Ju 188 A-2

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
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Ju 188 A-2
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Description

The Ju 188 A-2 is a rank IV German bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 000 m520 km/h
Turn time32 s
Max altitude11 200 m
Engine2 х Junkers Jumo 213А
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight14 t

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

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 496 478 11200 33.3 34.4 5.4 5.4 750
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

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 + -
675 310 457 428 280 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 360 < 450 > 290

Survivability and armour

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural675 km/h
Gear310 km/h
  • 5 mm steel in front of rearmost dorsal gunner*
  • 6 mm steel on top of dorsal gun ammo
  • 6 mm steel under and in front of ventral gunner*
  • 6 mm steel around turret ring of dorsal gunner**
  • 6 mm steel in front of dorsal gunner
  • 6 mm steel in front of dorsal gunner's face
  • 6 mm steel behind base of pilot's seat
  • 8 mm steel - pilot's seat
  • 60 mm bulletproof glass in front of rearmost dorsal gunner*
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 in central fuselage, 2 in each wing)

*Note that the gunner is rear-facing.

**The "dorsal gunner" and not the "rearmost dorsal gunner" is the one closer to the pilot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 200 → 4 112 Sl icon.png
RB9 260 → 11 899 Sl icon.png
SB17 000 → 21 845 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications52 600 Rp icon.png
111 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training68 000 Sl icon.png
Experts240 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces520 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 270 / 390 % Sl icon.png
172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
mg_turret_belt_pack
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 250/IV
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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mg81_turret_new_gun
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
mg15120_turret_belt_pack
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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ETC 500/II
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
mg131_turret_belt_pack
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 1000/I
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
mg131_turret_new_gun
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods turret gun.png
mg15120_turret_new_gun
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 1800
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups10
List of setups
Setup 110 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 26 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 36 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 42 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
Setup 52 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 62 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 72 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
Setup 82 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
2 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 91 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb
1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
Setup 103 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
1 x 1800 kg SC1800B bomb

The Ju 188 A-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (500 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs + 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bomb + 1 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bomb (2,800 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,800 kg SC1800B bomb + 3 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (2,550 kg total)

Defensive armament

2 х Turret20 mm MG 151 cannon
Ammunition250 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Turret13 mm MG 131 machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min

The Ju 188 A-2 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose turret (250 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, top dorsal turret (250 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, lower dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

While utilising a stock version of the aircraft, choosing the option to use the 50SC x 10 payload performs best for when rushing ground troops, of course, when possible, drop them more on one target. As soon as you have better payload options, you also have the opportunity to go for bases.

At the beginning of the match, you should always go into a shallow dive to maximise your speed, and by that the chance to get to your target before anybody else, and to cover the underside of the plane by simply flying close to the ground. Your 20 mm cannon on top of the the canopy is deadly, and as soon as you have the universal belt unlocked, you can shoot down multiple enemy fighters before going down yourself. However, try to avoid headons because of your glass cockpit and mind that your 20mm can't fire directly behind the plane because the rudder blocks it.

If you have all loadouts unlocked, the one with the 2x1000kg, 2x250kg and 10x50kg is the best for destroying bases. The 2x250kg drop at the same time from your wingtips and with one 1000kg bomb, they are enough to destroy one base. The other 11 bombs are enough for a second base. This is also the loadout with the most payload so you should use it for AFs as well. Concerning ground targets, you can use the loadout you prefer, just make sure you have 3 bomb drops before you get to the 50kg bombs in the bomb bay.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast, faster than the Do 217 series
  • Maneuverable, even better with empty payload when returning to base
  • Versatile payload options
  • Defensive armament is an upgrade from the Do 217 series
  • Durable, can survive hits that might down other bombers of similar size
  • 3000 kgs of maximum payload tonnage
  • Rear gunners are protected by several armor plates
  • Top 20mm turret has a full circle traverse
  • Powerful engines

Cons:

  • Doesn't have the ability to dive bomb accurately
  • Doesn't have airbrake
  • No armor from the front
  • Abysmal stock payload

History

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Media

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See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

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

External links


Junkers Aircraft and Motor Works (Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft)
Fighters  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J
Attackers  Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2
Bombers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Export  ▄Ju 87 D-3 · ▄Ju 87 R-2

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
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
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic