Do 217 J-2

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Do 217 J-2
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
16.5 tTake-off weight
4.83 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
2 х BMW 801 MLEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
560 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
2 800 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 170 / 1 502/1 100 / 1 412/560 / 719Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png200 % Sl icon.png60 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German twin-engine fighter Do 217 J-2. For other uses, see Do 217 (Family).


GarageImage Do 217 J-2.jpg

The Do 217 J-2 is a rank I German twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.0 (SB). This aircraft was introduced into the game in Update 1.29.

Compared to its predecessor, the Do 217 J-2 is more of a dedicated night-fighter, with radar, a removed crew member to save weight, and no payload options.

General info

Flight Performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
450 434 8 000 34.4 36.1 4.2 4.0 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
486 469 8 000 31.7 33.0 8.0 5.9 750


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
700 300 370 ~3 ~3
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,000 m 2,920 hp 3,046 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,500 m 2,600 hp 2,712 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Fore-cockpit plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 50 mm Bulletproof Glass
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner's plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's upper plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Rear boom plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Aft plate


Offensive armament

The Do 217 J-2 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannons, chin-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (700 rpg = 2,800 total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 131 (13 mm)

The Do 217 J-2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, dorsal turret (500 RPG)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 RPG)

Usage in battles

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Main article: FuG 202

The Do 217 J-2 is equipped with a FuG 202 search radar, located in the nose of the aircraft; a control box which is part of the radar damage model is located behind the pilot.

FuG 202 - Target Detection Radar
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
4,000 m 4,000 m ±30° ±30°

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs Turret 13 mm
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm cannons New 13 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Has access to a target detection radar
  • Heavy nose-mounted armament with great accuracy and 1-second burst mass
  • 20 mm cannons with deadly Minengeschoß that can shred through aircraft
  • Rapid-firing 7.92 mm MG with a lot of ammunition
  • Surprisingly fire resistant


  • Bad manoeuvrability
  • Limited defensive armament (13 mm machine guns)
  • Bad speed due to radar instalment


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In-game description

"Dornier Do 217 J-2 twin-engine night fighter

When production models of a properly functioning FuG 202 Lichtenstein B/C airborne radar appeared, Do 217 J-2 variant night fighters began to be constructed.

Planes of the J-2 variant differed from the J-1 in their lack of a rear bomb bay, which had finally been removed, and in the characteristic ""whiskers"" of their radar antennas which had appeared in the nose section.

The new fighter failed to eliminate the main disadvantages of its predecessor. It was also notable for its low speed and poor manoeuvrability. After radar antennas were installed, the aircraft's aerodynamic resistance was significantly increased, which reduced its already low maximum speed. But now the presence of an airborne radar enabled the fighter crew to detect enemy planes on their own and prepare for an attack in advance.

In addition to the radar, the plane's radio electronic equipment included a FuG 10 short-wave radio set and a radio altimeter of a FuG 101 (with a height measurement range of 0 to 1,500 m) or FuG 101A (0 to 750 m) type. The aircraft also had a Peil G V radio navigation system with a Peil Z 5A or Z 6A automatic radio direction finder and a FuBl 2 blind landing system.

When the British started to regularly actively jam night fighter control radio networks, the radio equipment was improved with the addition of a FuG 16 ultra-short-wave radio set, whose operating band was outside the jamming zone.

Although the 20 mm Oerlikon MG FF/M cannons mounted on the Do 217J had an insufficient rate of fire and poor ballistic characteristics, they were noted for their high reliability. So, the plane's battery of four of these cannons proved to be quite an effective weapon in combat. During firing tests, the cannons of one Do 217 J-2 made 125,000 shots without a single jam.

Not a single wing in the Luftwaffe's night fighter units was completely made up of Do 217s. The more lightweight and high-speed Bf 110 was operated along with the Dorniers.

The first combat use of Do 217 J-2 night fighters took place in the night of May 29, 1943, against British bombers performing a raid over Wuppertal. About 150 British aircraft were detected in the area covered by the II./NJG 1 night fighter wing. The wing deployed 13 Bf 110 fighters and 3 Do 217 J-2s, which managed to shoot down 11 bombers. Meanwhile, one Do 217 J-2 was brought down during takeoff by a British night fighter."


See also

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Dornier Aircraft Corporation (Dornier Flugzeugwerke)
Fighters  Do 17 Z-7
  Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Bombers  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2
  Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1

Germany twin-engine fighters
Messerschmitt  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 109 Z
  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
Heinkel  He 219 A-7
Dornier  Do 17 Z-7 · Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Focke-Wulf  Ta 154 A-1
Junkers  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J