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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
 
 
 
* Without load
 
* 3 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannons (750 rpg = 2,250 total)
 
* 20 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (5,000 lb total)
 
* 14 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (7,000 lb total)
 
* 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
 
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total) + 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
 
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total) + 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
 
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total) + 4 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles
 
* 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (750 lb total) + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
 
* 5 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (5,000 lb total)
 
* 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
 
* 5 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles
 
* 2 x AGM-12C Bullpup missiles
 
* 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
 
* 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
 
* 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (1,500 lb total)
 
* 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (3,000 lb total)
 
* 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (1,500 lb total)
 
* 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (3,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 133 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
 
* 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 28 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
 
* 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (4,500 lb total)
 
* 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (6,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 8 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (2,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 8 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (4,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 3 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 95 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 20 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
 
* 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon (750 rpg)
 
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==

Revision as of 20:47, 29 April 2021

Rank 6 USA
F-5C Pack
A-4E Early
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Description

The A-4E Early is a squadron rank VI American strike aircraft with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB), 8.7 (RB), and 9.3 (SB). It was introduced during Update "New Power".

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 081 km/h
Turn time37 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EnginePratt & Whitney J52-P-6A
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t

The A-4E behaves like the A-4B, with excellent manoeuvrability at speed, aided by the automatic wing slats. However, the aircraft bleeds speed rapidly during extended turns, and will drop down to about 320 km/h (200 mph) after more than a 90 degree turn. Overall, it can turn with G.91s and MiG-15s without issue, however extended dogfights should be avoided. If uptiered, flight performance leaves much to be desired, it can be outmanoeuvred even by the Yak-38 or F-104 in a dogfight.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,066 1,057 12500 37.9 39.0 29.5 26.7 900
Upgraded 1,096 1,081 36.5 37.0 51.4 40.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1167 437 592 562 410 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 700 < 490 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic Mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A 1 4,679 kg 296 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 40m fuel
900 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,419 kg 5,913 kg 6,530 kg 7,147 kg 11,113 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 40m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,470 kgf N/A 0.64 0.59 0.53 0.49 0.31
Optimal 3,470 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.64 0.59 0.53 0.49 0.31

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 167 km/h
Gear437 km/h
  • 2.54 mm steel surrounding bottom half of the pilot
  • 50 mm bulletproof glass in front of the cockpit

The front half of the plane holds the pilot and a self-sealing fuel tank. The wings hold non self-sealing fuel tanks, and the back half of the plane holds the engine.

One single well-placed round from an ADEN cannon can completely cripple the plane by taking out the pilot or an engine. It is completely open to attack from the side and front although it can be armed with flares. Overall, survivability is quite poor, the best armour is to not get hit.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 200 → 3 346 Sl icon.png
RB4 320 → 6 570 Sl icon.png
SB20 000 → 30 420 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications290 000 Rp icon.png
850 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training280 000 Sl icon.png
Experts990 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 210 / 370 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk81
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
AGM-12B Bullpup
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
mk_12_mod3_belt_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-3/A
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
38 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
mk_12_mod3_new_gun
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod Mk 4 Mod 0
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9B
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 0 cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min

The A-4E Early is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 3 cannons, wing-mounted (100 rpg = 200 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups32
List of setups
Setup 13 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon
(ammunition: 2 250 rounds)
Setup 220 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 314 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 43 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 51 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 61 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 71 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
Setup 82 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 95 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 101 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 115 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
Setup 122 x AGM-12C Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
Setup 13171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 1436 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 152 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 166 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 176 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 186 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 196 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 202 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
133 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 212 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
28 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 222 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 232 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 242 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 252 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
8 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 262 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
8 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 272 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 282 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 293 x AGM-12B Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 302 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
95 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 312 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
20 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 321 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon
(ammunition: 750 rounds)
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
The MK 11 mod 5 cannons carry 750 rounds each

Usage in battles

In Air Realistic battles, one can take any combination of 3 paths due to the wide array of armament. First, one can use the attacker air spawn to your advantage with either the 2 AIM-9B Sidewinders, the 2 AIM-9Bs and the 20 mm gunpod, or a triple gunpod array. Use the air spawn to climb to anywhere between 1,000 and 5,000 meters, and either catch fighters trying to climb, or pounce on the low flying Vautour bombers common at this BR. However, if uptiered, especially versus Britain with the Harrier GR.1, this is not a good option, as you cannot climb with them, and they will bounce you. If this is the case, take either FFAR rocket pods or AGM-12 Bullpups or the Zuni pods and take out ground targets. The last option is to use the wide array of bombs, preferably the 14 x 500 lb loadout, and take out either 1 or 2 bases with them. Then, return to base and optionally respawn with AIM-9s and pick off damaged enemies.

In Ground RB, the only loadouts worth taking are the Zuni or FFAR pods, or better yet, the 5 x AGM-12B Bullpup loadout. These missiles, with practice, can kill everything from 8.0 to 10.7. They are basically a precision 250 lb bomb that is guided to the target. The A-4E is basically a complete line-up with the XM-803, MBT-70, XM-1 GM, or the HSTV-L.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can be armed with 5 AGM-12B Bullpup missiles
  • Has loadouts with AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles to either defend itself or play the role of a fighter
  • Researchable flares are a good counter to IR guided missiles it may face at its BR
  • AGM-12B Bullpup is a tier I modification
  • Can use its airspawn to help play the role of a fighter

Cons:

  • Subsonic
  • Mediocre climb rate compared to planes it can face
  • Gun pods and AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles are tier IV modifications

History

The A4D-5 Skyhawk was an improved model of the A4D-2N (designated A-4C in 1962). The main improvement came in the form of the more powerful Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A engine, producing 8,400 pounds of thrust. In addition to the new powerplant, the A4D-5 also received two more wing-mounted stores pylons, for a total of five. The avionics were also improved, including a new TACAN system and a toss-bombing computer. Later in their service life, many A-4E Skyhawks were upgraded with the fuselage avionics pod J52-P-8 engine (with 9,300 pounds of thrust) from the A-4F.

The A4D-5 first flew in July 1961, and was renamed to A-4E in 1962 after the Tri-Service Aircraft Designation System came into effect. The A-4E entered production in December of 1962; a total of 499 A-4E Skyhawks would be delivered to the US Navy and Marine Corps starting in January 1963.

The A-4E began to see combat in Vietnam after arriving in early 1965, but it did not fully replace the earlier Skyhawks such as the A-4C. After opening in June 1965, the Chu Lai Short Airfield for Tactical Support (SATS) housed Marine A-4E Skyhawks. The Skyhawks landed using arrestor wires and took off by rocket-assisted takeoff (RATO). Throughout the Vietnam War, A-4 Skyhawks were used to provide close air support (CAS) for Marine Corps ground forces, primarily using bombs and rockets. A total of 362 A-4s of all types were lost during the Vietnam War, including non combat losses. 271 were from the US Navy, and 91 were from the Marine Corps.

During the war, many A-4Es and A-4Fs were used in the United States for training purposes. They had their armament - including external stores - removed and their slats fixed, and were used as aggressors (where they would act as enemy aircraft for training). In the aggressor role, an A-4 was called 'Mongoose'.

1965 Philippine Sea Incident

It was December 5, 1965. This was the time of the Cold War and Vietnam War. Sailing 70 miles from the nearest island, 200 miles from Okinawa, was the USS Ticonderoga, carrying Attack Squadron 56 (VA-56) consisting of A-4E attack jets that were carrying nuclear bombs. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Douglas M. Webster, pilot of Douglas A-4E BuNo 151022 was performing a training exercise in his jet, rolling from hangar 2 to elevator 2. The jet was carrying a one megaton B43 thermonuclear bomb. An unspecified accident occurred, and the jet rolled off the deck. After a search, neither the pilot, the jet, nor the bomb was ever found, they likely sank the 16,000 ft (4,900 m) to the ocean floor. This was just one of the many "broken arrow" incidents during the Cold War.

The incident was acknowledged in 1981, but was misleading and it was fully revealed in 1989 due to a diplomatic inquiry by Japan. Lt. Cmdr. James Culda said on May 8, 1989 that "the environmental impact is expected to be nil", as the bomb was not armed and poses no threat at 4,900 m under the sea.

Devblog

The beginning of the jet era and the escalation of the Cold War forced the US naval aviation command to look for a replacement for the very successful carrier-based piston-engine AD Skyraider, with the possibility of delivering a tactical nuclear weapon in the area of ​​operation of an aircraft carrier group. With the beginning of the military campaign in Korea, the Douglas Aircraft Company began developing a carrier-based attack aircraft with an unconventional approach - instead of pursuing engine power, usually bringing weight and large size to the aircraft, Ed Heinemann's team concentrated on finding ways to lighten the construction, keeping it under 12,000 lbs.

The projected aircraft was a fairly compact, lightweight jet fighter-attacker with a delta-shaped wing and a competently lightweight design. This is how the A-4A Skyhawk was born, one of the first jet-based carrier-based aircraft capable of carrying a nuclear bomb. The aircraft was distinguished by its simplicity of design, practical controls with excellent flight characteristics for its time. Soon, in 1956, the A-4B version appeared, capable of carrying a huge variety of mounted weapons on three suspension points, including guided missiles.

Thus, "Skyhawk" had become a truly universal carrier-based aircraft, capable of solving the entire spectrum of tasks for US Naval Aviation. A rather noticeable drawback of the attack aircraft was still the limited range of action, also army types always wanted to increase the weapon load. In 1961, Douglas presented an improved version of the aircraft with five pylons for armament and a new engine, which compensated for a heavier combat load, and also increased the range of the attack aircraft. It was the A-4E that became one of the most massive Skyhawk modifications and formed the image of a modern carrier-based attack aircraft. The "E" version was actively involved in the Vietnam War, and later, up till the end of the 80's, was used to simulate enemy aircraft in training dogfights.

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Douglas Aircraft Company
Attackers  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4
Bombers  A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · B-18A · BTD-1 · SBD-3 · TBD-1
Turboprop  A2D-1
Jet fighters  F3D-1
Jet attackers  A-4B · A-4E Early
Export  ▄AD-4 · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I

USA jet aircraft
AV-8  AV-8A · AV-8C
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II
F-5  F-5C · F-5E
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84F · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
Other  P-59A · F2H-2 · F3D-1 · F3H-2 · F8U-2 · F11F-1 · F-100D
A-4  A-4B · A-4E Early
A-7  A-7D
B-57  B-57A · B-57B

Squadron aircraft
USA  A-4E Early
Germany  Me 262 A-1a/U1
Britain  Firecrest