Fw 190 A-5

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Fw 190 A-5
fw-190a-5_cannons.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.3/4.7/5.3BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
6.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
BMW 801 D2Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
912 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannonWeapon 1
180 roundsAmmunition
560 shots/minFire rate
2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 2
500 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 3
1 800 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x Wfr.Gr.21 rocketsSetup 1
Economy
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 430 / 5 688/4 350 / 5 585/1 700 / 2 182Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
× (148) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 3.2 Sl icon.png× 2.9 Sl icon.png× 1.0 Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Fw 190 A-5. For other uses, see Fw 190 (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage Fw190A5.jpg


The Fw 190 A-5 is a Rank III German fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 4.7 (RB), and 4.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.35.

'"Würger" is the German nickname of this beast of a plane. It can be translated as slayer, choker, or strangler. In that regard fits the English designation well too: "Butcher-bird"

One nineties are fighters, and while this one can load additional payload, it will reduce the planes combat ability. Using it as a fighter-bomber is generally not advised, this would be the duty of the 190F-8 instead.

Rocking four 20 mm cannons, an armoured radial engine, armoured fuel tanks, and sometimes two artillery rockets, this aircraft is far from shy in the giving and taking role. Anything at 12 o'clock is soon to be dead. The wing root mounted cannons should be additionally placed on a separate key for head-on attacks. The outer-wing guns would only miss on distances of 800-1000 m (~0.7 miles). This also helps for tricky shots, as the second pair of 20 mm guns only has 90 shots each, instead of the whopping 250 of the inner ones.

The rockets are an interesting piece of equipment. Developed from the 210 Nebelwerfer artillery system, they were originally used to break up B-17E formations by forcing the US pilots to evade them. This was rather done to safely get closer to now separate lone bombers then actually use the rockets to kill them. The BR.21 has the same shell drop as the MK 108 cannon, so if you are already used to it from flying the 109, well done. If not, which wouldn't be a surprise as this is the page for the Fw 190, then prepare for some misses. Like the "Sledgehammer" Mk 108, the accuracy is woeful, not made better by the low velocity. This is a characteristic noticeable in game which makes them difficult to use in direct fighter to fighter engagements. But all of these deficits are made up by the warhead. Oh boy... they've got power. With the fuse timer set correctly, even misses will damage enemy planes, as the shock wave radius gets close to 100 m. So watch out when using them against ground units. You will most likely just kill yourself, over 100 m safety distance is strongly advised!!!

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,300 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
632 612 10,300 23.0 23.4 8.7 10.7 450
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,300 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 10,300  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 450

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
860 860  ??? ~19 ~19
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 420 < 510 < 510 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,500 m 1,604 hp 1,822 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,900 m 1,444 hp 1,640 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel - Fore engine cowling
  • 5 mm Steel - Secondary engine cowling
  • 6 mm Steel - Lower engine plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Lower cockpit/fuel tank plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Rear fuel tank plate
  • 6 mm Steel - Pilot seat back (first plate)
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot seat back (second plate)
  • 12 mm Steel - Headrest
  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Fw 190 A-5 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, wing-mounted (250 RPG = 500 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannon, wing-mounted (90 RPG = 180 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, nose-mounted (RPG rpg = 900 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Wfr.Gr.21

The Fw 190 A-5 can externally mount the following ordinance:

  • 2 x 210 mm Wfr.Gr.21 rockets

Usage in the battles

The Fw 190 A-5/U2, as all the planes in this line, is one of the best Boom and Zoomers in the game and should be flown exclusively in this style. The performance at high speeds is excellent, as is their dive and zoom characteristics. 'Do not ever engage in a turn fight as this will most likely end badly. Instead, fight only in the vertical. Try to have an altitude, or speed advantage over your opponents (by climbing to the side at the start of the battle and then enter the highest battle you see). But you can still win fights when you are lower in energy than your foe.

In the defensive, you can often just dive away from planes, such as Spitfires and La-5s, but you need at a decent altitude to gain your top speed, so do not be too quick to dive after an enemy, if they fly below your plane, unless you are higher then everybody else or alone. Just be sure to have the time to regain the lost altitude.

In a dive the 190 can, due its short wings, pull quite some stunts to either lose the hunter, or even make him loose his own wings! This is a favourable strategy against La-5s, Yaks & Spitfires who have, due their low wing loading (and partly wooden wings for the Russians), less resistance against high G maneuvers. Again, be sure to regain your energy by a zoom-climb. Just look out while doing so, many pilots die as they do not notice a second enemy aircraft approaching. German proverb:"Wenn Zwei sich streiten, freut sich der Dritte." ~ "When two quarrel, the third will reap the success." Of course this could also be you.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs, R6 Modification
III Wing Repair, Engine Offensive 20 mm, Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons, New 20 mm Cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent firepower
  • Excellent roll rate
  • Very good bomber hunter
  • Well armored from the front
  • Great at Boom & Zoom
  • Lots of 20 mm ammo
  • Performs very well in dives
  • Decent climb rate when upgraded
  • Features the most unlockable camouflage available from the entire German Tech tree
  • Simulator: Good instantaneous turn

Cons:

  • Engine overheats fast
  • Weak climb rate stock
  • Slight engine damage will severely reduce performance
  • Not much defensive possibilities (only dive and scissors)
  • Loses power above 5000 m steadily

History

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