bf 109 G and K series have been updated
  • Flight models of Typhoon Mk Ia and Ib have been updated
  • Ki-43-II Otsu has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • J2M3 has been tuned according to data sheet.
  • B-25 and PBJ-1 series – rudder efficiency has been increased
  • D3A1 – flight model has been updated, added take off mode to engine

Camouflages and decals

  • US tank decals have been added.
  • New Axis Air Forces decals have been added
  • New squadron decals have been added (Axis (emblems))
  • New Allied Air Forces decals have been added
  • Camouflages that were temporarily made unavailable for selection by players have now been returned. Achievements have been added to unlock them. For people who own these vehicles and who log into the game in the first week after 1.45 has been released will have these camouflages added for free:
    • He 111H-6 – “Torpedo plane camouflage”
    • LaGG-3-23 – “Bicolor camouflage”, “Winter camouflage”
    • Yak-3 – “Grey-blue camouflage 1″
    • DB-7 – “Vichy Air Force camouflage”
    • A6M2 USA- “”"V-103″” Camouflage”
    • Yak-15 – “Unicolor camouflage”
    • XP-50 – “Olive-Green camouflage”
    • Lа-7b-20 – “Grey-Blue camouflage”
    • F9F-5 – “Unpainted camouflage”, “Partly painted camouflage”
    • Yak-3P – “Grey-blue camouflage 2”, “Grey camouflage”
    • Ki-84 ko – “Brown camouflage”
    • La-15- “Unpainted camouflage”, “Blue nose”
    • LaGG-3-4 – “Winter camouflage”, “Finnish Air Force camouflage”
    • Т-34 1940 – “Forest camouflage”

New Locations

New missions

Graphics

  • Transition between Levels of Detail has been improved.
  • Render in aircraft and tank modes has been optimized.

Interface

  • New hangar and “To Battle!” button interface implemented.(see devblog)
  • Some of the graphical settings that previously needed client restarts to be applied now will be applied automatically.
  • “Show the status of the tank modules” button assignment now renamed to “Show the status of vehicle modules”.
  • “Show the status of the tank modules” button assignment now moved from “Tank controls” to “Miscellaneous”
  • Button “Show the status of the tank modules” now assigned to “O(letter)” by default. For players who uses their own control setup the keybinding will not change, but it will for players who use default settings.
  • PS4: ‘Look back’ and ‘Look down’ cameras now work properly when assigned in Controls
  • PS4: In chat interface, ‘Copy selected player’s name to input line’ added to context menu

Smaller updates that came afterwards

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