A-20G-30 (USSR)

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▂A-20G-30
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Description

As a part of the Lend-Lease program, several variants of the American A-20 Havoc were sent to the Soviet Union to aid in their war effort against Nazi Germany. The A-20G variant in particular made up a significant portion of the delivery. As with several lend-lease aircraft the Soviets received from the Western Allies, Soviet engineers modified some of these vehicles to fit them with domestic equipment, either for the sake of logistics or to potentially improve its capabilities. The lend-lease A-20 Havoc is in the latter case, albeit to an extreme degree. The Soviets deemed that the Havoc's performance was "overpowered", so instead of using its intended payload of four 250 lb bombs or eight rockets, Soviet engineers decided to push the Havoc's weightlifting capacity to its limits by adding extra bomb racks to allow the plane to accept more bombs of various size, effectively doubling its payload size at the cost of worsened flight performance. Following a period of familiarization, the A-20 Havoc was generally liked by Soviet airmen, who deemed the aircraft's ease of use and maintenance, its high top speed and agility, and large payload limit to be its greatest strengths. In the end, the Soviet ended up being the biggest operator of the Havoc, with 3,414 Havocs being delivered, a number even higher than a Havoc in service with the USAAF.

Introduced in Update "Fire and Ice", the ▂A-20G-30 Havoc is an alternative to the lend-lease B-25J Mitchell, featuring more versatile payload and agility at the cost of survivability. The Soviet Havoc is a huge step-up compared to its American counterparts in terms of payload, being able to carry much bigger bombs and heavier overall payload. This allows the Soviet Havoc to excel at ground-pounding, base bombing, or close air support. However, other than its payload, the Soviet Havoc is identical to its American counterpart at a much lower BR, and as such it often struggles against faster and more advanced aircraft, especially while carrying heavy payloads.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 048 m510 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude7 224 m
Engine2 х Wright R-2600-23
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight12 t

The Soviet A-20 performs exactly the same as its American counterpart. It is reasonably fast and manoeuvrable for its type, yet has worse energy retention and handling compared to a fighter. Though due to the Soviet modified the Havoc to carry a much heavier payload than it was originally designed, its performance dramatically worsens as a result with the more payload you carry.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 492 475 7224 35.2 36.2 7.7 7.7 604
Upgraded 535 510 33.0 34.0 12.7 10.1

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
696 296 428 406 295 ~6 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 320 < 300 > 320

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear296 km/h

The A-20G-30 is rather well-protected. It sports 3 defensive .50 calibre guns, two in a dorsal turret capable of complete rotation, the other in a limited arc under the aircraft's tail. As for the armour, the pilot is protected by 57 mm bulletproof glass and several 12.7 mm steel plates in front of and behind, and 8 mm plates to his sides. The only thing to look out for is the chance of the tail section ripping off at a higher rate than its other bomber and ground attacking comrades.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB810 Sl icon.png
RB1 363 Sl icon.png
SB2 872 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts115 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 80 / 170 / 350 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Airframe
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Cover
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Engine injection
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EFS
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FAB-100
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bmg50_turret_belt_pack
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FAB-250
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AN-M64A1 BOX
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FAB-500
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45-36АН
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FAB-1000

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The A-20G-30 (USSR) is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 2,100 total)

Suspended armament

The A-20G-30 (USSR) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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50 kg FAB-50sv bombs 1* 1* 4, 16 1* 1*
100 kg FAB-100sv bombs 1* 1* 4, 16 1* 1*
250 kg FAB-250sv bombs 1* 1* 1 1 1* 1*
500 kg FAB-500sv bombs 1 1
1,000 kg FAB-1000 bombs 1 1
500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs 4
450 mm 45-36NU torpedoes 1 1
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 2,160 kg
Maximum permissible wing load: 1,080 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,080 kg
* 50/100 kg bombs and 250 kg bombs cannot be mixed within each wing (hardpoints 1/2 and hardpoints 6/7)
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 8 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (400 kg total)
  • 16 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (800 kg total)
  • 8 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (800 kg total)
  • 16 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg FAB-1000 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 450 mm 45-36NU torpedoes

Defensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The A-20G-30 (USSR) is defended by:

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

The tail section of the plane creates a big blind spot for the dorsal turret. Be careful when enemies approach from behind because you will not be able to hit targets directly behind you.

Usage in battles

The A-20G-30 was a modification of the American A-20G-25, thus it excels at attacking soft targets such as howitzers and SPAA. The 6 x .50 calibre guns situated in the nose are fully capable of destroying light pillboxes en masse. While still capable of hitting bases with its 2 x 1,000 kg bombs, this aircraft is more effective with loads that contain larger numbers of bombs for soft targets.

With the 6 forward-facing .50 calibre guns and a decent turn time and rate of climb for a twin-engine aircraft, the A-20G-30 is well suited for the role of heavy fighter. Be warned, the A-20G-30 does not have the energy retention of dedicated heavy fighters like the Bf 110's in the German tech tree. This could lead to the aircraft being destroyed in such a dogfight.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Large payload size and options
  • Has an access to custom loadout
  • Good top speed and overall handling for its class, especially without payload
  • Effective offensive armament
  • Has tricycle landing gear, able to take off and land on small airfields

Cons:

  • Effectively the same plane as its American counterpart but at a significantly higher BR in RB and SB, can be easily outclassed especially in an uptier
  • Lacklustre turn time, flight performance will be worsened the more payload you carry
  • Poor energy retention, especially with wing payloads
  • Limited defensive coverage, its tail section blocks a large portion of the dorsal turret's firing arc
  • Weak tail section that can be easily snapped off by autocannons it commonly faces at the BR

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Po  Po-2 · Po-2M
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