A7He1

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A7He1
a7he1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.0/2.3BR
Class
1 personCrew
2.25 tTake-off weight
2.56 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8000 mCeiling
Junkers Jumo 210СEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
730 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm MG FF cannonWeapon 1
120 roundsAmmunition
560 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
1000 roundsAmmunition
1150 shots/minFire rate
Economy
550 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2380/1500/720Repair
1400 Sl icon.pngCrew training
9000 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
110 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png30 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium Japanese fighter A7He1. For the native German version, see He 112 B-0.

Description

GarageImage A7He1.jpg


The A7He1 is a premium rank I Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/SB) and 2.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.37 and costs 550 Golden Eagles Ge icon.png. The A7He1 is the exact copy of the He 112 B-0 from the Luftwaffe.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,800 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 482 466 8000 20.0 20.8 11.0 11.0 250
Upgraded 525 502 18.0 19.0 17.3 13.8

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 + -
730 450 520 520 320 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 280 < 320 < 360 > 315

Survivability and armour

The A7He1 has no armour protection, but the fuel tanks are self-sealing. All the major modules are located in the nose and wing roots of the plane. This means the pilot and major modules have very little protection, although from the front the engine can absorb shots before they injure the pilot.

  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks

Armaments

Offensive armament

The A7He1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG FF cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

The offensive weapons are equal to the Bf 109 E-3 with one exception: the nose-mounted machine guns have half the ammo. While this seems to be a drawback for the He 112/A7He1, it really is not. With 500 rounds per gun, the Heinkel will not run out of ammo any time soon.

The MG 17's major advantage comes in handy for adjusting shots at long range. The 7.92 mm bullet has better bullet ballistics than the 20 mm MG FF, but they can still be used for predicting the bullet drop of the 20 mm cannon shells. Keep in mind that the MG 17's successor, the 13 mm MG 131, has the same ballistics as the MG 17; a decision made in real life to allow pilots to immediately use the new MG without having to adjust for a change bullet behaviour.

On paper, the A7He1 appears to be quite well armed, having two machine guns and two MG FF cannons. However, the cannons are quite underwhelming, especially with the Air targets belt. Many of the belts rounds seem to explode on the surface of enemy aircraft, damaging external features such as control surfaces, but doing very little internal damage. Sometimes, multiple hits can be placed on an aircraft with little or no effect. It is best to aim for flaps, particularly ailerons and elevators. This means that if an aircraft can't be knocked out of the sky, it can be forced to crash due to loss of control.

The A7He1 suits naval battles, especially naval RBs. Compared to other early German and Japanese aircraft which have poor-penetrating 7.92/7.7mm machine guns, the A7He1 has two powerful cannons which can deal a lot of damage, especially to small boats. The stealth belt suits this method best, as this belt has lots of APHE shots.

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 Not controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good firepower
  • Good speed
  • Good stability
  • Small size
  • Plenty of machine gun ammo, decent back-up after cannon ammunition runs out
  • Quite manoeuvrable
  • Decent roll rate
  • Has WEP unlike previous He 112s

Cons:

  • Mediocre sustained turn rate
  • Low cannon ammunition count
  • MG FF cannons don't provide the punch as expected of the calibre
  • Ineffective against large bombers
  • No armour or protection whatsoever
  • Ineffective at ground attack
  • Does not contend well against Spitfires and Hurricanes, which are common at the rank
  • Poor handling at high speeds

History

As the He 112 was phased out of German service in favour for the Bf 109, the Germans started considering to export the He 112's instead. The first nation placing an order was Japan, who ordered 30 He 112 B-0's to be used on the Chinese front by the Navy. The Japanese Naval designation for the He 112 B-0 was A7He1, as the A6M was already green lighted but still in tweaking stage.

As the first 12 He 112 B-0 arrived, the Navy started comparing and testing their new purchase. As the Navy compared the A7He To the A5M. Out of this they concluded that the A7He is quite the speed demon compared to the A5M but lacks all maneuverability and climbing speed. Due this, the Navy scrapped the plan for frontline usage and used the A7He1 for training and teaching purposes. It was also used to research the wing design, engine, landing gear and auxiliary technology. In addition, a single A7He1 has been passed down to the Second Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Imperial University.

The remaining order of He 112 B-0's has been cancelled due to delays and considered inferior to domestic Japanese plane design / doctrine. These planes have been transferred to the Condor Legion to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

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Heinkel Aircraft Company (Heinkel Flugzeugwerke)
Fighters  He 51 A-1 · He 51 B-1 · He 51 B-2/H · He 51 C-1 · He 51 C-1/L
  He 100 D-1
  He 112 A-0 · He 112 B-0 · He 112 V-5
Jet fighters  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Twin-engine fighters  He 219 A-7
Bombers  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16
  He 177 A-5
Export  He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2 · A7He1

Japan fighters
Navy 
Carrier-based fighter 
A5M  A5M4 · Hagiri's A5M4
A6M  A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2 · A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko · A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu
A7He  A7He1*
A7M  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
Land-based Fighter 
J2M  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
J6K  J6K1
J7W  J7W1
N1K-J  N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Fighter seaplane 
N1K  N1K1
A6M-N  A6M2-N
Army 
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
Ki-43  Ki-43-I · Ki-43-II · Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-I 34 · Ki-44-II otsu · Ki-44-II hei
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I hei Tada's · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 otsu · Ki-84 hei
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Other countries  ▅F4U-1A · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5
  *Imported designation of the He 112 (A6M was in development - A7M wasn't heard of yet)

Japan premium aircraft
Fighters  Hagiri's A5M4 · A7He1 · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
  Ki-44-II otsu · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅F4U-1A · Ki-100-II · Ki-44-I 34
  ▅Fw 190 A-5 · A7M1 (NK9H) · Ki-61-I hei Tada's
  J2M4 Kai · A6M5 Ko · J2M5 · Ki-87 · J6K1
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-96
Jet fighters  F-86F-40 JASDF▅
Bombers  Ki-21-I hei · H8K3 · ▅B-17E