Ju 188 A-2

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RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
Ju 188 A-2
ju-188a-2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.3/5.3/5.3BR
5 peopleCrew
14.48 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
11200 mCeiling
2 х Junkers Jumo 213АEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
675 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Defensive armament
20 mm MG 151 cannon2 х Turret
250 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gunTurret
1000 roundsAmmunition
1597 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
6 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 2
6 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 3
2 x 500 kg SC500K bombSetup 4
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 5
2 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 6
2 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bombSetup 7
2 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
2 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 8
1 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb
1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
Setup 9
3 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
1 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb
Setup 10
Economy
63000 Rp icon.pngResearch
240000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png15000 / 19260/12000 / 15408/4080 / 5238Repair
68000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1100 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
440 % Sl icon.png350 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage Ju 188 A-2.jpg


The Ju 188 A-2 is a rank IV German bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 496 478 11200 33.3 34.4 5.4 5.4 750
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
675 310 480 480 280 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 360 < 450 > 290

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Suspended armament

The Ju 188 A-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (500 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs + 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bomb + 1 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bomb (2,800 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bomb + 3 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (2,550 kg total)

Defensive armament

The Ju 188 A-2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose turret (250 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, top dorsal turret (250 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, lower dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

While utilising a stock version of the aircraft, choosing the option to use the 50SC x 10 payload performs best for when rushing ground troops, of course, when possible, drop them more on one target. As son as you have better payload options, you also have the opportunity to go for bases.

At the beginning of the match, you should always go into a shallow dive to maximise your speed, and by that the chance to get to your target before anybody else, and to cover the underside of the plane by simply flying close to the ground. Your 20 mm cannon on top of the the canopy is deadly, and as soon as you have the universal belt unlocked, you can shoot down multiple enemy fighters before going down yourself. However, try to avoid headons because of your glass cockpit and mind that your 20mm can't fire directly behind the plane because the rudder blocks it.

If you have all loadouts unlocked, the one with the 2x1000kg, 2x250kg and 10x50kg is the best for destroying bases. The 2x250kg drop at the same time from your wingtips and with one 1000kg bomb, they are enough to destroy one base. The other 11 bombs are enough for a second base. This is also the loadout with the most payload so you should use it for AFs as well. Concerning ground targets, you can use the loadout you prefer, just make sure you have 3 bomb drops before you get to the 50kg bombs in the bomb bay.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm ETC 250/IV
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) Turret 20 mm ETC 500/II
III Wings repair Engine Turret 13 mm ETC 1000/I
IV Engine injection Cover New 13 mm MGs (turret) New 20 mm cannons (turret) ETC 1800

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast, faster than the Do 217 series
  • Maneuverable, even better with empty payload when returning to base
  • Versatile payload options
  • Defensive armament is an upgrade from the Do 217 series
  • Durable, can survive hits that might down other bombers of similar size
  • 3000 kgs of maximum payload tonnage
  • Rear gunners are protected by several armor platings
  • Top 20mm turret has a full circle traverse
  • Powerful engines

Cons:

  • Doesn't have the ability to dive bomb accurately
  • Doesn't have airbrake
  • No armor from the front
  • Abysmal stock payload

History

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Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


Junkers Aircraft and Motor Works (Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft)
Fighters  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J
Attackers  Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2
Bombers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Export  ▄Ju 87 D-3 · ▄Ju 87 R-2

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic