Me 262 C-1a
|This page is about the German jet fighter Me 262 C-1a. For other uses, see Me 262 (Family).|
The Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I is a rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.
The Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I is a Me 262 A-1a fitted with a rocket booster in its tail. It is intended as an interceptor, climbing very quickly under the power of the booster rocket combined with its two jet engines. However, the boosters have a small fuel supply and shut down minutes after takeoff. Without its booster rocket, the Heimatschützer functions very similarly to the Me 262 A-1a. It has the same armament as the Me 262 A-1.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 500||< 600||< 680||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|0 m||910 kgf||No WEP|
Survivability and armour
- 15 mm Steel - Behind pilot
- 15 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
- 15 mm Steel - Between cockpit and fore fuel tank
- 15 mm Steel - Instrument panel plate
- 16 mm Steel x 2 - Ammunition protection plates
- 90 mm Bulletproof glass
The Me 262 C-1a is armed with:
- 4 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons (2 x 100 rpg top + 2 x 80 rpg bottom = 360 total)
The all four cannons are arranged in bundles of two mounted on the underside of the upper mounted in the nose of the aircraft. Two are outfitted with 100 rpg, while the other two have 30 rpg.
Usage in the battles
The Heimatschutzer I's cannon armament consists of four nose-mounted 30 mm Mk 108 autocannons. It has the same armament as the Me 262 A-1a. The Me 262 A-1a and the Me262 C-1a Heimatschützer have the same burst mass of 14.52 kg/s (32.01 lbs/s).
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Offensive 30 mm|
|III||Wing Repair||New 30 mm Cannons|
The biggest issue of the Heimatschützer I is it's poor acceleration across all speeds when the boosters are out of fuel. Thus, the "Compressor" and "New Engine" modifications should have the highest priority. The default ammo belts are decent, but the high explosive content increases with the new ammo. Because of this, researching the 30 mm Belts modification is not a bad idea. The "New Cannons" modification can also be researched to improve the accuracy and reliability of the 30 mm cannons.
Pros and cons
- Heavy armament of four 30 mm cannons
- Decent energy retention
- It has a rocket engine, allowing a climb to about 4000 m (13000 ft) within 1.5 minutes
- Slow in comparison to other jets it may encounter
- Rocket propulsion is limited
- Its 30 mm guns are not optimal for jet combat, with a low muzzle velocity and effective range
- Without its booster, it is a fairly slow climber
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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|
|USSR||▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF|
|Britain||Sea Hawk Mk.100|