Ju 87 G-2

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This page is about the German strike aircraft Ju 87 G-2. For other uses, see Ju 87 (Family).
Ju 87 G-2
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Ju 87 G-2
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Description

The Ju 87 G-2 is a rank II German strike aircraft with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB), 2.0 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. The flight model is identical to the G-1 with similar values to the Ju 87 D series. The differences between the G-1 and the G-2 is that the G-1 has the wing of the D-3 while the G-2 has the same wing area as the Ju 87 D-5 variant.

Regarded highly by famed German ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the Ju 87 G is one of the deadliest ground attack aircraft in War Thunder. Building upon the classic "Stuka" design, German engineers fitted a pair of Bordkanone 37 mm cannons to early Ju 87 D models, creating a beast. Instead of bombs, this aircraft utilizes its twin synchronized 37 mm anti-tank cannons to demolish any armour it faces. Able to fire the German 37 mm high-velocity armour piercing round, the Ju 87 G is more than a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, each cannon only holds 12 rounds of ammunition each, for a total of 12 individual shots. This puts a cap on how much total damage the Ju 87 G can do.

The Ju 87 G's armament, a pair of Bordkanone BK 3,7 cannons, are deadly in all regards. They are able to destroy most ground units and aircraft with a single press of the trigger. Equip air targets or armoured targets belt depending on what your target is. The armoured targets belt is fairly ineffective against aircraft and the air targets belt does next to nothing to armoured ground units.

The Ju 87 G-2 differs from its earlier counterpart, the Ju 87 G-1 in that it utilizes the later D model, the Ju 87 D-5. The G-1 model uses the earlier Ju 87 D-3 model.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 000 m380 km/h
Turn time32 s
Max altitude7 000 m
EngineJunkers Jumo 211J
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight7 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 364 350 7000 33.5 35.1 7.2 7.2 513
Upgraded 401 380 30.7 32.0 12.5 9.5

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 + -
730 800 N/A 454 320 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 270 < 350 < 380 > 325
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,142 hp 1,284 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural730 km/h
Gear800 km/h
  • 4 mm Steel plating cockpit tub
  • 4 mm Steel plating engine base
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind pilot's seat
  • 8 mm Steel plate headrest
  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 380 → 1 773 Sl icon.png
RB2 100 → 2 698 Sl icon.png
SB2 800 → 3 598 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 400 Rp icon.png
16 200 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
70 / 160 / 170 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
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Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
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Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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bk37_belt_pack
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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mg_turret_belt_pack
Research:
630 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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bk37_new_gun
Research:
700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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mg81_turret_new_gun
Research:
910 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png

Unlocking the 37 mm belts is a must for this aircraft. The default belt is a mix of HE and AP rounds, resulting in only half of the trigger pull hitting what you want. Instead of staggering the rounds one trigger pull is HE one trigger pull is AP, it is mixed. After that, it does not matter which modules the Stuka pilot researches.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 37 mm BK 3.7 cannon
Ammunition24 rounds
Fire rate160 shots/min
Main article: BK 3.7 (37 mm)

The Ju 87 G-2 is armed with:

  • 2 x 37 mm BK 3.7 cannons, wing-mounted (12 rpg = 24 total)

The two 37 mm cannons are mounted in external gunpods under each wing. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.

Defensive armament

Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition1700 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min
Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)

The Ju 87 G-2 is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, dorsal turret (850 rpg = 1,700 total)

Usage in battles

Like other ground attack aircraft, the Ju 87 G is heavily armoured, tarnishing its flight characteristics. However, with enough speed, the Ju 87 G can turn on a dime. This is the case with all Ju 87 variants. Once that speed is gone, however, the Ju 87 turns painfully slowly. Mitigate this by using dive attacks to gain altitude. At higher altitudes, the Ju 87 G can be a fighter's nightmare. With enough speed and energy, a Ju 87 can outmanoeuvre most fighters. A Ju 87 G pilot's best chances of surviving an encounter are a good aim, teamwork, and speed. Boom & Zooming 10 meters above the ground will make the Ju 87 G a very easy target, so one must stay at higher altitudes if they wish to survive a dogfight.

Dog-fighting isn't what the Ju 87 G was meant for after all as ground attack is the theatre in which the Ju 87 G shines. Equip the armoured targets to belt for the 37 mm cannons because it is composed entirely of high-velocity armour piercing rounds, perfect for destroying armour. Light pillboxes, light tanks, medium tanks, and heavy tanks are all able to be destroyed by these cannons. In order to maximize damage, come in on an attack run from behind a column of tanks, and aim at their engines. If both shells hit, no matter the tank it will always result in a kill. Make sure your gun convergence isn't set at an extreme, as it is essential for both shells to penetrate the tank's armour. The same goes for light pillboxes, to a lesser extent.

The Ju 87 G is also capable of equipping an air targets belt composed of high explosive rounds for its twin 37 mm cannons. This upgrade turns the Ju 87 into a "one-shot wonder" capable of destroying any aircraft in a single hit. This is especially deadly in arcade battles, where a lead indicator shows exactly where to aim the cannons. In realistic and simulator battles shot placement is very important as the Ju 87 G has very limited ammunition.

Equip armour piercing shell rack to effectively destroy all brands of tanks. Keep speeds at 250-300 km/h (IAS) for good manoeuvrability

This plane is mainly used for killing tanks. When hunting tanks, equip armour piercing shell rack and do not lead your shots. Aim straight at the front end of the tank and it should hit. When hunting for bombers, only engage if they are lower and you and not heavily armed like the B-17s. It is important to note that this aircraft is an easy target for fighters and so it is recommended to stick close to allies and stay around them for a while until the bandit numbers have thinned out. When you feel you are safe from any harassment then only engage the ground units. You may engage ground units if you have cover or you feel that bandits are already engaged. You have limited ammo so make it count! This is a fun aircraft to fly and should give you practice to flying the Hs 129.

Because of their low speed, permanent landing gear and reasonable durability, all the Ju 87 are quite good for capturing airfields in the Airfield Domination mode.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Impressive turn rate at high speeds
  • Powerful cannons
  • Good defensive turret
  • Armour around the pilot, gunner and engine
  • Able to be used in different roles (attacker, support fighter, etc.)

Cons:

  • Meagre cannon ammo at only 24 rounds total
  • Very slow
  • Vulnerable to damage
  • Incredibly lacklustre roll rate, especially at high speeds
  • Bad high altitude performance
  • Inability to equip bombs or rockets
  • Not suited for sustained turn fights
  • Poor energy retention

History

By 1942, the need for a new ground attack aircraft was ever present. The ageing Ju 87 was proving to be obsolete, and the new Henschel Hs 129 was underpowered and ill-protected. Hans-Ulrich Rudel, a Stuka ace, proposed a pair of 37 mm cannons be added to a Ju 87 D. Thus, the "Kanonenvogel" or "cannon-bird" was born. The Ju 87 G was most famously piloted by Rudel himself, who destroyed a countless amount of Soviet tanks and equipment.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the only person to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, one of Germany's highest awards. The highest-scoring ace of World War II, Erich Hartmann, also held the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds – but his Oak Leaves were not gold).

Rudel survived the war and later, pulling from personal experiences, Rudel's input was used to design and develop the current day A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft.

In-game description

The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a single-engine dive bomber and attack aircraft of the WWII era. The most famous Stuka pilot of the war was Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the most highly decorated Luftwaffe pilot in history. Despite its slow speed and mediocre aerodynamics (the landing gear was fixed), the Stuka was one of the most effective Luftwaffe aircraft early in the war due to its pin-point accuracy in a dive. The Ju 87 remains one of the most recognizable symbols of the Blitzkrieg.

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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

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