Fw 190 A-5/U12
|This page is about the aircraft Fw 190 A-5/U12. For other uses, see Fw 190 (Family).|
The Fw 190 A-5 is a rank III German fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB) and 4.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai", splitting the Fw 190 A-5 into a folder with U12 and the U2.
The A-5/U12, similar to other FW 190s, is an excellent climber and diver while being a poor turner. The plane can manoeuvre vertically quite well and can out-dive opponents. However, after about 600 km/h the controls tend to stiffen up, so care should be taken while in dives.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 420||< 240||< 550||> 280|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|700 m||1,498 hp||1,685 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 3 mm Steel - Engine cowling
- 5 mm Steel - Engine cowling
- 6 mm Steel - Under engine plate
- 8 mm Steel - Under fuel tanks
- 5 mm Steel - Behind rear fuel tank
- 8 mm Steel - Seat plate
- 6 mm Steel - Seat plate
- 12 mm Steel - Headrest plate
- 57 mm Bulletproof glass
The Fw 190 A-5/U12' is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons (250 = 500 total)
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns (900 = 1,800 total)
The two cannons are arranged with one mounted in each of the wings near the wing roots and the two machine guns mounted in the upper fuselage just in front of the pilot. The wing mounted cannons are armed with 250 rounds of ammunition each while the upper fuselage machine guns are armed with 900 rounds each.
The Fw 190 A-5/U12 can be outfitted with the following payloads:
- Without load
- 4 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons (500 RPG = 2,000 total)
The four cannons are arranged into two bundles of two mounted under each wing. If fired continuously with the aircraft mounted cannons, the gun pods will continue to fire longer.
Usage in battles
At the beginning of a battle, it is preferable to climb slightly to the sides to ensure that you have the altitude advantage over the enemy without having to encounter them head-on in a low energy climb state, while staying close enough to the engagement to intervene once they appear. It is important to note that, like all FW 190s, the turn rate of the A-5/U12 is abysmal compared to most other aircraft you will meet, so out-turning opponents should not be attempted. However, the short wings on the plane are do give it an advantage over similar craft at its BR in terms of strength, and can easily survive several magnitudes of G-force - which is one of the few options available to the A-5/U12 for defence. Vertical engagements and energy retention are a must.
Once researched, the plane gains the option to mount two dual 20 mm MG 151 gun pods; however, as expected, this add-on hampers climb rate and aerodynamics and should be reserved for bomber hunting missions.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Wing Repair, Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs, R1 Modification|
|III||Engine||Offensive 20 mm|
|IV||Engine Repair||Cover||New 20 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- Powerful engine - great climber
- Access to dual 20 mm MG 151 cannon pods - one on each wing
- Resilient wings - great diver
- Good accuracy
- Good roll rate
- Up to six 20 mm MG 151 will shred bombers with ease
- External cannon pods negatively affect aerodynamics and weight
- Poor turning
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"A single-seat all-metal cantilever monoplane with a low wing. An aircraft designed by the Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH design office under the direction of Kurt Tank. The designers intended to build a new easy-to-operate fighter with powerful weaponry and a durable structure. In contrast to the Bf.109, which sacrificed speed for operational qualities, the FW.190 was to become the Luftwaffe's “cavalry horse”.
The first prototype FW.190V1 took its maiden flight on 1 June 1939. The aircraft went into series production in June 1941 and appeared on the Western Front in August.
In November 1942, the FW.190A-5 variation went into series production. This model differed from the A-4 series in that the forward section of its fuselage had been slightly enlarged. This measure significantly improved the fighter's responsiveness. The aircraft's design and equipment had changed slightly in other respects as well. It had been equipped with a new horizon indicator and an advanced oxygen system. The FuG25 identification friend or foe (IFF) repeater had become a standard part of the aircraft's radio equipment.
The FW.190A-5 was powered by the 1,800 hp 14-cylinder twin-row air-cooled Bayerische Motoren Werke BMW801D radial engine with a double-speed supercharger and a direct fuel injection system.
In the standard fighter variation, the FW.190A-5's guns consisted of two 7.92 mm synchronized Rheinmetall-Borsig MG17 machine guns in the fuselage above the engine with 1,000 rounds each and two 20 mm synchronized Mauser MG151/20 cannons in the wing root with 250 shells each. It was sometimes equipped with two 20 mm Ikaria/Oerlikon MG FF cannons with 90 shells each, mounted on the wing panels outside the propeller's radius.
An entire range of extra Umbausatze conversion kits were developed for the FW.190A-5, which were both built in series and used for the experimental development of various types of new equipment. The FW.190A-5/U14 variation was a torpedo-armed fighter capable of carrying the LT F5b torpedo. The FW.190A-5/U15 was tested with the planned Blohm und Voss BV246 bomb, and another variation, the FW.190A-5/R6, was tested with 280 mm W.Gr.28 rockets.
In total, assembly lines produced 1,752 FW.190A-5s between November 1942 and June 1943."
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