Hs 129 B-2
|This page is about the aircraft Hs 129 B-2. For other uses, see Hs 129 (Disambiguation)|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in the battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 Read also
- 8 Sources
The Hs 129 B-2 is a Rank III German attacker with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 3.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
The Hs 129 is a ground attack aircraft, designed mostly to take out tanks and armoured vehicles and fulfil other roles associated with CAS. Both the 30 mm MK 103 and 37 mm BK 3.7 are capable of knocking out medium tanks, light tanks, and light pillboxes while the 20 mm cannons can easily destroy armoured cars, mobile AAAs, and other lightly armoured equipment. The plane is both slow and sluggish, meaning that it practically has to go after ground targets, but the armament and armour somewhat compensate for that and enable the plane to take out nearly all ground targets except for pillboxes and heavy tanks.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,550 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,550 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|
|< 310||< 320||< 300||> 230|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,000 m||1,300 hp||1,530 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 5 mm Steel - Oil cooler covers
- 5 mm Steel - Lower engine cowl protection
- 2 mm Steel - Cockpit side plates
- 12 mm Steel - Cockpit back plate, floor, and front plates
- 75 mm Bulletproof glass
The Hs 129 B-2 is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon (250 rpg = 500 total)
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
The two machine guns and two 20 mm cannons are all mounted in the fuselage.
The Hs 129 B-2 can be outfitted with external ordinance such as:
- 1 x 30 mm MK 103 cannon, belly-mounted (100 rpg)
- 1 x 37 mm BK 3,7 cannon, belly-mounted (12 rpg)
- 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)
Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection. -->
Usage in the battles
The plane is very heavy, which makes it nearly impossible to take out fighters (unless the fighters come to the Hs 129 B-2, see below), even most medium bombers are more maneuverable, however the plane is heavily armoured, so it can last a while even under heavy fire, even to such a degree that some planes run out of ammunition before taking out a Henschel. That combined with the heavy armament makes it ideal to attack B-17 formations, even though it requires time and effort to climb and match the speed of the formation. The armour around the cockpit makes it nearly immune to 7.92 mm rounds and could also fly with one engine, albeit with great difficulty. The planes incredibly stable flight behaviour makes aiming even for joystick pilots very easy and accurate thus not wasting too much ammunition.
Once the 30 mm additional gun with its impressive 100-round belt has been researched (the 37 mm with its smaller belt and low rate of fire should be avoided), the plane has very heavy firepower. In combination with the great stability and thus firing accuracy, this makes it an ideal heads-on fighter. With a bit of experience, it's relatively easy to finish off enemy fighters with one or two short bursts before they are even in range for the target indicator to appear. In situations where enemy planes coming at 0.5 to 1.0 km interval from the same direction, the Hs 129 B-2 can easily achieve triple or even quadruple air victories before needing to turn around for reloading.
Using the 30 mm MK 103, which can be unlocked as an additional armament option, the Hs 129 B-2 is capable of destroying most mission relevant ground targets. Tanks of all sorts, as well as light pillboxes, can be destroyed in up to three hits, provided armour piercing ammunition (HVAP-T) is unlocked. Thanks to the 100 rounds of ammunition available, this can make a single Hs 129B-2 a game-changing aircraft. The same can be achieved using the BK 3.7, however, it is generally considered harder to use and thus not a viable option.
The Hs 129 B-2, however, does have major drawbacks. Its engines are weak which results in poor top speed, acceleration and climb rate. This, combined with the armour of nearly one-ton weight, makes it perform poorly in air combat and very vulnerable to attacks of enemy fighters. This, however, goes so far that sometimes enemy pilots underestimate the Hs 129 and overshoot it after a tight turn, which gives the Hs 129B-2 pilot a moderate chance of defending itself.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair, Radiator||Offensive 7 mm, Offensive 20 mm, ETC 50/VIIId|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs, New 20 mm Cannons, R2 Modification|
|III||Wing Repair, Engine||Offensive 30 mm, Offensive 37 mm, BK 3,7 Cannon|
|IV||Engine Injector||Cover||New 30 mm Cannons, New 37 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- Resistant to light machine guns and Russian heavy machineguns
- Very good firepower when carrying either the 30 mm or 37 mm cannon pods
- 30 mm MK 103 is a high-velocity cannon with a decent rate of fire, which allows for versatility in targets, and is especially devastating against armoured vehicles
- 30 mm HVAP-T generally destroys air targets in one to three hits with a high potential to combust targets
- 30 mm HE-I/HEI-T Minengeschoß in the default belts means grinding once the 30 mm is available isn't that difficult
- 30 mm has a reasonable ammo pool of 100 rounds and the low fire rate combined with hit success allows it more than enough to obtain down five planes before running out
- Cockpit has 70 mm of armoured glass at the front (one of, if not the thickest piece of armoured glass in the game)
- Great at head-on passes in all game modes (shoot and duck/rollaway)
- Cockpit has reasonable all-round protection for the pilot
- Centrally mounted armament allows for reasonable accuracy as compared to other attack aircraft of its peers
- Amazingly cheap to use in the simulator, especially for Enduring Confrontation (~200-700 SL spawn cost with a 390% reward rate)
- 500 rounds for 2 x 20 mm guns can be used a for a long time
- Bad manoeuvrability
- The engines are underpowered and uses a carburettor, preventing prolonged inverted G-load state
- Has no defensive armament compared to other attack aircraft of its rank
- Poor climb rate
- The 37 mm has the same number of rounds per gun (12) as the Ju 87 G-1 and Ju 87 G-2
- Engine and internal wing tanks are ideal targets for enemy pilots
- Needs the gun pods to do well
- Cockpit armoured glass resembles sitting close to a cathode-ray tube
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|Henschel||Hs 129 B-2 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romanian Air Force) · Hs 129 B-3|
|Junkers||Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2|