MG 81 (7.92 mm)

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Description

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Twin-engine fighters  Bf 110 G-2 (Defensive) · Bf 110 G-4 (Defensive) · ▄Bf 110 G-4 (Defensive) · Ju 88 C-6 (Defensive)
Attackers  Ju 87 G-1 (Defensive) · Ju 87 G-2 (Defensive)
Bombers 
Do 217  Do 217 K-1 (Defensive) · Do 217 M-1 (Defensive)
He 111  He 111 H-16 (Defensive)
He 177  He 177 A-5 (Defensive)
Ju 87  Ju 87 D-3 (Defensive) · ▄Ju 87 D-3 (Defensive) · Ju 87 D-5 (Suspended)
Ju 88  Ju 88 A-4
Ju 188  Ju 188 A-2 (Defensive)

General info

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Available ammunition

The default belt is available for all planes equipped with the MG 81. Belts "Armoured targets" and "AP-T" are for defensive purposes while belts "Universal", "Tracers" and "Stealth" are for offensive purposes (Ju-88 A4 and Ju-87 D-5 only).

  • Default: AP-T · Ball · Ball · AP-I · AI
The default round that all players start with. With a mix of AP-T, AP-I and AI rounds along regular bullets, its efficiency is severely limited as it does not focus on any role but rather tries to fulfill all of them in the same belt. It keeps damaging planes until 1,500 m distance.
  • Armoured targets: AP · AP · AP · AP-T
This belt is for armoured targets due to the high content of armour-piercing rounds together with tracers to support your aim. Its damage potential drops severely beyond 500 m distance.
  • AP-T: AP-I · AP-T · AP-I · AP-T
This belt combines the benefits of armour-piercing rounds with incendiary rounds. Its damage potential drops severely beyond 1,000 m distance.
  • Universal: AP-T · AP · AI · AP-I
This belt is the best to attack both air and ground targets. It keeps damaging planes until 1,500 m distance.
  • Tracers: AP-T
This belt is uniquely composed of armour-piercing tracer shells. Its damage potential drops severely beyond 5,00 m distance.
  • Stealth: AI · AP · AP · AP · AI
This belt combines the benefits of armour-piercing rounds with incendiary rounds while packing no tracers to prevent from revealing your position. It keeps damaging planes until 1,500 m distance.
Penetration statistics
Belts Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 13 12 7 4 3 3
Armoured targets 13 12 7 2 1 1
AP-T 13 12 7 4 1 1
Universal 13 12 7 4 3 3
Tracers 13 12 7 2 1 1
Stealth 13 12 7 3 3 3
Belt details
Belt Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Tracers AP-T 905 0.01 N/A N/A N/A 47° 56° 65°

Comparison with analogues

Comparable machine guns to MG 81 (7.92 mm)
Name Year of Creation Mass Rounds Per Minute Ammunition Feed Type
Browning (7.62 mm) 1919 14 kg 1,000 RPM 7.62 × 63 mm Belt
MG 17 (7.92 mm) 1934 10.2 kg 1,150 RPM 7.92 × 57 mm Belt
MG 15 (7.92 mm) 1932 12.4 kg 1,150 RPM 7.92 × 57 mm Drum
ShKAS (7.62 mm) 1932 10.5 kg 1,800 RPM 7.62 × 54 mm R Belt
Browning (7.7 mm) 1919 14 kg 1,000 RPM 7.7 × 56 mm R Belt
Vickers K (7.7 mm) 1935 13.4 kg 950 RPM 7.7 × 56 mm R Pan
Type 1 (7.92 mm) 1932 12.8 kg 1,150 RPM 7.92 × 57 mm Drum
Type 92 navy (7.7 mm) 1932 8 kg 600 RPM 7.7 × 56 mm R Pan
Type 98 (7.92 mm) 1932 12.8 kg 1,150 RPM 7.92 × 57 mm Drum
Lewis (7.7 mm) 1911 13 kg 900 RPM 7.7 × 56 mm R Pan
Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm) 1935 12.5 kg 900 RPM 7.7 × 56 mm R Belt
MAC 1934 (7.5 mm) 1934 10.7 kg 1,350 RPM 7.5 × 54 mm MAS Belt/Magazine
SW Ksp m/22-37 R (8 mm) 1919 11.7 kg 1,200 RPM 8 × 63 mm Belt

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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History

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Media

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See also

German airborne MG with the same calibre
Japanese airborne MG with the same calibre
Other airborne MG with the same calibre

External links

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Aircraft machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  Browning · M134 Minigun
12.7 mm  M2 Browning · M3 Browning
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG3
7.92 mm  MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13 mm  MG 131
USSR 
7.62 mm  DA · GShG-7.62 · PV-1 · ShKAS
12.7 mm  A-12.7 · Berezin UB · YaK-B
Britain 
7.62 mm  L8A1
7.7 mm  Browning · Vickers E · Vickers K
Japan 
7.7 mm  Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 'special' · Type 92 · Type 97 navy
7.92 mm  Type 1 · Type 98
12.7 mm  Ho-103 · Ho-104
13 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
Italy 
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · Lewis
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · FN M3M · Scotti
France 
7.5 mm  Darne 1933 · Fabrique Nationale Mle 38 · FN Browning · MAC 1934 · MAC 1934T · Mle 33 · Mle 1923
7.62 mm  PKA
Sweden 
7.7 mm  FN-Browning M.36 No.3
8 mm  Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R
12.7 mm  Akan m/39A · Akan m/40 · Akan m/45 · LKk/42
13.2 mm  Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A