Bf 109 G-14/AS (Italy)

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RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
bf-109g-14as.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/5.3/5.7BR
Class
1 personCrew
3.546 tTake-off weight
2.43 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11500 mCeiling
Daimler-Benz DB-605ASMEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
790 km/hStructural
360 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gunWeapon 2
600 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 1
2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannon (secondary)Setup 2
2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon (secondary)Setup 3
Economy
63000 Rp icon.pngResearch
240000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png11000 / 14838/9820 / 13247/5470 / 7379Repair
68000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1100 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
380 % Sl icon.png360 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the fighter Bf 109 G-14/AS (Italy). For the German version, see Bf 109 G-14. For other versions, see Bf 109 (Family).

Description

GarageImage Bf 109 G-14 AS Italy.jpg


The ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS is a rank IV Italian fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB), 5.3 (RB), and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

The Bf 109 G-14 represents the utmost technological achievement of the Bf 109 Gustav series of aircraft. Like both the G-10 and the G-6, the G-14 can be modified for either bombing duties, intercepting bombers, or improving its firepower against enemy fighter. However, the G-14 both possesses a more powerful engine and better manoeuvrability than its predecessors.

General info

Flight performance

The plane behaves as you would expect from a late Bf-109: great climb rate, powerful armament options (being able to mount two 20 mm or 30 mm gunpods to deal with air targets as well as a similar option for the engine mounted cannon), and BnZ; of course at the cost of poor turning speeds and a sub-par roll rate.

Compared to the regular G-14, it may look like a worse version but it compensates with improved high altitude performance and manoeuvrability in vertical fighting.

With a top speed of 698 km/h at 7,000 m, it's well above most of its competition in terms of high altitude performance which makes it a great bomber interceptor and high altitude fighter. However its rip speed prevents it from diving at high speeds or steep angles. Clever positioning and well planed approaches can make up for these limitations.

In capable hands and with its limitations and strengths in mind it can be one of the best air superiority fighters at its BR, even outperforming the later Bf 109 K-4 or even the P-51H-5-NA.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 666 645 11500 21.2 22.1 16.4 16.4 325
Upgraded 737 698 19.4 20.0 29.6 21.8

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 + -
790 360 460 430 260 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 390 < 450 > 715
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 7,800 m 1,140 hp 1,596 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front and rear of cockpit.
  • 4-8 mm Steel plates on pilot seat.
  • 10 mm Steel plates around pilot's head.
  • 21 mm Steel plate on rear of fuel tank, with 4 mm plates surrounding it on other sides.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Bf 109 G-14/AS (Italy) is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg) + 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)
    • 1 x 30 mm MK 108 cannon, nose-mounted (65 rpg) + 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

The Bf 109 G-14/AS (Italy) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)
  • 2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons, gunpods (wing-mounted) (35 rpg = 70 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, gunpods (wing-mounted) (135 rpg = 270 total)

Usage in battles

Just like its predecessors, the G-14 should generally be utilised as an energy fighter/Boom and Zoomer. While it's fairly more manoeuvrable than other Bf 109's, its increased agility should be used for maintaining high speed and energy rather than dog fighting, since even the G-14 is only passable at best. Due to its excellent energy retention and climb rate, it is exceptionally good at stall fighting, since many fighters will not be able to keep up with its climb rate, giving it the opportunity to put overconfident pilots in vulnerable situations.

When it comes to selecting armament, it is largely dependent on the role the pilot intends to fulfil. Equipping bombs should generally only be considered as a last resort or when air cover is sufficient to facilitate tactical bombing. The very potent 30 mm cannon and gun pods should generally only be done if there is a significant threat from enemy bombers and heavy fighters. Keep in mind that while the 30 mm shells pack a high explosive filling, their muzzle velocity and ballistic coefficient results in a slow and fairly inaccurate shell. If chasing after enemy fighters, with a minimal profile exposed, it is not unusual to see 30 mm shells doing minimal damage to wings due to not detonating. Ideally, the 30 mm should only be fired against large frame aircraft from angles at which they expose the most of the planes frame to ensure a detonation within the airframe. Keep also in mind that the Mk 108 only carries 65 rounds of ammo for the center-mounted cannon, and 35 per gun pod, making trigger pulls very costly (especially considering it's fire rate). As for belt selections for the Mk 108, it should generally be anything but the default belt due to the higher content of minengeschoss shells, beyond that it is personal preference since the difference is only cosmetic.

Adding the twin 20 mm MG 151 gun pods, will substantially increase the G-14's fighting potential and longevity against other enemy fighters, due to carrying a total of 250 extra rounds. Additionally, the 20 mm's ballistic trajectory is very similar to the 13mm machine guns, allowing for firing both weapons simultaneously at an enemy target. However keep in mind that the gun pods will run out of ammunition faster than the centre-mounted one, so if it happens, it is usually a good indication of when it is time to head back to reload, as not much ammo will usually remain in the center mounted one afterwards. As for belts, it should generally be stealth or air targets, since every other belt option either sacrifices explosive content and contains more tracer rounds in exchange for better ground attack capabilities which are very poor even with the armoured targets belt.

Finally, keep in mind it is possible to carry both 13 mm, 20 mm and 30 mm weaponry, however due to the 30 mm's aforementioned poor ballistic properties, it should be mapped to fire on a different button. Also remember that while gun pods can be swapped while on the airfield in game, the centre-mounted cannon can't and can only be changed from the hangar.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 13 mm ETC 500/IXb I
II Compressor Airframe New 13 mm MGs MK 108 cannon
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm Offensive 30 mm R6 modification
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons New 30 mm cannons R5 modification

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast climb rate with an optimal climbing speed of 250 km/h (IAS)
  • Good dive speed
  • Powerful and accurate armament with gun pods
  • Good engine performance compared to the G-6
  • Good rear visibility compared to the G-2
  • The most manoeuvrable rank IV Bf 109 in War Thunder, thanks to the working leading slats
  • Outstanding energy retention
  • Powerful anti-air armaments with the ability to mount three 20mm MG151 autocannons capable of destroying any plane you come across
  • Can WEP for significantly longer without overheating the engine than any other Bf-109 variant

Cons:

  • Not very manoeuvrable compared to other fighters at its BR range
  • Very bad compression
  • The standard 20 mm armament is lacking vs. heavy armoured targets such as tanks and pillboxes
  • Belt options for the 20 mm MG 151 cannon outside of stealth or air targets serve little purpose as it offers no substantial anti-armour capabilities
  • The rip speed is 790 km/h which makes power dives impossible
  • Many allied are faster in a straight line
  • Cockpit visibility by far not as good as in the Fw 190s or most allied fighters
  • Needs all performance upgrades to shine
  • Its only capable anti-armour weapon is a single 250 kg SC250JA bomb

History

In 1943, the Bf 109 G-6 entered service, while its performance was less then stellar, its worth derived from the ability to be easily modified into dedicated fighter bomber, high altitude interceptor or reconnaissance. likewise great care was taken to make sure the G6 could fit heavy armament for attacking bombers, which were beginning to appear in force over Germany, and the shortcoming of the Fw 190's at high altitude became increasingly apparent.

In 1944, the RLM, wishing to standardize fighter production, approved the Bf 109 G-14, which essentially a standardized version of the 109, with all improvements found on late production G-6's, including an enlarged vertical tail surface, a new canopy and Flettner tabs, for better control at higher speeds. to easy construction, it had a non retracting tail wheel, and the distinctive bulges on the upper cowling, which housed the breechlocks of the machine guns.

In addition the new G-14 was fitted with a DB605ASM engine. itself a heavily modified engine also used in the early G-6. It features Watermethanol injection, and an enlarged supercharger which is taken directly off a DB506, meaning the engine has better performance at high altitude, while conversely, it has less output at lower altitudes.

Serving alongside the 109 G-10 and K-4 in the later stages of the war, it proved to be a less then stellar performer, being outperformed by the newest types the Western Allies brought into service. However, it performed admirably in its role, and with a good pilot, was more then a match for the large majority of the Allied aircraft.

Media

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

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


Bavarian Aircraft Corporation (Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Aktiengesellschaft (BFW)*)
Bf 109  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 B-1 · Bf 109 E-1 · Bf 109 E-3 · Bf 109 E-4 · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop · Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 K-4 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 Z
Bf 110  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2
Me 410  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Bombers  Me 264
Jet Fighters  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
Export  ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · ▄Bf 109 G-2 · Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 110 G-4
Captured  ▃Bf 109 F-4
  * BFW was later renamed Messerschmitt Aktiengesellschaft (AG) on 11 July 1938. All aircraft currently in production at this time retained the designation Bf while those developed after this date had the designation Me.

Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7 · G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN · Re.2002 Early · Re.2005 serie 0
Macchi  C.200 serie 3 · C.200 serie 7 · C.202 · C.202EC · C.205 serie 1 · C.205 serie 3 · C.205N2
  Foreign:
Germany  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · ▄Bf 110 G-4
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
Romania  IAR-81C