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{{Specs-Card|code=a6m5otsu}}
 
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{{About
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| about = Japanese naval fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
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| usage = other uses
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| link = A6M (Family)
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_A6M5otsu.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_A6M5otsu.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
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The '''A6M5 otsu''' is a Rank III Japanese naval fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.
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The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Japanese naval fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This fighter was introduced in [[Update 1.37]].
  
Being the last version in-game of the famed A6M "Zero" this aircraft is not only a continuation of the classic series but also a major improvement. It differs from other versions of the A6M in several ways - for one, this is the first version with armor in both the pilot's seat and the windscreen. In turn, this version of the A6M is inherently heavier, making the aircraft more sluggish in turns and maneuvers. Another major upgrade from past A6M models is a 13.2mm Type 3 Browning-derived machine gun placed on the right side of the engine cowling. This gives the A6M5 otsu a fighting chance if its cannon ammunition is expended. Also featuring a pair of Type 99 mk 2 cannons and a 7.7 Type 97 machine gun, the A6M5 otsu is heavily armed for a fighter its size.  
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Being the last version in-game of the famed A6M "Zero" this aircraft is not only a continuation of the classic series but also a major improvement. It differs from other versions of the A6M in several ways - for one, this is the first version with armour in both the pilot's seat and the windscreen. In turn, this version of the A6M is inherently heavier, making the aircraft more sluggish in turns and manoeuvres. Another major upgrade from past A6M models is a 13.2mm Type 3 Browning-derived machine gun placed on the right side of the engine cowling. This gives the A6M5 otsu a fighting chance if its cannon ammunition is expended. Also featuring a pair of Type 99 mk 2 cannons and a 7.7 Type 97 machine gun, the A6M5 otsu is heavily armed for a fighter its size.  
  
The A6M5 otsu's armament is an upgrade from previous "Zeroes". It features two Type 99 mk 2 20mm cannons with 125 RPG along with 7.7mm and 13.2mm machine guns. [[Gun_Convergence|Gun convergence]] is best set at 400 meters or less, as most engagements are in very close quarters. Stealth is easily the best belt for the 20mm cannons as it is composed of high explosive rounds and API shells. Universal works If you have trouble leading the shots. Stealth or Universal belts work for both the 7.7mm and 13.2mm machine guns. If attacking armored targets such as landing craft, use ground targets belts.  
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The A6M5 otsu's armament is an upgrade from previous "Zeroes". It features two Type 99 mk 2 20 mm cannons with 125 RPG along with 7.7 mm and 13.2 mm machine guns. Gun convergence is best set at 400 meters or less, as most engagements are in very close quarters. Stealth is easily the best belt for the 20 mm cannons as it is composed of high explosive rounds and API shells. Universal works If you have trouble leading the shots. Stealth or Universal belts work for both the 7.7 mm and 13.2 mm machine guns. If attacking armoured targets such as landing craft, use ground targets belts.  
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight Performance ===
 
=== Flight Performance ===
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====Stat card====
 
====Stat card====
 
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! RB
 
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! colspan="2" | Take-off
 
! colspan="2" | Take-off
 
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| ''Arcade'' || colspan="2" | 1,106 hp || colspan="2" | ____ hp
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| ''Arcade'' || colspan="2" | 1,106 hp || colspan="2" |1,237 hp
 
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| ''Realistic/Simulator'' || colspan="2" | 995 hp || colspan="2" | ____ hp
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| ''Realistic/Simulator'' || colspan="2" | 995 hp || colspan="2" |1,126 hp
 
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=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 45 mm Bulletproof glass in front
 
* 45 mm Bulletproof glass in front
* 13 mm Steel plate behind pilot
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* 13 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
<!--''Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.''-->
 
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{{main|Type 99 Model 2 navy (20 mm)|Type 3 navy (13.2 mm)|Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)}}
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{{main|Type 99 Model 2 navy (20 mm)|Type 3 navy (13.2 mm)|Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)|l1=Type 99 Model 2 (20 mm)|l2=Type 3 (13.2 mm)|l3=Type 97 (7.7 mm)}}
  
The A6M5 otsu is armed with:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
 
* 2 × 20 mm [[Type 99 Model 2 navy (20 mm)|Type 99 Mk 2]] cannons, wing-mounted (125 rpg = 250 total)
 
* 2 × 20 mm [[Type 99 Model 2 navy (20 mm)|Type 99 Mk 2]] cannons, wing-mounted (125 rpg = 250 total)
 
* 1 × 13.2 mm [[Type 3 navy (13.2 mm)|Type 3]] machine gun, nose-mounted (230 rpg)
 
* 1 × 13.2 mm [[Type 3 navy (13.2 mm)|Type 3]] machine gun, nose-mounted (230 rpg)
 
* 1 × 7.7 mm [[Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)|Type 97]] machine gun, nose-mounted (700 rpg)
 
* 1 × 7.7 mm [[Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)|Type 97]] machine gun, nose-mounted (700 rpg)
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The stock belts for the {{PAGENAME}}'s weapons are insufficiently powerful, especially for the 13mm gun. However, the 13mm gun's belts has access to full assortment of incendiary-type bullets that can light the enemy on fire. Use stealth for the 13mm for best performance of incendiary with no indicator for the enemy that the {{PAGENAME}} is firing.
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The 20 mm cannon has more explosive potential, as well as some incendiary bullets. Stealth belts are actually again a great choice for the 20mm cannon. They will shred the enemy to bits, sometimes light on fire. Another good belt choice is tracers as it is solely explosive, and are also a good asset to take into battle with the downside that firing it will alert the enemy of the {{PAGENAME}}'s location.
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The 7.7 mm machine gun's belts have little impact in comparison to the other armaments on the {{PAGENAME}}, but if a choice must be made, the stealth belts are a good choice as they can still pierce some armour with incendiary .
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Overall, the best way to make use of the {{PAGENAME}}'s firepower is to learn how to lead and shoot properly with stealth belts. It allows an awesome advantage of surprise and explosiveness.
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
<!--''Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.''-->
 
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{{main|Navy Type 97 Number 6 (60 kg)|Navy Type 98 Number 25 (250 kg)|l1=Type 97 No.6 (60 kg)|l2=Type 98 No.25 (250 kg)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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* Without load
 
* Without load
* 2 × 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground [[bombs]]
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* 2 × 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (120 kg total)
* 1 × 250 kg Navy Type 98 bomb
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* 1 × 250 kg Navy Type 98 bomb (250 kg total)
  
== Usage in the battles ==
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== Usage in battles ==
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Similar to past "Zeroes" the A6M5 otsu is a proficient dogfighter. With a turn time rivaling [[Biplane|biplanes]] this aircraft is more than capable of winning any standard turning fight. It encounters problems at both high speeds and high altitudes, where its foes excel at. Generally speaking, the A6M5 otsu is best utilized as a low-altitude low-speed dogfighter. It can be a great addition to a team especially if paired with higher speed Japanese aircraft such as the [[Ki-61-I hei Hien]] or [[J2M3 Raiden]]. When flying the A6M5 otsu, remember to keep your speed low and to never engage in head on attacks. Although the aircraft has a 45mm armored glass plate in the windscreen, its main armament is not centrally located in the nose and thus will be at a significant disadvantage. "Bait" enemies by making them think they have a successful shot on you and then dart away to a lower altitude. This will most often result in either kind of [[scissors]] or a standard turn fight, where the A6M5 otsu excels. Once able to be destroyed, get as close as possible to the enemy aircraft and fire in short bursts. This way, ammunition will be conserved and the enemy surely destroyed. Be careful not to go too fast, as the A6M5 otsu's control surfaces lock up making it incredibly difficult to maneuver.   
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Similar to past "Zeroes" the A6M5 Otsu is a proficient dogfighter. With a turn time rivalling biplanes this aircraft is more than capable of winning any standard turning fight. It encounters problems at both high speeds and high altitudes, where its foes excel at. Generally speaking, the A6M5 otsu is best utilized as a low-altitude low-speed dogfighter. It can be a great addition to a team especially if paired with higher speed Japanese aircraft such as the [[Ki-61_(Family)|Ki-61]] or [[J2M_(Family)|J2M3]]. When flying the A6M5 otsu, remember to keep your speed low and to never engage in head-on attacks. Although the aircraft has a 45mm armoured glass plate in the windscreen, its main armament is not centrally located in the nose and thus will be at a significant disadvantage. "Bait" enemies by making them think they have a successful shot on you and then dart away to a lower altitude. This will most often result in either kind of scissors or a standard turn fight, where the A6M5 otsu excels. Once able to be destroyed, get as close as possible to the enemy aircraft and fire in short bursts. This way, ammunition will be conserved and the enemy surely destroyed. Be careful not to go too fast, as the A6M5 otsu's control surfaces lock up making it incredibly difficult to manoeuvre.   
  
 
===Specific enemies worth noting===
 
===Specific enemies worth noting===
 
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Although the A6M5 otsu is a fantastic fighter as far as maneuverability goes, its speed is not on par with the enemy aircraft it faces. Both the [[P-51]] and the F4U can outrun the A6M5 otsu. In a situation where one is being "boom and zoomed" (enemy aircraft is using superior speed and dive attacks) call upon teammates for assistance. There is little an A6M5 otsu pilot can do against an enemy with superior speed. The A6M5 otsu is best used as a support aircraft as it is generally unable to destroy some of the aircraft it faces. Staying with other teammates is a sure tactic and will net you the best results. A "Zero" pilot must always recognize the need for teamwork and communication. One can also play the A6M5 series as a light boom and zoom aircraft, using the climb rate to get above the competition, and the improved dive capabilities over the M2/3s to swoop down onto enemies from above, but be mindful of your speed.
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Although the A6M5 Otsu is a fantastic fighter as far as manoeuvrability goes, its speed is not on par with the enemy aircraft it faces. Both the [[P-51_(Family)|P-51]] and the [[F4U_(Family)|F4U]] can outrun the A6M5 Otsu. In a situation where one is being Boom & Zoomed (enemy aircraft is using superior speed and dive attacks) call upon teammates for assistance. There is little an A6M5 otsu pilot can do against an enemy with superior speed. The A6M5 otsu is best used as a support aircraft as it is generally unable to destroy some of the aircraft it faces. Staying with other teammates is a sure tactic and will net the best results. A "Zero" pilot must always recognize the need for teamwork and communication. One can also play the A6M5 series as a light boom and zoom aircraft, using the climb rate to get above the competition, and the improved dive capabilities over the M2/3s to swoop down onto enemies from above, but be mindful of the aircraft's speed.
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Playing the {{PAGENAME}} in realistic battles will allow players to easily exploit the aircraft's turn time against its opponents.
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* Spitfires: Their turn time will come close to the {{PAGENAME}}. They are fast, and can boom and zoom. To avoid them, don't panic when they are spotted trying to boom and zoom. Counter by pretending that they have not been noticed, lulling them into a false sense of security. Then, just as they fire the first shots, dodge them, and head upwards and loop around to take the shot on them.
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* P-51: Their machine guns can do severe damage to the {{PAGENAME}}. However, a common tendency of novice P-51 pilots is to get into a maneuvering fight with the {{PAGENAME}}. Simply dodge their attacks, do a loop to get on their tail, and take the shot at the opportune moments. Even better, when beating them in a turn fight, their aircraft top profile are fully exposed, allowing for a larger surface area to be shot up and even the cockpit to hit the pilot inside.
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* Yak 3/9: Their 20 mm cannons are devastating if they hit. Do not try to head on them, just dodge the attacks by looping around the bullets, get on their tail, and shoot them before they get away!
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* Bombers: Do not tail a bomber. Only boom and zoom them as their defensive armaments can shoot up a {{PAGENAME}} <u>easily</u>.
  
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* 13.2 mm machine gun, which is powerful for its size
 
* 13.2 mm machine gun, which is powerful for its size
 
* Decent energy retention  
 
* Decent energy retention  
* 13 mm of armor in pilot's seat and 45 mm armored glass plate in windscreen
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* 13 mm of armour in pilot's seat and 45 mm armoured glass plate in the windscreen
* Impressive maneuverability
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* Impressive manoeuvrability
 
* Low stall speed
 
* Low stall speed
 
* Effective armament
 
* Effective armament
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Turn rate is slower than past A6Ms
 
* Turn rate is slower than past A6Ms
 
* Low top speed
 
* Low top speed
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* Limited ammunition for all weapons
 
* Limited ammunition for all weapons
 
* Lack of protection around fuel tanks
 
* Lack of protection around fuel tanks
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* Really expensive repair cost (28,500 SL stock)
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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The A6M5 otsu was a modification of the earlier A6M5 series. It utilized the A6M5 Ko's Type 99 mk 2 cannon modification as well as thicker wing skinning, allowing for higher dive speeds. The A6M5 otsu was the first variant of the A6M series to utilize armor protection. It was produced from April 1944 through October 1944.  
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The A6M5 Otsu was a modification of the earlier A6M5 series. It utilized the A6M5 Ko's Type 99 mk 2 cannon modification as well as thicker wing skinning, allowing for higher dive speeds. The A6M5 Otsu was the first variant of the A6M series to utilize armour protection. It was produced from April 1944 through October 1944.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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[http://live.warthunder.com/feed/camouflages/?q=%23a6m5otsu '''Skins''' and camouflages for the A6M5 from live.warthunder.com.]
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[https://live.warthunder.com/feed/camouflages/?vehicleCountry=japan&vehicleType=aircraft&vehicleClass=fighter&vehicle=a6m5otsu '''Skins''' and camouflages for the A6M5 from live.warthunder.com.]
  
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== See also ==
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* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
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''ETC.''
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;Related development
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* Nakajima [[A6M2-N]]
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* Nakajima [[A6M3]]
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;Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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* Brewster [[F2A (Family)|F2A]] Buffalo
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* Curtiss-Wright [[CW-21]]
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* Fiat [[G.50 (Family)|G.50]]
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* Grumman [[F4F (Family)|F4F]] Wildcat
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* Grumman [[F6F (Family)|F6F]] Hellcat
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* [[IAR-81C|IAR-81]]
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* Macchi [[C.200 (Family)|C.200]]
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* Nakajima [[Ki-43 (Family)|Ki-43]] Oscar
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* Supermarine [[Spitfire (Family)|Seafire]]
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* Hawker [[Hurricane (Family)|Sea Hurricane]]
  
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[[Wikipedia:Mitsubishi_A6M_Zero#A6M5_Type_0_Model_52|[Wikipedia<nowiki>]</nowiki> A6M5 Type 0 Model 52]]
  
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{{AirManufacturer Mitsubishi}}
 
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Latest revision as of 06:05, 7 February 2020

RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
A6M5 otsu
a6m5otsu.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/4.7/4.7BR
1 personCrew
3.0 tTake-off weight
2.86 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 900 mCeiling
Nakajima Sakae 21Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 2 cannonWeapon 1
250 roundsAmmunition
490 shots/minFire rate
13.2 mm Type 3 machine gunWeapon 2
230 roundsAmmunition
798 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Type 97 machine gunWeapon 3
700 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bombSetup 1
1 x 250 kg Navy Type Number 25 Model 2 bombSetup 2
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png15 840 / 20 338/16 780 / 21 545/4 620 / 5 932Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
440 % Sl icon.png410 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Japanese naval fighter A6M5 otsu. For other uses, see A6M (Family).

Description

GarageImage A6M5otsu.jpg


The A6M5 otsu is a rank III Japanese naval fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). This fighter was introduced in Update 1.37.

Being the last version in-game of the famed A6M "Zero" this aircraft is not only a continuation of the classic series but also a major improvement. It differs from other versions of the A6M in several ways - for one, this is the first version with armour in both the pilot's seat and the windscreen. In turn, this version of the A6M is inherently heavier, making the aircraft more sluggish in turns and manoeuvres. Another major upgrade from past A6M models is a 13.2mm Type 3 Browning-derived machine gun placed on the right side of the engine cowling. This gives the A6M5 otsu a fighting chance if its cannon ammunition is expended. Also featuring a pair of Type 99 mk 2 cannons and a 7.7 Type 97 machine gun, the A6M5 otsu is heavily armed for a fighter its size.

The A6M5 otsu's armament is an upgrade from previous "Zeroes". It features two Type 99 mk 2 20 mm cannons with 125 RPG along with 7.7 mm and 13.2 mm machine guns. Gun convergence is best set at 400 meters or less, as most engagements are in very close quarters. Stealth is easily the best belt for the 20 mm cannons as it is composed of high explosive rounds and API shells. Universal works If you have trouble leading the shots. Stealth or Universal belts work for both the 7.7 mm and 13.2 mm machine guns. If attacking armoured targets such as landing craft, use ground targets belts.

General info

Flight Performance

Stat card

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
541 529 10,900 16.8 17.2 9.8 12.1 190
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
565 540 10,900 15.8 16.0 15.2 16.9 190

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
740 300 420 ~18 ~7
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 280 < 420 < 410 > 335
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,500 m 1,095 hp 1,226 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,000 m 965 hp 1,081 hp

Engine performance

Engine
Engine Name Number present
Nakajima Sakae 21 14-cylinder 1
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
533 kg Radial Air
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 908 hp 1,038 hp
Realistic/Simulator 897 hp 1,028 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,106 hp 1,237 hp
Realistic/Simulator 995 hp 1,126 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • 45 mm Bulletproof glass in front
  • 13 mm Steel plate behind the pilot

Armaments

Offensive armament

The A6M5 otsu is armed with:

  • 2 × 20 mm Type 99 Mk 2 cannons, wing-mounted (125 rpg = 250 total)
  • 1 × 13.2 mm Type 3 machine gun, nose-mounted (230 rpg)
  • 1 × 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun, nose-mounted (700 rpg)

The stock belts for the A6M5 otsu's weapons are insufficiently powerful, especially for the 13mm gun. However, the 13mm gun's belts has access to full assortment of incendiary-type bullets that can light the enemy on fire. Use stealth for the 13mm for best performance of incendiary with no indicator for the enemy that the A6M5 otsu is firing.

The 20 mm cannon has more explosive potential, as well as some incendiary bullets. Stealth belts are actually again a great choice for the 20mm cannon. They will shred the enemy to bits, sometimes light on fire. Another good belt choice is tracers as it is solely explosive, and are also a good asset to take into battle with the downside that firing it will alert the enemy of the A6M5 otsu's location.

The 7.7 mm machine gun's belts have little impact in comparison to the other armaments on the A6M5 otsu, but if a choice must be made, the stealth belts are a good choice as they can still pierce some armour with incendiary .

Overall, the best way to make use of the A6M5 otsu's firepower is to learn how to lead and shoot properly with stealth belts. It allows an awesome advantage of surprise and explosiveness.

Suspended armament

The A6M5 otsu can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 × 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (120 kg total)
  • 1 × 250 kg Navy Type 98 bomb (250 kg total)

Usage in battles

Similar to past "Zeroes" the A6M5 Otsu is a proficient dogfighter. With a turn time rivalling biplanes this aircraft is more than capable of winning any standard turning fight. It encounters problems at both high speeds and high altitudes, where its foes excel at. Generally speaking, the A6M5 otsu is best utilized as a low-altitude low-speed dogfighter. It can be a great addition to a team especially if paired with higher speed Japanese aircraft such as the Ki-61 or J2M3. When flying the A6M5 otsu, remember to keep your speed low and to never engage in head-on attacks. Although the aircraft has a 45mm armoured glass plate in the windscreen, its main armament is not centrally located in the nose and thus will be at a significant disadvantage. "Bait" enemies by making them think they have a successful shot on you and then dart away to a lower altitude. This will most often result in either kind of scissors or a standard turn fight, where the A6M5 otsu excels. Once able to be destroyed, get as close as possible to the enemy aircraft and fire in short bursts. This way, ammunition will be conserved and the enemy surely destroyed. Be careful not to go too fast, as the A6M5 otsu's control surfaces lock up making it incredibly difficult to manoeuvre.

Specific enemies worth noting

Although the A6M5 Otsu is a fantastic fighter as far as manoeuvrability goes, its speed is not on par with the enemy aircraft it faces. Both the P-51 and the F4U can outrun the A6M5 Otsu. In a situation where one is being Boom & Zoomed (enemy aircraft is using superior speed and dive attacks) call upon teammates for assistance. There is little an A6M5 otsu pilot can do against an enemy with superior speed. The A6M5 otsu is best used as a support aircraft as it is generally unable to destroy some of the aircraft it faces. Staying with other teammates is a sure tactic and will net the best results. A "Zero" pilot must always recognize the need for teamwork and communication. One can also play the A6M5 series as a light boom and zoom aircraft, using the climb rate to get above the competition, and the improved dive capabilities over the M2/3s to swoop down onto enemies from above, but be mindful of the aircraft's speed.

Playing the A6M5 otsu in realistic battles will allow players to easily exploit the aircraft's turn time against its opponents.

  • Spitfires: Their turn time will come close to the A6M5 otsu. They are fast, and can boom and zoom. To avoid them, don't panic when they are spotted trying to boom and zoom. Counter by pretending that they have not been noticed, lulling them into a false sense of security. Then, just as they fire the first shots, dodge them, and head upwards and loop around to take the shot on them.
  • P-51: Their machine guns can do severe damage to the A6M5 otsu. However, a common tendency of novice P-51 pilots is to get into a maneuvering fight with the A6M5 otsu. Simply dodge their attacks, do a loop to get on their tail, and take the shot at the opportune moments. Even better, when beating them in a turn fight, their aircraft top profile are fully exposed, allowing for a larger surface area to be shot up and even the cockpit to hit the pilot inside.
  • Yak 3/9: Their 20 mm cannons are devastating if they hit. Do not try to head on them, just dodge the attacks by looping around the bullets, get on their tail, and shoot them before they get away!
  • Bombers: Do not tail a bomber. Only boom and zoom them as their defensive armaments can shoot up a A6M5 otsu easily.

Modules

The A6M5 otsu's biggest downfall is its speed. Start by unlocking performance upgrades as the stock armament options are easily workable and viable. Unlocking performance modules such as Engine and Engine Injection will also shorten turn time. Once all the performance modules have been unlocked obtaining the rest of the modules is fairly easy.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
No automatic pitch
Controllable Controllable Separate Controllable Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 13.2 mm machine gun, which is powerful for its size
  • Decent energy retention
  • 13 mm of armour in pilot's seat and 45 mm armoured glass plate in the windscreen
  • Impressive manoeuvrability
  • Low stall speed
  • Effective armament

Cons:

  • Turn rate is slower than past A6Ms
  • Low top speed
  • Locks up at high speeds
  • Mediocre roll rate, gets worse as speed increases
  • Limited ammunition for all weapons
  • Lack of protection around fuel tanks
  • Really expensive repair cost (28,500 SL stock)

History

The A6M5 Otsu was a modification of the earlier A6M5 series. It utilized the A6M5 Ko's Type 99 mk 2 cannon modification as well as thicker wing skinning, allowing for higher dive speeds. The A6M5 Otsu was the first variant of the A6M series to utilize armour protection. It was produced from April 1944 through October 1944.

Media

Skins and camouflages for the A6M5 from live.warthunder.com.

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

[Wikipedia] A6M5 Type 0 Model 52


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Jet Fighters  Ki-200 · T-2
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A7M  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
F1M  F1M2
J2M  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
J6K  J6K1
J7W  J7W1
N1K  N1K1 · N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu
Ki-43  Ki-43-I · Ki-43-II · Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-II otsu · Ki-44-II hei
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 otsu · Ki-84 hei
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Other countries  A7He1 · ▅F4U-1A · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5