He 177 A-5

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He 177 A-5
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Description

The He 177 A-5 is a rank IV German bomber with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm" as part of the revenue share program. It was created by Daniil "Joy_Division__" Zaytsev.

The Heinkel He 177 A-5 is a heavy bomber that excels at destroying stationary targets such as pillboxes and bases from altitude. Its speed allows to bomb one base or two before confronting any enemy plane and then withdrawing back in shallow dive. Even if an enemy is trying to intercept you, your defensive armament in manual mode would keep it at bay.

Although the He 177 A-5 looks like a twin-engine bomber, it has the power of a four-engined bomber, because the DB 610 engine is actually made up of two DB 605 engines coupled together to turn a single propeller.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 500 m555 km/h
Turn time31 s
Max altitude10 000 m
Engine2 х Daimler-Benz DB-610
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight31 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 531 518 10000 32.2 33.4 5.9 5.9 1,600
Upgraded 582 555 29.8 31.0 10.5 8.0

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 + -
682.5 260 431 406 280 ~4 ~1
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 300 < 310 < 360 > 715
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,700 m 2,520 hp 2,797 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew6 people
Speed of destruction
Structural683 km/h
Gear260 km/h
  • 9 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat
  • 7 mm Steel plate under the entire cockpit
  • 9 mm Steel plate in front of the front dorsal gunner
  • 7 mm Steel plates on cockpit roof around front dorsal gunner
  • 7 mm Steel plates around rear dorsal gunner
  • 7 mm Steel box in front of the rear dorsal gunner
  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner
  • 9 mm Steel plates around the bottom and front of tail gunner
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (2 in frontal fuselage, 2 in central fuselage, 2 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 810 → 10 035 Sl icon.png
RB33 020 → 42 430 Sl icon.png
SB21 610 → 27 768 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications61 100 Rp icon.png
140 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training74 000 Sl icon.png
Experts260 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 380 / 490 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
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Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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mg_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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ETC 250/IV
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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mg81_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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ETC 500/II
Research:
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Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
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mg131_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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ETC 1000/I
Research:
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Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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mg15120_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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mg131_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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ETC 1800
Research:
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Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
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FX 1400
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups7
List of setups
Setup 148 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 212 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 36 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
Setup 44 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
Setup 52 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb
Setup 62 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb
6 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
Setup 73 x PC 1400 X (Fritz X)

The He 177 A-5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 48 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,400 kg total)
  • 12 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 6 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bombs (3,600 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bombs + 6 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (6,600 kg total)
  • 3 x 1,400 kg PC 1400 X (Fritz X) bombs (4,200 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret20 mm MG 151 cannon
Ammunition800 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Turret20 mm MG 151 cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Turret2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
2 х Turret13 mm MG 131 machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Turret7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min

The He 177 A-5 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, chin turret (300 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, tail turret (800 rpg)
  • 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, front dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, rear dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

He-177 flying in War Thunder

Combining the speed and handling of the Do 217 and the immense payload of the Lancaster along with defensive armament approaching that of the American bombers, the He 177 Greif is an outstanding heavy bomber. Its max payload of 2 x 1,800 kg and 6 x 500 kg bombs is easily the best of its contemporaries when it comes to demolishing bases in AB and airfields in RB/SB. Other payloads are quite useful depending on the bombing objectives in RB/SB: 6 x 500 kg against bases (3 per bases), 4 x 1000 kg and 2 x 1800 kg for aircraft carriers and airfields.

The He 177 bears some similarities to the Do 217 series. It has an exceptionally high dive speed for a heavy bomber and is capable of reaching up to 700 km/h in a dive. It is, however, more manoeuvrable at high speeds, one has to be careful not to overload the wings. The two engines (which are really two V12 DB 605 engines coupled together to drive one four-bladed propeller, making them essentially 24 cylinder engines) are very powerful, but at the same time more vulnerable to damage.

The defensive armament of the Greif is very good by German standards, consisting primarily of 13 mm MG 131 heavy machine guns, completed with 2 MG 151/20 cannons, one in front and one in tail turret. The large tail fin prevents the dorsal turrets from firing directly to the rear, leaving only the MG 151/20, however.

Climbing and bombing

The He 177 A-5 will spawn at 4.5 km as a long-range bomber and as such, it's much easier to get out the reach of interceptors. Do some side climbing, reach 5,000 m after game start (speed will decrease to 250 km/h, but still fine) and continue with a 5-degree climb. Remember, this aircraft is not a dive bomber and should not be treated as such.

In order to do side climbing, you should upgrade the engine parts and then, just go ASAP to the ETC 1000/I module. After this upgrade, you will be able to carry 4 x 1,000 kg bombs which can be used to destroy up to 4 bases (no external wing carried bombs here).

After upgrading engine parts and getting ETC 1000/I, it's time to climb and boom! Just go for the nearest base after reaching +6,000 m altitude. Then, it's done. Be careful of enemy interceptors which may snake their way up to your altitude, because you are really vulnerable at low speeds, hence the recommendation to side-climb. Side-climbing will help pilot have enough time to reach high altitudes, and lay in a bombing run.

Some notes:

  • You should use combat flaps when bombing airfield to decrease speed (there's a chance of not hitting the airfield)
  • Protect your aircraft as the repair costs are 40,000 Silver Lions.
  • Losing one flap will cause instability, just be careful!

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Heavy defensive weaponry with accurate 13 mm and 20 mm turrets
  • Plenty of bomb load options, with a maximum bomb load of four 1,000 kg bombs
  • Can carry all 4 x 1,000kg SC1000L2 bombs in the bomb bay, so He 177 A-5 can get 3-4 bases at first spawn in realistic battles
  • One of only three heavy bombers for Germany, and the only high-rank heavy bomber in the tech tree
  • Capable of speeds of up to 530 km/h or 340 mph in level flight
  • First spawn at long-range bombers' altitude, which will help get altitude over interceptors and other fighters
  • Good climb rate, can easily make it to 6.5 km altitude
  • Dual engine aerodynamic, make it quite manoeuvrable for a heavy bomber
  • Combat flaps are really useful for decreasing airspeed
  • Fritz X guided bomb is very effective against destroyers and other slow-moving ships (drop from +2,000 m)
  • High SL multiplier, very good money making

Cons:

  • Plane is vulnerable in frontal engagement due to the absence of copilot and the glazed nose
  • Engines overheat very quickly when activating WEP and when the cooling system is empty
  • Vulnerable from side attacks
  • Expensive repair cost for RB and higher than average on AB and SB
  • No air brakes for a heavy bomber which increases landing difficulty
  • Being a heavy bomber means that you can't take off from medium airfields
  • Quickly overheats above 5,500 m
  • Engines oil cooler and flaps are vulnerable against machine guns fire
  • Incapable of flying with one engine only, will keep losing altitude and eventually will have to land or crash
  • Incredibly expensive repair cost, 50,000+ SL in RB when fully upgraded

History

Development of the He 177 began in 1936 as part of the Bomber A specifications issued by the German Air Ministry (RLM). The specifications called for a long-range, high-speed bomber with a payload of 1,000 kg. Despite the very demanding specifications, Heinkel began working on a mockup which was submitted for review in late 1937, with an order for 12 experimental machines following shortly after in early 1939. However, throughout its development, the He 177 suffered from a range of problems, some of which weren't even fixed before further development stopped. For example, one of the requirements (which was soon rejected, since it was impossible to implement) from the Air Ministry was the ability to bomb from a dive, that's why the engineers had to make various workarounds to provide the required flight technical characteristics. To reduce aerodynamic drag and to ensure flight range, two DB 601 engines were installed in pairs on one gondola and worked with a common shaft which rotated one four-bladed propeller. Thanks to this it was possible to create the aircraft using a two-engined scheme. But for this reason, the vehicle suffered from severe engine overheating issues and more often than not experienced mid-flight engine failures and frequent fires. In the process of fine-tuning the aircraft, the weight was significantly increased, so it became necessary to install a massive frame which could not be hidden - a relatively thin wing or tightly packed nacelles wouldn't fit. As a result, each frame was divided into two racks, each with a single wheel that could be retracted into the wing on opposite sides of the nacelle.

By 1944, development of the He 177 was considered finished, but by that time, the fortune of war had already turned on Germany and the need for a complex strategic bomber had faded. Nonetheless, over 1,000 He 177s were produced across several variants, with most machines seeing action on the Eastern front. However, despite being made in large numbers, the aircraft ultimately failed to make a difference in the war's outcome as its design maturity came too late, although some of the built vehicles were also used after war's end.

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links


Heinkel Aircraft Company (Heinkel Flugzeugwerke)
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  He 100 D-1
  He 112 A-0 · He 112 B-0 · He 112 V-5
Jet fighters  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Twin-engine fighters  He 219 A-7
Bombers  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16
  He 177 A-5
Export  He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2 · A7He1

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Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5
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