Fw 190 D-9

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The Fw 190 D-9 is a Rank IV German fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB) and 5.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The Fw 190 D-9 is considered by many to be the best prop plane Germany has at 6.0 BR and below, and for good reason. The 190 D-9 is one of the few planes where it's advantages are in extreme excess of its disadvantages. With its outstanding climb, high speed, crisp controls and tight firepower it is able to zoom in, get shots on target, and then escape in the blink of an eye. It may have mushy maneuvering at low speeds, and may not be the best aircraft to take into the high vertical while slow, but it is by and large a top-tier aircraft in good hands.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
674 656 12,000 21.9 22.3 8.6 11.2 453
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,800 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 12,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 453


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
920 920  ??? ~22 ~22
Optimal velocities
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,700 m 1,768 hp 2,192 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,000 m 1,649 hp 2,045 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel - Engine cowl armor
  • 8 mm Steel - Under cockpit/fuel tank armor
  • 5 mm Steel - Rear fuel tank armor
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot's seat armor
  • 6 mm Steel - Pilot's seat armor
  • 12 mm Steel - Headrest armor
  • 57 mm Bulletproof Glass


Offensive armament

The Fw 190 D-9 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Mg151/20 cannon, wing-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, nose-mounted (450 rpg = 900 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Fw 190 D-9 can be outfitted with payloads such as:

  • Without loads
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb (700 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb (500 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (450 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)
  • 8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in the battles

The Fw 190 D-9 is definitely in the top 3 list for Germany's piston-engine fighter lineup. Thanks to the new inline engine, this Fw has a massive power upgrade from the radial versions of the Fw 190. The Fw 190 D-9 has a unique and powerful list of traits that set it apart from the pack and have solidified it as one of the deadliest battle rating fighters in the game.

The engine and airframe characteristics are the major area where the new inline engine of the 190 Dora series benefits. Not only is the Jumo 213A smaller and more aerodynamically clean than a BMW radial, it also has more power. Acceleration is extremely good across the entire speed range, but most notably at low-medium speeds and likewise for altitudes, being competitive with the vaunted La-7B-20 at low altitudes. The D-9 goes a blazing 621 km/h at sea level, which is 20 or so km/h faster than the Bf 109 K-4! Maximum speed at 2200 m is 660 km/h (TAS) and rises from there, at 5500 m it is 710 km/h, and at 8000 m it's 680 km/h, steadily dropping off from there. Those are all extremely competitive numbers, beating out most of it's opposition. Climb rate is equally good, taking 90 seconds to hit 2000 m, 192 to 4000 m, 297 to 6000 m, and 430 to 8000 m. Again, this is outstanding performance that is better than most aircraft it faces. Dive acceleration and maximum diving speed are both extremely strong traits of the D-9. This plane redlines at about 880 km/h IAS, which is absolutely insane! I have yet to snap the wings off both in maneuvering and extended dives. At the start of a RB match you can WEP for about 5-6 minutes before engine heat will give you trouble. The engine overheats at 120°C and the oil at 90°C. Engine heat decreases at a relatively slow rate while at 100% throttle and the MW-50 lasts for a total of 30 minutes.

It is widely considered that maneuverability is how well a plane can turn, which in the D-9's case it's turning is generally poor. The D-9's turn rate is at it's best above 450 km/h, where it can swing it's nose around at alarming speed. at speeds below 320 km/h, the D-9 is one of the worst turners in the game. It is important to keep speeds relatively high to maximize your turn rate and maneuvering potential. Energy conserving maneuvers like yo-yo's should be utilized to make the most out of your precious energy reserve. Never get in sustained turning engagements, always disengage early if you find yourself losing too much speed. While the D-9 may be a bad turner, it more than makes up for it with it's extremely responsive and high rate of roll. The Fw 190's have always been known to dominate in this area, and the D-9 continues the 190 tradition of crushing the opposition here. Rate of roll is sadly best utilized by more experienced pilots, but it is one of the most important traits for fighter aircraft. Try to think of maneuvers that best utilize your roll rate advantage when on the defensive. The 190's maneuvering traits suit a more Boom & Zoom/slash attack style of play; keeping crisp controls up to breakneck speeds combined with the roll rate and instantaneous turn ability makes it one of the best Boom & Zoom planes in the game. It is for this reason the D-9 is the preferred ride for veterans and newbies alike.

The Fw 190 D-9 carries a strong weapon set with two 20 mm MG-151/20 cannons in the wing root and two 13 mm MG-131 in the cowling. Like all 190's, the D-9 has a very generous ammunition load, packing 250 rounds per cannon and 475 rounds per MG. Do not be afraid to take low percentage shots, and feel free to pelt stationary targets at long distance. A good belt setup would be air targets for the cannons and stealth for the MG's. The bulk of the firepower here are the cannons, so maximizing your Mineshell count is important. Stealth belts for the 13 mm make your 20 mm rounds easier to track and make it more difficult for your enemy to see your fire due to the low amount of tracers the cannons spew. The MG-151/20 has a comparatively slow firing rate and muzzle velocity if you are used to Hispanos and allied .50 calibre, so lead more than you are used to. As a whole, the D-9's weapons allow good snap shot ability while retaining a lot of firing time, making it a well rounded yet powerful package.

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 13 mm, ETC 71 I
II Compressor Airframe New 13 mm MGs, ETC 71 II
III Wing Repair, Engine Offensive 20 mm, ETC 504 I, ETC 504 + ER 4 I
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons, ETC 504 II, ETC 504 + ER 4 II

Pros and cons


  • Excellent top speed
  • Very fast roll rate
  • Great energy retention
  • Great climb rate
  • Deadly armament
  • Nose centered armament
  • Plenty of ammo
  • Can go into dives with impunity (the speed limit is around 900 kph IAS)
  • Good Stability on all axis
  • Good at climbing turns


  • Bad flat turn rate.
  • Sub Average sustained turn rate.
  • Bad low-speed maneuverability.


Kurt Tank, the designer of the venerable Fw 190 lineup quickly realized by 1943 that the field of aerial warfare was changing rapidly. The world had moved on beyond dive bombers, and the allies had begun forming massive, four engine bomber wings that devastated Axis ground troops and factories. At the time, Fw 190's played similar rolls to the American P-47 Thunderbolts, serving as ground attack planes and low altitude interceptors. Fw 190's retained air superiority over allied forces all the way up to the introduction of the British Spitfire Mk. IX. Despite this impressive service record, Fw 190's had one flaw, which would soon usher in the need of the "Dora" Line-up. Their performance was hindered drastically at higher altitudes, where aerial warfare was now moving towards. Germany, in desperate need of fighters to engage and stop these massive bomber raids had turned to Messerschmitt and Focke-wulf to produce a high altitude interceptor, and Kurt Tank's response was the Fw 190 D-9.

Unlike previous models, the "Dora" series boasted an improved engine. Specifically, a Jumo 213A bomber engine, more commonly used in the Ju-88. This much larger engine required for the hull of the Fw-190 to also be extended in the front, and for balancing reasons, the tail as well. The D-9 also sacrificed it's 4 x 20 mm MG-151 cannons previously used in previous Fw-190's for two 20 mm MG-151 cannons, and a twin set of 13 mm's over the previous models' MG-82's. With an impressive 700+ Km/h speed, the D-9 proved to be one of the fastest interceptors to be rolled off a German assembly line. Despite this, the D-9 was instead used for ground attack rolls and fighter interception, using its speed to drop its payload and vanish long before enemy flak had the time to line up a shot.


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