H8K2

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
This page is about the Japanese bomber H8K2. For the premium H8K plane, see H8K3.
H8K2
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H8K2
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Description

The H8K2 is a rank I Japanese bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB) and 3.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 000 m476 km/h
Turn time33 s
Max altitude9 500 m
Engine4 х Mitsubishi Kasei 22
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight33 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 454 445 9500 33.9 34.8 3.5 3.5 750
Upgraded 500 476 32.1 33.0 10.5 6.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
560 450 420 420 260 ~4 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 360 < 360 > 341

Survivability and armour

Crew9 people
Speed of destruction
Structural560 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 20mm steel plates protecting rear gunner
  • 5mm steel behind pilots
  • 5mm steel protecting dorsal gunner
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (6 in the mid-fuselage, 1 in each wingroot, 3 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB860 → 1 088 Sl icon.png
RB2 860 → 3 620 Sl icon.png
SB2 300 → 2 911 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 940 Rp icon.png
9 460 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces130 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 140 / 140 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
type92_turret_belt_pack
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
12 in (mod30)
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 2.png
Mods turret gun.png
type92_turret_new_gun
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
type99_turret_belt_pack
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
type99_turret_new_gun
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
14 in (mod35)
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups5
List of setups
Setup 12 x Type 91 Model 2 torpedo (835 kg)
Setup 216 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bomb
Setup 38 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bomb
Setup 42 x 800 kg Navy Type 99 Number 80 AP bomb
Setup 52 x 800 kg Navy Type Number 80 Model 1 bomb

The H8K2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 835 kg Type 91 Model 2 torpedoes
  • 16 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (960 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 800 kg Navy Type 99 Number 80 AP bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 2 x 800 kg Navy Type Number 80 Model 1 bombs (1,600 kg total)

Defensive armament

5 х Turret20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon
Ammunition270 rounds
Fire rate517 shots/min
5 х Turret7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun
Ammunition582 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min

The H8K2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon, nose turret (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon, dorsal turret (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon, 2 x beam turrets (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon, tail turret (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun, 2 x cockpit turrets (582 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun, 2 x wing root turrets (582 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun, ventral turret (582 rpg)

Usage in battles

The H8K2 can be thought of as a Japanese version of the German BV 238, and plays similarly. However, there are some key differences between the two aircraft. The H8K2 can be used in both Naval battles, and Air battles, though there are some key limitations. The aircraft has a strong defensive armament suite of ten guns (five 20 mm cannons and five 7.7 mm machine guns), and can also carry a pair of torpedoes. However, it is a very large aircraft, and is easily shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. In general, the aircraft should avoid close-in, frontline combat, and instead be used as a heavy bomber/support aircraft.

The first playstyle for this aircraft would be a heavy bomber in RB. The aircraft benefits from airspawn, meaning that it is much less vulnerable from interception. However, there is one key limitation to this role - the H8K2's tiny payload. The aircraft can only carry a maximum of 1,600 kilograms of bombs, in two 800 kg bombs. This effectively limits the aircraft to destroying a single base, which doesn't yield great bonuses. The 800 kg bombs are also ineffective against ground targets, as they drop together. This means that the only viable option against ground targets are the 60 kg bombs. However, these are also rather ineffective due to their tiny size and low explosive mass.

The second, and more interesting playstyle would be in Naval RB. The aircraft is a floatplane, meaning that it can be used to cap bases. As well, the aircraft can carry two torpedoes, which are very effective against larger vessels. Thus, the aircraft could be used as a torpedo-bomber, staying low and attacking enemies with torpedoes from a distance. However, do not approach to close to enemy naval vessels, as the H8K is massive and an easy target for enemy AAA.

When being attacked, one excellent option is the H8K's defensive armament. The 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannons are essentially upgraded MG FF cannons, and can do extensive damage to attacking fighters. However, take note that the aircraft has very limited protection from the underside, similar to other flying boats. Try to bait attacking fighters to your six (and slightly to the right or left), so that you can engage them with the tail, dorsal and beam turrets.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • H8K for Flying boat:
    • Bomber spawn
    • Landing floats
      • Can capture points in Naval
    • Excellent combined defensive armament
    • 2 x Type 91 Aerial Torpedo
      • Torpedo has the highest drop speed in the game at 580 km/h and is one of the most feared torpedoes in Naval Battles
    • 16 x Type 97 No.6 Land Bomb (60 kg)
      • Gets 2 x bomb racks of 8 x 60 kg bombs which can be used to hit multiple targets
    • 2 x No.80 Land Bomb (800 kg)
      • Heaviest bomb Japanese Navy can offer
  • H8K specific:
    • Decent defensive armament for its rank: 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 Cannon
    • Quite fast for its size and rank
    • Incredible climb rate
    • Decently survivable with armour and self-sealing tanks

Cons:

  • H8K for Flying boat:
    • Huge target
    • Lack of land-suitable gear
      • Very unreliable to land on regular run-ways
    • Bombs drop in series
  • Common Navy plane construction:

History

Widely recognized as the best maritime combat aircraft of WWII, the H8K2 was the main production model of the H8K series of bombers, making up 112 of the 167 total H8Ks of all variants. In 1938, just as its predecessor, the H6K, was entering service, the Imperial Navy ordered the development of a larger aircraft with longer range suited for solo bombing and patrol missions. The resulting H8K flying boats, entering service in February 1942, performed well until the end of the war, and were respected by allied pilots for their fearsome defensive armament. After the war, an H8K2 (one of only four which survived the war) was captured by American forces, and was eventually returned to Japan in 1979, where it remains on display to this day.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Kawanishi Aircraft Company
Fighters  N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
  J6K1
Hydroplanes  N1K1
Bombers  H6K4 · H8K2 · H8K3

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B7A  B7A2
Land-based Bomber 
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