Hs 129 B-2

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General info

The Hs 129 B-2 in the garage.

The Hs 129 B-2 is a Rank III German attacker with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 3.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Hs 129 is a ground attack aircraft, designed mostly to take out tanks and armored vehicles and fulfill other roles associated with CAS. Both the 30 mm MK103 and 37 mm BK 3.7 are capable of knocking out medium tanks, light tanks, and light pillboxes while the 20mm cannons can easily destroy armored cars,mobile AAAs, and other lightly armored equipment. The plane is both slow and sluggish, meaning that it practically has to go after ground targets, but the armament and armor somewhat compensate for that and enable the plane to take out nearly all ground targets except for pillboxes and heavy tanks.

Vehicle characteristics

The Hs 129B's instrument panel.

The plane is very heavy, which makes it nearly impossible to take out fighters (unless the fighters come to you, see below), even most medium bombers are more maneuverable, however the plane is heavily armored, so it can last a while even under heavy fire, even to such a degree that some planes run out of ammunition before taking out a Henschel. That combined with the heavy armament makes it ideal to attack B-17 formations, even though it requires time and effort to climb and match the speed of the formation. The armor around the cockpit makes it nearly immune to 7.92 mm rounds and could also fly with one engine, albeit with great difficulty. The planes incredibly stable flight behaviour makes aiming even for joystick pilots very easy and accurate thus not wasting too much ammunition.

Once the 30mm additional gun with its impressive 100-round belt has been researched (the 37mm with its smaller belt and low rate of fire should be avoided), the plane has very heavy firepower. In combination with the great stability and thus firing accuracy, this makes it an ideal heads-on fighter. With a bit of experience it's relatively easy to kill off enemy fighters with one or two short bursts before they are even in range for the target indicator to appear. In situations where you have enemy planes coming at 0.5 to 1.0 km interval from the same direction, you can easily achieve triple or even quadruple kills before you need to turn around for reloading.

Tactics

Using the 30 mm MK 103, which can be unlocked as an additional armament option, the Hs 129 B-2 is capable of killing most mission relevant ground targets. Tanks of all sorts as well as light pillboxes can be destroyed in up to three hits, provided armor piercing ammunition (HVAP-T) is unlocked. Thanks to the 100 rounds of ammunition available, this can make a single Hs 129B-2 a game-changing aircraft. The same can be achieved using the BK 3.7, however it is generally considered harder to use and thus not a viable option.

The Hs 129 B-2, however, does have major drawbacks. Its engines are weak which results in poor top speed, acceleration and climb rate. This, combined with the armor of nearly one ton weight, makes it perform poorly in air combat and very vulnerable to attacks of enemy fighters. This, however, goes so far that sometimes enemy pilots underestimate the Hs 129 and overshoot it after a tight turn, which gives the Hs 129B-2 pilot a moderate chance of defending itself.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Resistant to light machineguns and russian heavy machineguns
  • Very good firepower when carrying either the 30 mm or 37 mm cannon pods
  • 30mm MK 103 is a high velocity cannon with a decentl rate of fire, which allows for versatility in targets, and is especially devastating against armored vehicles
  • 30mm HVAP-T generally destroys air targets in one to three htis with a high potential to combust targets
  • 30mm HE-I/HEI-T Minengeschoß in the default belts means grinding once the 30mm is available isn't that difficult
  • 30mm has a reasonable ammo pool of 100 rounds and the low fire rate combined with hit success allows it more than enough to obtain more than 5 kills before running out
  • Cockpit has 70 mm of armored glass at the front (one of, if not the thickest piece of armored glass in the game)
  • Great at head on passes in all game modes (shoot and duck/roll away)
  • Cockpit has reasonable all-round protection for the pilot
  • Centrally mounted armament allows for reasonable accuracy as compared to other attack aircraft of its peers
  • Amazingly cheap to use in simulator, especially for Enduring Confrontation (~200-700SL spawn cost with a 390% reward rate)
  • 500 rounds for 2x 20 mm guns can be used a for a long time

Cons:

  • Bad maneuverability
  • The engines are underpowered and uses a carburetor, preventing prolonged inverted G-load state
  • Has no defensive armament compared to other attack aircraft of its tier
  • Poor climb rate
  • The 37 mm has the same number of rounds per gun (12) as the Ju 87G-1 and Ju 87G-2
  • Engine and internal wing tanks are ideal targets for enemy pilots
  • Needs the gun pods to do well
  • Cockpit armoued glass resembles sitting close to a cathode-ray tube

Specification

Armaments

Offensive armament

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, fuselage-mounted, (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, fuselage-mounted, (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Payloads

  • 1 x 30 mm MK 103 cannon, belly-mounted (100 rpg)
  • 1 x 37 mm BK 3,7 cannon, belly-mounted (12 rpg)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
Nation-jp.png
Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.32
0.64
0.96
1.28
1.6
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Hs 129 series from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

[Ugly Ducklings] - Hs 129

References


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Icon-country-der.png Hs 129 B-2
Nation Germany
Type Attackers
Heavy Attacker
Fighting style Ground Attack
Tank Hunter

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4000 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~4340 kg
Takeoff Weight ~5250 kg
Wing Area ~29 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 580 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~319.68 kph at 3550 m
Climb Rate ~8.25 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~218.16 kph
Turn Time ~31.11 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~138.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~8818 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~9568 lb
Takeoff Weight ~11574 lb
Wing Area ~312 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 580 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~198.64 mph at 11647 m
Climb Rate 27.07 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~135.56 mph
Turn Time 31.11 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~28.26 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 225 rpg
2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 1,000 rpg
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
1 x 30 mm Mk 103 100 RPG
Payload Option 3
1 x 37 mm BK 37 12 RPG
Payload Option 4
4 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 700 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~13
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <310 kph
Rudder <320 kph
Elevators <300 kph
Radiator >230 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 435 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~13
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <193 mph
Rudder <199 mph
Elevators <187 mph
Radiator >143 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
3000 m
9843 ft
100% Enginepower 1300 hp
WEP Enginepower 1530 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)