Fw 190 A-5/U2

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Fw 190 A-5/U2
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.3 tEmpty weight
6.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 200 mCeiling
sec22.6/22.6/20.6Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
BMW 801 D2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
912 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
500 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 х 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
1 х 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 2
1 х 500 kg SC500K bombSetup 3
2 х Wfr.Gr.21 rocketsSetup 4
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png17 000 / 21 335/10 160 / 12 750/2 220 / 2 786Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.60 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the German fighter Fw 190 A-5/U2. For other uses, see Fw 190 (Family).


GarageImage Fw190A5U2.jpg

The Fw 190 A-5/U2 is a rank III German fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 4.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. "Würger" is the German nickname of this beast of a plane. It can be translated as slayer, choker, or strangler. They fit the English designation rather well, too: The "Butcher-bird"

The Fw 190s are fighters, however, this one can operate in a multi-role by loading external payloads. The added ordinance will increase the aircraft's damage dealing capability, however, it will also negatively affect the fighter weight and aerodynamics, thus its combat ability too. Using it as a fighter-bomber (German: `Jabo´) is generally not advised, whereas this would typically be the duty of the 190 F-8.

The best load out for a bombing role is a single 500 kg bomb. This will allow for slight inaccuracy as the extra 50 kg bombs are usually useless except a direct hit. To attack, be 1 km (3,000 ft) above the target and dive with throttle back and combat flaps extended with the aiming recital just in front of the Target. At 300 m release the bomb and use full elevator to pull out of the dive (don't forget to retract combat flaps during pull-out). Note if the altitude is any lower without a timer when detonated, the bomb may also destroy you too. If attacking ships, attack inline with the Stern and bow to give you more of a target to hit, attacking from the port or starboard sides gives you a very small margin of error with the bomb falling short or going long past the ship.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
639 618 10,200 22.4 22.3 8.4 10.5 391
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 10,200  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 391


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
860 860 N/A ~19 ~19
Optimal velocities
< 420 < 510 < 510 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,500 m 1,604 hp 1,822 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,900 m 1,444 hp 1,640 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


Offensive armament

The Fw 190 A-5/U2 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons (250 = 500 total)

The two cannons are arranged with one mounted in each of the wings near the wing roots. If continuously fired, both cannons will run out of ammunition at the same time.

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Fw 190 A-5/U2 can mount suspended ordinance, options of which include:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
  • 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
  • 2 x 210 mm Wfr.Gr.21 rockets

Usage in the battles

The Fw 190 A-5's instrument panel.

The Fw 190A-5/U2, as all the planes in this line, are some of the best "Boom and Zoomers" in the game and should be flown exclusively in this style. The performance at high speeds is excellent, as is their dive and zoom characteristics. 'Do not ever engage in a turn fight as this will most likely end bad. Instead fight only in the vertical. Try to have an altitude, or speed advantage over your opponents (by climbing to the side at the start of the battle and then enter the highest battle you see). But you can still win fights, when you are lower in energy than your foe.


In the defensive, you can often just dive away from planes, such as Spitfires and La-5s, but you need at a decent altitude to gain top speed, so do not be too quick to dive after an enemy, if they fly below your plane. Unless you are higher then everybody else, or alone. Just be sure then to have the time to regain the lost altitude.

In a dive the 190 can, due its short wings, pull quite some stunts to either lose the hunter, or even make him loose his own wings! This is favourable strategy against La-5s, Yaks & Spitfires who have due their low wingloading (and partly woodenwings for the Russians), less resistance against high G maneuvers. Again be sure to regain your energy by a zoom-climb. Just look out while doing so, many pilots die as they do not notice a second enemy aircraft approaching. German proverb:"Wenn Zwei sich streiten, freut sich der Dritte." ~ "When two quarrel, the third will reap the success." Of course this could also be you.


When facing a A5/U2 you want to start out with an energy advantage. Things that you don’t want to allow are head ons or prolonged dives, both of these favor the FW’s durable construction. Other things that you should be wary off is to never underestimate the high speed agility off the FW or its ability to sustain damage. If you can get a FW to engage in a prolonged turnfight then you’ve essentially won. FW's are going to position themselves in a way that either allows a head on or a dive on your tail, by cutting into their dive you can force them to steepen it and most likely have to zoom out . Head ons are best avoided unless you’re in an equally well armed and armored plane such as an F4U-1c, in which they are still risky.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator ETC 50
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 20 mm, ETC 501 I
III Wing Repair, Engine ETC 501 II
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons, R6 Modifications

Pros and cons


  • Durable construction and power plant
  • Great diver and can pull high g maneuvers
  • Great energy retention
  • More maneuverable than the normal A5 due to loss of two cannons
  • Able to mount bombs or suspended armament
  • Suspended armament provides devastating firepower only rivaled by some heavy or jet fighters.


  • Slow turn time
  • Mediocre climber
  • All about planning and positioning when fighting a foe
  • Mediocre acceleration
  • (AB) High battle rating of 6.0, often pitching it against planes that can out-turn, out-climb and out-run it.
  • Additional armaments impact the planes performance significantly more than most other gunpods.


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