Hs 129 B-3

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Hs 129 B-3
hs-129b-3.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.3/3.0BR
1 personCrew
4.5 tEmpty weight
5.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7 500 mCeiling
sec30.7/30.7/27.9Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14MEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
630 km/hStructural
295 km/hGear
Offensive armament
75 mm BK 7,5 cannonWeapon 1
13 roundsAmmunition
30 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Economy
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 992 / 2 687/1 836 / 2 476/970 / 1 308Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.48 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the German attacker Hs 129 B-3. For other uses, see Hs 129 (Family).

Description

GarageImage Hs129B3.jpg


The Hs 129 B-3 is a rank III German attacker with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/SB) and 3.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The Hs 129 is a pure ground attack aircraft, designed mostly to take out tanks and armoured vehicles. The anti-tank gun PaK 40 is capable of knocking out medium tanks, while the 7.62 mm LMGs can destroy armoured cars and mobile AAAs. 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 pillboxes and heavy tanks.

The plane is very heavy, which makes it nearly impossible to take out fighters, even most medium bombers are more manoeuvrable, 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.

General info

Flight Performance

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Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,550 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
418 405 7,500 30.2 31.4 4.3 5.4 331
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,550 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 7,500  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ?

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
700 450  ??? ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 310 < 320 < 300 > 230
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,??? 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

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Hs 129 B-3 is armed with:

  • 1 x 75 mm BK 7,5 cannon (13 rpg = 13 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

The two machine guns are arranged on each side of the fuselage. The 75 mm cannon is mounted to the underside of the fuselage.

Usage in battles

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The Hs 129 B's instrument panel.

Tactics

The Hs 129 B-3 is capable of destroying most mission relevant ground targets. Tanks of all sorts, as well as light pillboxes, can be destroyed in one hit, provided armour piercing ammunition is used. Thanks to the 13 shells available, this can make a single Hs 129 B-3 a game-changing aircraft.

The Hs 129, however, does have major drawbacks. Its engines are weak which results in poor top speed, acceleration and climb rate. This, combined with the armor 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 129 pilot a moderate chance of defending himself.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wing Repair Engine Offensive 75 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 75 mm Cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The combination of the 7.92 mm machine guns and the 75 mm anti-tank gun can make short work of armoured columns
  • A well-timed shot from the 75 mm gun when firing High Explosive can tear an aircraft apart
  • Extremely effective in tank RB with air superiority. The 75 mm can take out even the most heavily armoured allied tanks
  • The 7.62 mm machine guns allows for engaging unarmoured targets without wasting 75 mm ammunition
  • Can take a fair amount of punishment
  • Quite a stable gun platform

Cons:

  • Extremely slow from under-powered engines
  • Very poor climb rate
  • Not particularly manoeuvrable
  • Poor energy retention
  • Damage to engines can lose enough power to the extent that the plane simply falls out of the sky
  • No defensive armament translates to a "sitting duck" in some combat situations, especially without friendly fighters in the air

History

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Media

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See also

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Germany attackers
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
Trophies  ▀IL-2 (1942)