He 162 A-2

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He 162 A-2
General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.5 tTake-off weight
2.76 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 000 mCeiling
BMW 003Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1040 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
240 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
86 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
350 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png10 780 / 13 572/9 550 / 12 023/3 250 / 4 091Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
410 % Sl icon.png350 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German jet fighter He 162 A-2. For other version, see He 162 A-1.


The He 162 A-2 in the garage

The He 162 A-2 is a Rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB) and 6.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
800 774 12 000 31.5 32.7 19.1 18.0 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 12 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 750


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1040 350 700 ~31 ~18
Optimal velocities
< 500 < 500 < 580 > 250

Survivability and armour

  • 15 mm steel - bulkhead behind cockpit
  • Engine exposed on top of fuselage
  • Fuel tanks in fuselage and wings below engine


Offensive armament

Main article: MG 151/20 (20 mm)

The He 162 A-2 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, chin-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)

The twin MG 151s have the least stopping power out of all the early Tier 5 jets. However, when compared to the 30mm Mk. 108's found on other German jets, its cannons have acceptable muzzle velocity, though this will remain a problem. The ammo count is less than enough considering the speeds at which jet combat takes place.

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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


"Offensive 20mm", "Compressor", "Wings repair" then "Engine" in that and no other order! Why? The stock Mg151 belts are bad as they lack the very powerful HE Minengeschosse. Compressor and Engine are no brainers. Everything that improves acceleration is a must for early jets. Wings repair is superior to new cannons, the stock Mg151 does not overheat and accuracy is acceptable in short bursts. 

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Relatively quick
  • Favorable matchmaking can make the vehicle fight lower-ranked propeller aircraft
  • Hard-hitting armament
  • Plenty of ammunition
  • Does not have WEP, however throttle can push past 100% (up to 106% throttle)
  • Very good visibility
  • Okay Energy Retention and Top speed
  • Small target
  • Low surface wing surface area presents a small target when turning
  • Can use WEP practically forever above 6000m
  • Great roll rate


  • Horrible acceleration
  • Extended throttle over 100% burns up jet engine
  • Difficult take off
  • Climbs like brick
  • High speed + short wings = difficult turner
  • Low roll stability
  • Engine mounted on top, vertical maneuver techniques need to account for the pitching-down moment of the engine thrust
  • Struggles to take-off on some airfields
  • Engine overheats below 2000m significantly, a P-51D could potentially catch up at sea level
  • Slow in level flight compared to other jets
  • Lackluster armament compared to the far majority of other late-tier prop fighters and early jet


Initially this Heinkel fighter was designated He 500, but by October, in order to fool enemy intelligence services, the RLM redesignated the plane He 162; the number being previously assigned to a Messerschmitt fast bomber prototype that competed with the Ju 88. At the same time, the fighter was named the Salamander, which initially was the codename for the very same fast bomber design. The official name at the start of introduction was Volksjäger to emphasize the usage as every man's fighter similar to Volkswagen aka VW.

Overall 170 to 320 aircraft were produced, most of them A-2 variants. The previous A-1 were first fitted with Mk108, but these shocked the airframe too hard and were changed into the less recoil-heavy Mg151/20. An interesting feature is the dorsal mounted engine. It serves two purposes; first: Easier maintenance like with Me 262s underwing gondolas and second - and most importantly: The high installation greatly reduced foreign object damage - or FOD. Unpaved runways were common on all sides in WW2 and rocks and other debris were often sucked into the intake -- the main cause of engine failures in early jets.

Albeit named the Volksjäger, the jet was a dangerous vehicle for beginners. Short flight time and a high stall speed compared to the gliders most recruits trained on caused a high after-combat crash rate, especially on landing approaches. Pilots often failed to attain the recommended landing speed of 250 kph (100 more than the Bf109) due either inexperience or lack of fuel. The high landing speed was the cause of even more deadly problems.

In the air, however, the aircraft was praised even by its foes. Allied pilots loved to take the captured He 162s into the air, praising its smooth flight and good controlability. Only downside was the weak rudder and weak in the literal meaning. RAF pilot, Flt Lt R A Marks, despite being instructed not to use heavy rudder on high speed, performed a low-altitude, high-speed barrel roll during a demonstration. A fin and rudder assembly ripped out of its socket, the sudden loss of control and insufficient height resulted in a fatal crash.

Like the Me 262 Schwalbe the Volksjäger proved to be too little too late.


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See also

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Germany jet aircraft
Me.262  Me 262 A-1/U4 Pulkzerstörer · Me 262 A-1a Schwalbe · Me 262 A-2a Sturmvogel · Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I · Me 262 C-2b Heimatschützer II
  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2 · Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Ho 229 V3
Bombers  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
Other countries  CL-13A Sabre Mk 5 · CL-13B Sabre Mk.6 · ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · Sea Hawk Mk.100 · G.91 R/3