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Me 163 B
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.3 tTake-off weight
7.26 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
15 000 mCeiling
Walter HWK 109-509A-2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1040 km/hStructural
550 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannonWeapon 1
120 roundsAmmunition
660 shots/minFire rate
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8 200 / 10 036/11 000 / 13 464/5 090 / 6 230Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
290 % Sl icon.png390 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Me 163 B. For other uses, see Me 163 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Me163B.jpg

The Me 163 B "Komet" is a Rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0. It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

Even at BR 8, few jets can out run, out climb, or out turn the Komet, and even fewer can do all three at the same time. Even the highest BR jet cannot threaten this tiny terror lightly, lest it feasts on their blood! Although hard to catch, it is not hard to kill. The very short 6-minute fuel supply is it's Achilles heel, if possible, just avoid the Komet until its fuel is spent for an easier kill. Still, any disciplined Komet jockey can overcome it's shortcomings, rocketing high above the map, cut throttle, and easily glide at a mind-blowing 400 km/h to action. Stay above 5,000 m for its best performance, unless all targets are lower, and perform vertical manoeuvers to preserve precious energy. The craft is very sturdy and only the most extreme manoeuvers can break the wings so push it. Conversely don't chase top jets, get alt, let them come to you (they will). High closing speeds require maxed out crews Keen Vision and G-Tolerance and majority of Awareness, and of course Expert qualification.

The Me 163's instrument panel.

There are two characteristics that make the Me 163 what it is in War Thunder. The first is its powerful rocket engine, the second is its low fuel supply. The latter means that the Komet must rush into the battlefield quickly before its fuel supply falls low and it needs to land at an airbase. Its huge thrust-to-weight ratio guarantees however that the Komet will be able to engage the enemy very early on in a match. Whenever the enemy team is climbing or gaining speed at sea level, the experienced Me 163 pilot will always find some unsuspecting prey. Remember, when engaging an enemy, turning off the rocket engine is the wisest choice, as to operate on safe speeds and to conserve fuel.

The Me 163 B-1 is a fun to play aircraft that provides a very different play style. For that reason, it always succeeds in seducing players. It may be frustrating at times, but its particularity will always make it a plane worth flying.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
943 933 15,000 21.2 21.3 27.7 25.0 357
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 15,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 357


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1040 550 620 ~25? ~12
Optimal velocities
< 790 < 600 < 690 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 1700 kgf No WEP

Survivability and armour

  • 90 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 15 mm Steel plate cone in the nose.
  • 13 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.


Offensive armament

Main article: MK 108 (30 mm)

The Me 163 B is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm MK 108 (60 rpg = 120 total)

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

Usage in the battles


For RB and SB: The Me 163 brings energy fighting to a whole new level thanks to its immense rate of climb and acceleration, creating its own subgenre of fighting style only shared with the Ki-200 and partially with the Heimatschützer variants of the Me-262. Instead of just the usual speed/altitude dynamic, the German rocket fighter brings in a new element, fuel supply. Fuel management is a constant worry when flying in the 163. The most energy-efficient way of using the Komet's engine is to use it to its fullest when climbing, to then shut it off whilst engaging enemies, so, if possible, avoid using the Komet's engine in a straight line. If you are chasing an enemy and you're at a lower energy state than the bandit, it is, of course, reasonable to turn on the engine to catch the enemy, but then, if you are at a lower energy state than an enemy, you've probably done something wrong.

It is important for the Komet pilot to pick targets with care and to only commit to a target when there's a good chance of success as to not waste any advantages. Fortunately, the Me 163 B's weaponry allows for neutralizing foes in just a short burst. When engaging or evading a target, the Komet can make use of its splendid turning ability, yet every pilot should keep in mind that when its fuel tank is full, this aircraft's wings are very prone to rip at high G's due to the extra weight.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Offensive 30 mm
II Airframe
III Wing Repair
IV Engine Cover New 30 mm Cannons
  • For modifications unlock the 30mm MK 108 ammunition belts first, then pick the air loads, progress on rest as you wish.

Pros and cons


  • Very high climb rate and acceleration
  • Good speed
  • Excellent manoeuverability
  • Powerful 30 mm MK 108 cannons
  • Small target
  • Can go over Mach 1 in level flight at very high altitudes (~15,500 m)


  • Extremely limited fuel capacity
  • Prone to wing overload crashes when the fuel tanks are full
  • Vulnerable airframe
  • Aircraft easily compresses during high speed
  • Unfavourable ballistics for fighting jets


The aptly named “Komet” (Comet) was not an emergency fighter but a result of years of development, all the brainchild of one of the great aircraft pioneers, Dr. Alexander Lippisch. Following the first world war he was employed with the Zeppelin Company, a prestigious company with leading aeronautical research. There he became interested in tailless aircraft and despite the Versailles Treaty restricted times experimented and developed many tail first (canards, French for “duck”) and tailless gliders. In 1928 Fritz von Opel, son of the famous automotive manufacture and infamous for rocket powered vehicles wanted to make a rocket powered aircraft, and the Lippisch “Ente” (duck) was perfect. Although the Ente was destroyed on its second flight and Opel moved on to make his own design, the seed for rocket powered aircraft was planted in Lippisch.

By the late 1930’s the basic design of what would eventually become the Me 163 was taking shape. The engine that was eventually chosen was made by Hellmuth Walter Kommanditgesellschaft, maker of reliable RATO units. On 2 January 1939 Lippisch joined the Messerschmitt group with its much better manufacturing ability, completing the experimental aircraft. With the successful experimental design test flights in the 1940 work progressed on the next version, the Me 163A - reusing an RLM airframe number from the canceled Bf 163 as a disguise - and first flew on 1 September 1941. The aircraft had phenomenal performance, but the cutting edge technology was highly unreliable and dangerous. It was not a priority project and it was another 2 years before the larger combat capable Me 163 B was ready for action and a few months after that before it has its baptism of fire and history.

The Me-163 began life at the `Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug´ as a modification of the Lippisch Delta IV glider, known as the DFS 39. A larger version, called the DFS 194, powered by a propeller, was abandoned before completion, and Lippisch's team (now at Messerschmitt) focused entirely on the design of the rocket powered version. The airframe was finally completed in 1940, and the first production model flew in 1941.

Attempts to optimize the Me-163 for mass production, as well as the fitting of the HWK 109-509, as opposed to the old Walter R-1-203 engine, resulted in the Me-163B, that began production in late 1941.

In July 1944 a tiny aircraft tore through the formation of B-17 bombers spitting fire. The turrets could not turn fast enough, barely able to follow the streak with their eyes too. Although none of the B-17s were hit, the incident shook the bomber crews to the core, an enemy fighter that came out of nowhere, too fast to track and too small to aim at. In later encounters P-51 fighter escorts also found themselves impotent against this little plane. So advanced was this revolutionary fighter.

Intended for point intercept when everything worked just right it fulfilled its duty admirably, but those chances were rare and in the end with about a dozen kill credits it did not achieve its ambitious goals.

Although a failure as a fighter, the Komet was the most revolutionary aircraft ever and achieved many world records, including the first to exceed 1000 km/h and to reach its Critical Mach in level flight. It inspired many experimental rocket aircraft in its wake, Ki-200, X-1, X-15, even the Space Shuttle are descendants of that little plane. Dr. Lippisch also greatly contributed to flight, working for Convair post war developing his delta wing designs, this technology eventually resulting in the supersonic F-102, F-106, B-58, and inspiration for Concorde and shape of the Space Shuttle among dozens of others. This tiny plane and its inventor literally changed the shape of aviation.


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Germany jet aircraft
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4