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The A7He1 was the Japanese Navy's designation and purchase of the German He 112 B-0 to strengthen the IJNAS in China. The He 112 was a surplus model that Germany had discarded in favour of the Bf 109 and sold to other nations. The Japanese compared the A7He1 with their own A5M fighter, which was their best option at the time. The A6M, a more advanced fighter, was still under development. The A7He1 had superior guns and speed than the A5M4, but it lacked agility and climb performance. It also did not suit the Navy's aerial combat doctrine. The Japanese cancelled the order for more A7He1s and used them only for research purposes, studying their features, engine and equipment.

It was introduced in Update 1.37. It provides an interesting yet different playstyle to the Japanese tree. The main advantages of this plane are speed and firepower. It can reach a maximum speed of 690 km/h, which is very fast for its rank. However, it has a mediocre climb rate, and it is not very manoeuvrable or responsive. The best feature of this plane is its armament, which consists of two 20 mm cannons and two fast-firing 7.92 mm machine guns.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 800 m502 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude8 000 m
EngineJunkers Jumo 210С
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight2 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 482 466 8000 20.0 20.8 11.0 11.0 250
Upgraded 525 502 18.0 19.0 17.3 13.8


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
730 450 498 469 320 ~14 ~14
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 280 < 320 < 360 > 315

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural730 km/h
Gear450 km/h

The A7He1 has no armour protection, but the fuel tanks are self-sealing. All the major modules are located in the nose and wing roots of the plane. This means the pilot and major modules have very little protection, although from the front the engine can absorb shots before they injure the pilot.

  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB441 Sl icon.png
SB602 Sl icon.png
Crew training2 300 Sl icon.png
Experts15 000 Sl icon.png
Aces125 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 30 / 60 / 120 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm MG FF cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate520 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate1 200 shots/min

The A7He1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG FF cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

The offensive weapons are equal to the Bf 109 E-3 with one exception: the nose-mounted machine guns have half the ammo. While this seems to be a drawback for the He 112/A7He1, it really is not. With 500 rounds per gun, the Heinkel will not run out of ammo any time soon.

The 7.92 mm MG 17s major advantage comes in handy for adjusting shots at long range. The 7.92 mm bullet has better bullet ballistics than the 20 mm MG FF, but they can still be used for predicting the bullet drop of the 20 mm cannon shells. Keep in mind that the MG 17's successor, the 13 mm MG 131, has the same ballistics as the MG 17; a decision deliberately made in real life to allow pilots to immediately use the new MG without having to adjust for a change bullet behaviour.

On paper, the A7He1 appears to be quite well armed, having two machine guns and two MG FF cannons. However, the cannons are quite underwhelming, especially with the Air targets belt. Many of the belts' rounds seem to explode on the surface of enemy aircraft, damaging external features such as control surfaces, but doing very little internal damage. Sometimes, multiple hits can be placed on an aircraft with little or no effect. It is recommended to aim for control surfaces, particularly ailerons and elevators on the wings and tail. This means that if an aircraft can't be knocked out of the sky via firepower, it can be forced to crash due to loss of control.

The A7He1 can perform well in naval battles, especially Naval RB. Compared to other early German and Japanese aircraft which only have poor-penetrating 7.92/7.7mm machine guns, the A7He1 has two powerful cannons which can deal a lot of damage, especially to small boats. It is recommended to use stealth belt in this role, as this belt has lots of APHE rounds.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Good firepower
  • Good speed
  • Good stability
  • Small size
  • Plenty of machine gun ammo, decent back-up after cannon ammunition runs out
  • Quite manoeuvrable
  • Decent roll rate
  • Has WEP unlike previous He 112s


  • Mediocre sustained turn rate
  • Low cannon ammunition count
  • MG FF cannons' damage can be inconsistent
  • No armour or protection around important modules
  • Armament can be ineffective in ground attack
  • Armament can be ineffective against large bombers
  • Poor handling at high speeds


As the He 112 was being phased out of German service in favour of the Bf 109, the Germans started considering exporting the design. The first nation placing an order was Japan, who ordered 30 He 112 B-0 to be used on the Chinese front by the Navy. The Japanese Naval designation for the He 112 B-0 was A7He1 (A7 Heinkel 1), as the A6M Zero was still in tweaking stage.

As the first 12 He 112 B-0 arrived, the Navy started comparing their new purchase with some of their own designs. The main comparison was the A7He1 vs A5M. From test results, they concluded that the A7He1 was quite the speed demon compared to the A5M but lacked manoeuvrability and climbing speed. Due this, the Navy scrapped the plan for frontline usage of the A7He1 and used them instead for training and teaching purposes. The planes were also studied to research the wing design, engine, landing gear and auxiliary technology. In addition, a single A7He1 was passed down to the Second Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Imperial University for further research.

The remaining order of He 112 B-0 was cancelled due to delays and the design being considered inferior to domestic Japanese plane design as well as being too deviant from the IJN's fighter doctrine. The He 112 B-0s of the order remaining in Germany were diverted to the Condor Legion to fight in the Spanish Civil War instead.



See also

Related development
Other German aircraft tested by Japan

External links

Heinkel Aircraft Company (Heinkel Flugzeugwerke)
Fighters  He 51 A-1 · He 51 B-1 · He 51 B-2/H · He 51 C-1 · He 51 C-1/L
  He 100 D-1
  He 112 A-0 · He 112 B-0 · He 112 V-5
Jet fighters  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Twin-engine fighters  He 219 A-7
Bombers  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16
  He 115 C-1
  He 177 A-5
Export  He 112 B-1/U2(Hungary) · He 112 B-1/U2(Romania) · He 112 B-2/U2 · A7He1
  T 2

Japan fighters
Carrier-based fighter 
A5M  A5M4 · Hagiri's A5M4
A6M  A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2 · A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko · A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu · A6M5 Hei · A6M6c
A7He  A7He1*
A7M  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
Land-based Fighter 
J2M  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
J6K  J6K1
J7W  J7W1
N1K-J  N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Fighter seaplane 
N1K  N1K1
A6M-N  A6M2-N
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
Ki-43  Ki-43-I · Ki-43-II · Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-I 34 · Ki-44-II otsu · Ki-44-II hei
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Tada's Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II Otsu Kai
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  ▅F4U-1A · ▅P-51C-11-NT · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5
  *Imported designation of the He 112 (A6M was in development - A7M would take A7 designation after the cancelation of the A7He)

Japan premium aircraft
Fighters  Hagiri's A5M4 · A7He1 · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
  Ki-44-II otsu · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅F4U-1A · Ki-100-II · Ki-44-I 34
  ▅Fw 190 A-5 · A7M1 (NK9H) · Tada's Ki-61-I hei · ▅P-51C-11-NT
  J2M4 Kai · A6M5 Ko · A6M6c · J2M5 · Ki-87 · J6K1
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-96
Jet fighters  F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · T-2 Early · F-4EJ ADTW
Bombers  Ki-21-I hei · Ki-48-II otsu · H8K3 · B7A2 (Homare 23) · ▅B-17E