We would like to tell you about a new aircraft class in War Thunder and also about guided air-to-air missiles and other new features in air battles that we will begin to implement after the release of update 1.85 “Supersonic”.
Aircraft have always been a very important part of War Thunder - it was the first vehicle type available in the game. Since the early days of War Thunder, we have recreated over 650 aircraft models - that’s the largest digital interactive collection of aviation in the world. And these are not just visual models, their flight characteristics, armament and other systems are thoroughly recreated in the game.
Initially we deliberately limited aircraft time periods with the golden age of piston-engine aircraft to the beginning of jet aviation, since these machines truly demonstrate the personal and tactical skill of a pilot. Guided missiles seemed to be a feature that will level all pilots independent of their skills, this is why we did not initially plan to implement them in the game. But the community has become more and more interested, so we decided to study the issue thoroughly and to find a way to implement this feature in our game.
We ran the first tests with ingame prototypes back in 2017 and we have been working on new game systems and new aircraft ever since. Finally, we are happy to introduce all of this to our players. Meet a new age of War Thunder aviation - rank 6 aircraft!
The First Rank 6 Aircraft & Air-to-Air Missiles
In update 1.85 “Supersonic” we will introduce the first supersonic jets: The Soviet MiG 19PT, the American F-100D Super Sabre and the British Javelin Mk.9. All these aircraft are supersonic and they are armed with a new weapon type - air-to-air missiles with infrared (heat) seeking.
Air-to-air missiles are a new type of munitions in our game. Historically they appeared in the second half of the 20th century and were designed to solve the problem of hitting targets that were flying at extremely high speeds. The relative speeds of jet fighters were so high, that pilots could hardly aim efficiently with machine guns and cannons.
Air-to-air missiles have a long history of development, like aircraft. Modern missiles have great capabilities at finding and homing in to a target and their maneuverability surpasses that of modern jets.
If a target is captured by a homing device this usually means that it will achieve a hit. However this has not always been the case. The first air-to-air missiles had limited capabilities with capture range and possible overload. To capture a target a homing device needs some time to lock on to a target and all this time the pilot has to hold the target in a pretty narrow sector.
When noticing a missile launch, a targeted pilot could relatively easily evade it with sudden maneuvers or by flying the aircraft against the sun - infrared devices would lose their targets against such bright obstacle.
Being implemented in the game all these features and limitations allow us to believe that the new weapon type will not dramatically change the air battle experience but will add new opportunities that will make gameplay more diverse.
New Systems & Balance
New armament types will be introduced not only to combat planes, but to helicopters also. Helicopters will receive new types of defense to counter air-to-air missiles: heat flares, exhaust infrared suppression system and counter-optical-electronic systems. This will allow a reduction in the range of air-to-air missiles when launched from one helicopter to another and will allow interruption in missile guidance thus keeping primary weapons still useful.
We will also add a simulation of a visual detection of a missile launch, that will be displayed in the interface. It will depend upon crew skills.
We hope that all of these features will make our game more exciting and diverse, and you will like it. Looking forwards to your feedback, see you in the skies!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will be the F-4/F-16/F-22/Su-27, etc. be added to the game?
Q. Any plans on aviation units like the Tu-95 or B-52?
Q. What about airborne radars and radar homing missiles?
Q. Helicopters carried rather advanced air-to-air missiles. Won’t they affect the game balance?
Q. What about counter-measures for aircraft?
Q. Do you plan to add air-to-air missiles for already existing aircraft?
Q. Will there be any BR changes for rank 5 aircraft and against which enemies will new aircraft fight? Will they not be too effective against the aircraft already presented in the game?
Q. Will be 6th rank aircraft available immediately with the release of update 1.85, or will it be implemented as CBT?
Q. Will aircraft of the 6th rank be added also for other nations?
Q. With the addition of Rank VI Aircraft, does this mean there will be no more piston engined / WW2 Era aircraft added?
Q. Will you implement a sonic boom effect in the game?
Three new premium rank 5 aircraft have also been announced alongside supersonic aircraft; stay tuned for the next article to find out more about these!
Source: War Thunder News Portal
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