A-4H (Israel)

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A-4H
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Description

The A-4H Skyhawk is a rank VI Israeli strike aircraft with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB), 8.3 (RB), and 8.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Winged Lions".

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 0 m1 087 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EnginePratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,074 1,063 12500 34.7 35.9 40.8 40.3 1,000
Upgraded 1,102 1,087 33.6 34.0 70.2 55.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,167 437 592 562 410 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 700 < 490 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A 1 4,749 kg 299 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,489 kg 5,992 kg 6,613 kg 7,217 kg 11,113 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,754 kgf N/A 0.68 0.63 0.57 0.52 0.34
Optimal 3,754 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.68 0.63 0.57 0.52 0.34

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear437 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 700 → 5 028 Sl icon.png
RB10 230 → 13 902 Sl icon.png
SB19 000 → 25 821 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications161 500 Rp icon.png
255 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts500 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 230 / 600 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
590 Ge icon.png
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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G-suit
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
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aden_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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100/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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MK 77 Mod 4
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
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aden_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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250/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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LAU-3/A
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod Mk 4 Mod 0
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
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500/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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LAU-10/A
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Mk11_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
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Mk84
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Main article: DEFA 552 (30 mm)

The A-4H (Israel) is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons, belly-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (17)
Setup 120 x 100/50 kg G.P. bomb
Setup 214 x 250/50 kg G.P. bomb
Setup 33 x 360/50 kg G.P. bomb
Setup 45 x 500/50 G.P. bomb
Setup 51 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 61 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
6 x 250/50 kg G.P. bomb
Setup 71 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
2 x 500/50 G.P. bomb
2 x 250/50 kg G.P. bomb
Setup 836 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 96 x 100/50 kg G.P. bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 106 x 250/50 kg G.P. bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 111 x 360/50 kg G.P. bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 12171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 136 x 100/50 kg G.P. bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 146 x 250/50 kg G.P. bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 151 x 360/50 kg G.P. bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 163 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon (ammunition: 2 250 rounds)
Setup 1710 x MK 77 Mod 4 Incendiary bomb

The A-4H (Israel) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 20 x 100/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 14 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (3,500 kg total)
  • 3 x 360/50 kg G.P. bombs (1,080 kg total)
  • 5 x 500/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,500 kg total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb + 6 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,407 kg total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb + 2 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs + 2 x 500/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,407 kg total)
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 100/50 kg G.P. bombs (600 kg total)
  • 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 1 x 360/50 kg G.P. bomb (360 kg total)
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 100/50 kg G.P. bombs (600 kg total)
  • 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 1 x 360/50 kg G.P. bomb (360 kg total)
  • 3 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannons (750 rpg = 2,250 total)
  • 10 x MK 77 Mod 4 incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

The A-4H is a versatile aircraft which fits into a wide range of play styles. Varying from close air support (CAS) to base bomber or even as an air superiority fighter. Players who yield such a tool as the A-4H Skyhawk have a lot of options when it comes to play style choices.

Ground Realistic Battles (RB)

For those interested in its CAS abilities, it comes with a wide range of ordnance and a radar warning receiver (RWR). The best way to utilise the plane in this role is to use the ordnance to aid allied ground units in tight situations and clear a path for them to reach their respective objectives. RWR will help you by making you aware of any enemy or allied Anti-Air systems that choose to make you their prey.

Air Battles (AB/RB/SB)

For those interested in Air Battles, there are multiple ways you can make yourself an asset to the team. You can use your very respectable bomb and rocket payloads to help allies destroy enemy bases and ground units to bleed tickets.

The A-4H can also go in light as an air superiority fighter. The plane has a good rate of climb and roll rate, meaning you can employ hit and run tactics on your opponents, or go all-in and get personal with the enemy aircraft. The A-4's biggest opponents are the Mig-15/17 and G.91 R series. The A-4H is a very capable plane in the right hands but is hard to fly, especially against a proven aircraft such as the MiG-17. The poor energy retention can put you at a huge disadvantage against such opponents if you are not careful in managing your air speed. This means that you should only engage in tight and personal fights when you are sure you can finish them quickly and escape. For those who are newer, staying close to allied teammates and helping each other is generally a very effective tactic in the A-4H and generally yields the the best chance for survival and success in the Skyhawk. For those more daring, flying solo is very possible but requires and higher level of awareness and tactical knowledge, the unforgiving nature of the plane depends on it.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent acceleration and climb rate
  • Good roll rate
  • Good instantaneous turn rate
  • Good variety of ground attack ordnance
  • Twin 30 mm DEFA cannons will take down any enemy aircraft
  • Can carry 3 x additional 20 mm Mk11 cannons

Cons:

  • Wings rip easily in tight high speed manoeuvres
  • Low ammo on main guns
  • Poor energy retention
  • Wing slats extend only at very low speeds
  • No air-to-air missiles (AAMs)
  • Only one fuel tank is self-sealing (the one in the fuselage)
  • Carrying heavy payload significantly reduces flight performance

History

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See also

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