He 112 A-0

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He 112 A-0
General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.3 tTake-off weight
0.74 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
7 500 mCeiling
Junkers Jumo 210СEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
680 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm MG C/30L cannonWeapon 1
100 roundsAmmunition
326 shots/minFire rate
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png510 / 629/540 / 666/300 / 370Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German fighter He 112 A-0. For other versions, see He 112 (Family).


GarageImage He112A0.jpg

The He 112 A-0 is a rank I German fighter with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB), 1.3 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The He-112 A-0 is a very solid rank I plane, with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB), 1.3 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). Being fully-metal and equipped with a 20 mm MG C/30L cannon, it is quite a formidable foe in the hands of a decent rank I pilot.

Speed and climb are one of the main factors when using this plane. It is roughly on par with the faster monoplanes at rank I, being slightly slower than the F2A and P-36G. Climb rate is good when engine upgrades and fuselage upgrades are purchased, at around 16 m/s. While this is much less than some of the top pre-war biplanes, the He-112 is also much faster, better protected, and performs better at altitude.

Play in the vertical when using the He-112. Typical rank I planes consist of biplanes and pre-war monoplanes that are much more manoeuvrable than the He-112. Don't get into a horizontal turn fight with a biplane; energy retention is fairly poor and after a few turns you'll be left a sitting duck for 7.92 mm and .50 cal MGs to rip you apart. Climb to a favourable height (3 - 4 km), and then begin boom and zoom attacks, by diving on favourable targets. In Realistic Battles, do not dive far vertically or perform extreme manoeuvres at high speed; your wings will rip.

One unique aspect of the He-112 A-0 is its excellent cannon, the MG C/30L. Derived from the Flak 38, the MG C/30L possesses very good firepower, and when utilizing HE (High Explosive) shells, it is capable of ripping all rank I planes apart with a few short bursts. Be warned, however - against bombers, utilise deflection shooting and attack at angles, aiming for the wing. A single 20 mm, regardless of capability, will do you no good if you simply pump shells into a bomber's fuselage.

Overall, remember- the He-112 excels in the vertical and in terms of firepower/durability, being an all-metal monoplane with an excellent cannon.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,200 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
459 445 7 500 17.8 18.5 9.5 9.4 350
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,200 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
487 473 7 500 16.3 17.0 12.8 11.1 350


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
420 ~9 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 280 < 320 < 360 > 315
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,800 m 640 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

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Offensive armament

Main article: MG C/30L (20 mm)

The He 112 A-0 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG C/30L cannon, nose-mounted (100 rpg)

Usage in battles

The He 112's instrument panel.

The single and unique cannon gives the He 112 an interesting and quite a challenging play style. It has two types of round: API-T and HEFI-T. API-T is high penetration but causes less internal damage. It is useful against bombers and light ground targets. HEFI-T is devastating against smaller aircraft. Sometimes just one direct hit will be enough to completely dismantle a target. However, HEFI-T is unreliable against larger targets, where it often just explodes on the exterior of the target and causes limited damage. Carrying a mixed belt can be a good idea if there are a range of targets available.

The cannon can be very difficult to aim against fast targets, as it has quite a slow rate of fire. Luckily, the plane is manoeuvrable and turns well, so you can get your cannon on target quite effectively. It is also faster than biplanes and some other monoplanes, meaning that Boom & Zoom tactics work quite well.

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
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 20 mm
III Wings repair Engine
IV Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Decent speed.
  • Decent rate of climb when fully upgraded.
  • Extremely versatile, can do both turn fighting and energy fighting depending on the opposition.
  • Excellent cannon ('Air Target' belts have brilliant HEFI-T rounds).
  • API-T rounds have good penetration (over 40 mm), making them good against lightly armoured targets, though it is not recommended to use the cannon in this role.
  • Cannon has 100 rounds. The slow rate of fire of the cannon means that you can make these 100 rounds last.


  • Exposed cockpit.
  • No armour to protect the pilot.
  • Does not excel at a particular fighting style.
  • Sluggish against tougher foes.
  • Aiming is difficult, needs a lot of experience.
  • Cannon has a slow rate of fire.
  • No backup machine guns. Once the cannon ammo is gone you will have to wait until reload (AB) or return to the airbase to rearm (RB/SB).


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In-game description

Heinkel He.112V6 (He.112A-0) single-engine front-line fighter, issued 1936.

The next prototype of the He.112V6 was equipped with an inline 12-cylinder liquid-cooled Junkers Jumo.210C engine with a takeoff power of 680 hp and a three-bladed metal Schwarz variable-pitch propeller.

The greatest difference between this plane and the previous prototype was its armament. In place of two 7.92-mm machine guns, the He.112V6 was equipped with a 20-mm Rheinmetall-Borsig MG C/30L cannon with 150 rounds which fired through the hollow propeller shaft.

The He.112V6 fighter underwent its first flight test in July of 1936. Shortly afterwards, the Reich Ministry of Aviation decided to use General Franco’s rebellion in Spain (and the ensuing Civil War) to test new combat aircraft models in real combat and to develop air combat tactics. As a result, in November of 1936 three prototype Bf.109s and one He.112V6 were sent to Spain.

In early December, all four machines arrived at the Spanish port of Cadiz and were taken to Seville’s Tablada airport. The aircraft were placed in the Condor Legion’s 88th Fighter Group, made up of German “volunteers” and armed with German equipment. The Heinkel became the only cannon-carrying fighter, not only in the Legion, but also in the entirety of the rebels’ air force. Therefore, it was decided that the plane would be used as a ground attack aircraft. Together with the Ju.87A and Hs.123 dive bombers, the Heinkel was used to strike Republican armored vehicles, field fortifications, and artillery positions. Soon it was nicknamed the “cannon bird” (“kanonenvogel”).

In early 1937, the kanonenvogel took part in the battles over the river Jarama. On March 16, an He.112V6 was flown on its most successful sortie ever by Oberleutnant Wilhelm Balthasar. During an attack on an armored train, Balthasar managed to hit the ammunition in one of the armored wagons. The powerful explosion blew the car to pieces and shells detonated all around; as a result, the train was completely destroyed. On the way back, the pilot used his remaining ammunition on a Republican tank and also blew it to pieces.

After this victory, Balthasar was appointed commander of the experimental assault team, which consisted of three two-seater Ne.45 biplanes and an He.112V6 kanonenvogel.

The “cannon bird’s” combat life ended on July 19, 1937. While returning to base, the plane’s motor jammed unexpectedly. During the subsequent emergency landing, the He.112V6’s fuselage snapped in half. The pilot escaped uninjured, but the plane was discarded.

The He.112V6 became the prototype and lead aeroplane of the pre-production He.112A-0 fighter, of which a total of five were made, two of which were exported to Japan.


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See also

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