Phantom FGR.2

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Phantom FGR.2
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
25.4 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
16 000 mCeiling
2 х Rolls-Royce Spey 203Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1458 km/hStructural
463 km/hGear
Suspended armament
1 x 20 mm M61 cannonSetup 1
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
8 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 2
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
108 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 3
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 4
1 x 20 mm M61 cannon
4 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
4 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 5
4 x AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 6
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png20 000 / 30 379/8 020 / 12 182/3 300 / 5 012Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
400 % Sl icon.png230 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British jet fighter Phantom FGR.2. For the USAF version, see F-4C Phantom II.


GarageImage Phantom FGR.2.jpg

The Phantom FGR.2, also known as the F-4M is a rank VI British jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack". It is a British version of the American F-4 Phantom II.

Although on first glance appearing very similar to it's American counterpart the F-4C Phantom II, there are a number of major visual and performance differences between the two aircraft. Phantom's produced for the RAF were redesigned to use British Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, instead of the General Electric J79 turbojet engines found on American Phantoms. The British engines produced more thrust than the American engines, but were wider; as a result the fuselage of British Phantoms was modified and is slightly wider than on American Phantoms. In addition the Phantom FGR.2 has larger air intakes than the F-4C, in order to allow for the increased airflow required by the new engines. The rear of the Fuselage is also significantly different changed on the Phantom FGR.2, the engines are noticeably angled downwards; and due to the different afterburner arrangement on the Spey engines, the area around the engine exhausts has been reshaped, as well as the engine exhausts themselves being different. In addition the Phantom FGR.2 has a squared off tail, and lacks the under-nose probe of the F-4C.

In game these changes mean that the Phantom FGR.2 has much better low altitude acceleration and climb rate, compared to the F-4C, as a result of the more powerful engines. In games you will usually see the Phantom FGR.2s get off the ground and to altitude quicker than the F-4Cs; however due to the increased drag of the redesigned fuselage, and the performance characteristics of the Spey engines, it does not perform quite as well as the F-4C at high altitude, and cannot reach the same maximum speed.

General info

Flight performance

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

Max Speed
(km/h at 10,667 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
2,195 2,185 16 000 26.5 26.8 139.3 129.0 850
Max Speed
(km/h at 10,667 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 16 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 850


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
625 ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 810 < 750 < 700 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 5,120 kgf 7,168 kgf

Survivability and armour

Like it's American counterpart, the F-4C, the Phantom FGR.2 has no armour plates, or bulletproof glass. Like the F-4C it has fuel tanks on the leading edges of the wings, and most of the space in the fuselage which isn't taken up by the engines or cockpit is filled with fuel tanks. The tail control lines are also reasonably exposed, running down the top of the fuselage.


Suspended armament

The Phantom FGR.2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon, gun pod mounted under fuselage (1,200 round)
  • 1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon + 8 х 1,000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
  • 1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon + 108 х SNEB type 23 rocket
  • 1 х 20 mm M61 cannon rotary cannon + 4 х AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
  • 1 х 20 mm M61 cannon rotary cannon + 4 х AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles + 4 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
  • 4 х AIM-9D Sidewinder air-to-air missiles

Like the F-4C the Phantom FGR.2 lacks any internal guns; instead relying on a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon, mounted centrally under the fuselage. The cannon is angled downwards at about 1°, coupled with the guns position under aircraft this makes aiming slightly more difficult than on other aircraft; the gun also has a wide bullet spread. A benefit of the rotary cannon is that it can fire all 1,200 rounds of ammo before it can overheat and jam. Unlick the F-4C the Phantom FGR.2 can only carry a single gunpod.

In terms of other suspended weaponry the Phantom FGR.2 falls far behind the F-4C, having 6 loadout options compared to the F-4C's 21. It has a more limited choice of bombs, carries fewer rockets and cannot carry Bullpup air to ground missiles.

In terms of air to air missiles the Phantom FGR.2 can carry four AIM-9D Sidewinder missiles; as opposed to the F-4C's choice of AIM-9B and AIM-9E Sidewinders. The AIM-9D's currently perform identically to the AIM-9E's, with the exception that the AIM-9E's have a slightly better IR seeker, so track slightly better.

Usage in battles

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Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Fuselage Repair 1000 LB GP
II New boosters Airframe Offensive 20 mm Matra SNEB
III Wings repair G-Suit AIM-9D
IV Engine Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Better acceleration and climb rate than it's American equivalent, the F-4C
  • One of the fastest aircraft in the game, especially at low altitude (at sea level it can reach mach 1.18 when stock)
  • One of the fastest climbing aircraft in the game
  • Excellent acceleration, especially at low altitude, exceeding that of even the F-4C
  • Very good AIM-9D, which are only very slightly inferior to the AIM-9E
  • Very high rate of fire cannon, which does not jam
  • Can land on aircraft carriers


  • Gun pod is angled downwards
  • Gun pod has wide bullet spread when stock, which although useful in some situations leads to you missing your shots in others
  • Gun cannot be fired while landing gear is down
  • Missiles are rank 3 modification
  • Large target compared to aircraft like the Mig-21
  • Due to large weight it requires a high landing sped (~350 kph), and can be tricky to land for players new to it (especially on aircraft carriers)
  • Not quite as good at high altitude as the F-4C
  • Taking minimum fuel leaves you with very limited battle endurance (especially if you use the afterburner), while the 20 min fuel option noticeably impacts handling
  • Missiles cannot be fired while you are pulling more than 4G's, when flying at high speed even gentle maneuvers will make you exceed that


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See also

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Foreign  Phantom FG. Mk1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)