Ju 87 G-2
|This page is about the German strike aircraft Ju 87 G-2. For other versions, see Ju 87 (Family).|
The Ju 87 G-2 is a rank I German strike aircraft with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB), 1.7 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. The flight model is identical to the G-1 with similar values to the Ju 87 D series. The differences between the G-1 and the G-2 is that the G-1 has the wing of the D-3 while the G-2 has the same wing area as the Ju 87 D-5 variant.
Regarded highly by famed German ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the Ju 87 G is one of the deadliest ground attack aircraft in War Thunder. Building upon the classic "Stuka" design, German engineers fitted a pair of Bordkanone 37 mm cannons to early Ju 87 D models, creating a beast. Instead of bombs, this aircraft utilizes its twin synchronized 37 mm anti-tank cannons to demolish any armour it faces. Able to fire the German 37 mm high-velocity armour piercing round, the Ju 87 G is more than a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, each cannon only holds 12 rounds of ammunition each, for a total of 12 individual shots. This puts a cap on how much total damage the Ju 87 G can do.
The Ju 87 G's armament, a pair of Bordkanone BK 3,7 cannons, are deadly in all regards. They are able to destroy most ground units and aircraft with a single press of the trigger. Equip air targets or armoured targets belt depending on what your target is. The armoured targets belt is fairly ineffective against aircraft and the air targets belt does next to nothing to armoured ground units.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 270||< 350||< 380||> 325|
Survivability and armour
- 4 mm Steel plating cockpit tub
- 4 mm Steel plating engine base
- 8 mm Steel plate behind pilot's seat
- 8 mm Steel plate headrest
- 50 mm Bulletproof glass
Modifications and economy
Unlocking the 37 mm belts is a must for this aircraft. The default belt is a mix of HE and AP rounds, resulting in only half of the trigger pull hitting what you want. Instead of staggering the rounds one trigger pull is HE one trigger pull is AP, it is mixed. After that, it does not matter which modules the Stuka pilot researches.
The Ju 87 G-2 is armed with:
- 2 x 37 mm BK 3.7 cannons, wing-mounted (12 rpg = 24 total)
The two 37 mm cannons are mounted in external gunpods under each wing. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.
The Ju 87 G-2 is defended by:
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, dorsal turret (850 rpg = 1,700 total)
Usage in battles
Like other ground attack aircraft, the Ju 87 G is heavily armoured, tarnishing its flight characteristics. However, with enough speed, the Ju 87 G can turn on a dime. This is the case with all Ju 87 variants. Once that speed is gone, however, the Ju 87 turns painfully slowly. Mitigate this by using dive attacks to gain altitude. At higher altitudes, the Ju 87 G can be a fighter's nightmare. With enough speed and energy, a Ju 87 can outmanoeuvre most fighters. A Ju 87 G pilot's best chances of surviving an encounter are a good aim, teamwork, and speed. Boom & Zooming 10 m above the ground will make the Ju 87 G a very easy target, so one must stay at higher altitudes if they wish to survive a dogfight.
Dog-fighting isn't what the Ju 87 G was meant for after all as ground attack is the theatre in which the Ju 87 G shines. Equip the armoured targets to belt for the 37 mm cannons because it is composed entirely of high-velocity armour piercing rounds, perfect for destroying armour. Light pillboxes, light tanks, medium tanks, and heavy tanks are all able to be destroyed by these cannons. In order to maximize damage, come in on an attack run from behind a column of tanks, and aim at their engines. If both shells hit, no matter the tank it will always result in a kill. Make sure your gun convergence isn't set at an extreme, as it is essential for both shells to penetrate the tank's armour. The same goes for light pillboxes, to a lesser extent.
The Ju 87 G is also capable of equipping an air targets belt composed of high explosive rounds for its twin 37 mm cannons. This upgrade turns the Ju 87 into a "one-shot wonder" capable of destroying any aircraft in a single hit. This is especially deadly in arcade battles, where a lead indicator shows exactly where to aim the cannons. In realistic and simulator battles shot placement is very important as the Ju 87 G has very limited ammunition.
Equip armour piercing shell rack to effectively destroy all brands of tanks. Keep speeds at 250-300 km/h (IAS) for good manoeuvrability
This plane is mainly used for killing tanks. When hunting tanks, equip armour piercing shell rack and do not lead your shots. Aim straight at the front end of the tank and it should hit. When hunting for bombers, only engage if they are lower than you and not heavily armed like the B-17s. It is important to note that this aircraft is an easy target for fighters and so it is recommended to stick close to allies and stay around them for a while until the bandit numbers have thinned out. When you feel you are safe from any harassment then only engage the ground units. You may engage ground units if you have cover or you feel that bandits are already engaged. You have limited ammo so make it count! This is a fun aircraft to fly and should give you practice to flying the Hs 129.
Because of their low speed, permanent landing gear and reasonable durability, all the Ju 87 are quite good for capturing airfields in the Airfield Domination mode.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Impressive turn rate at high speeds
- Powerful cannons
- Good defensive turret
- Armour around the pilot, gunner and engine
- Able to be used in different roles (attacker, support fighter, etc.)
- Meagre cannon ammo at only 24 rounds total
- Very slow
- Vulnerable to damage
- Incredibly lacklustre roll rate, especially at high speeds
- Bad high altitude performance
- Inability to equip bombs or rockets
- Not suited for sustained turn fights
- Poor energy retention
By 1942, the need for a new ground attack aircraft was ever present. The ageing Ju 87 was proving to be obsolete, and the new Henschel Hs 129 was underpowered and ill-protected. Hans-Ulrich Rudel, a Stuka ace, proposed a pair of 37 mm cannons be added to a Ju 87 D. Thus, the "Kanonenvogel" or "cannon-bird" was born. The Ju 87 G was most famously piloted by Rudel himself, who destroyed a countless amount of Soviet tanks and equipment.
Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the only person to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, one of Germany's highest awards. The highest-scoring ace of World War II, Erich Hartmann, also held the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds – but his Oak Leaves were not gold.
Rudel survived the war and later, pulling from personal experiences, Rudel's input was used to design and develop the current day A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft.
The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a single-engine dive bomber and attack aircraft of the WWII era. The most famous Stuka pilot of the war was Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the most highly decorated Luftwaffe pilot in history. Despite its slow speed and mediocre aerodynamics (the landing gear was fixed), the Stuka was one of the most effective Luftwaffe aircraft early in the war due to its pin-point accuracy in a dive. The Ju 87 remains one of the most recognizable symbols of the Blitzkrieg.
|Junkers Aircraft and Motor Works (Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft)|
|Fighters||Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J|
|Ju 87||Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2|
|Bombers||Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C|
|Ju 87||Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 R-2 Libya|
|Export||▄Ju 87 D-3 · ▄Ju 87 R-2 · ▄Ju 88 A-4|
|Germany strike aircraft|
|Bf 110||Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4|
|Me 410||Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3|
|Do 335||Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2|
|Fw 190||Fw 190 F-8|
|He 219||He 219 A-7|
|Hs 129||Hs 129 B-2 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · Hs 129 B-3|
|Ju 87||Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2|