WarThunder 1.79 update is another big one

Gaijin, the developers of War Thunder, continue to press ahead on their multiplayer wargame extravaganza that they have built up over the years with a major update. War Thunder 1.79 brings with it some long awaited updates to old aircraft models while adding the usual mix of new ones (and new tanks and ships for that matter).

A new non-Premium P-40

We’ve seen the P-40B with its all metal skin show up as a Premium option for some players but what everyone really wanted to see was for that whole line-up to expand. The P-40C, P-40E and now the P-40F are now all in the game and the old P-40E model has been brought up to the latest in War Thunder visual standards.

The P-40F slightly enhances the performance of the aircraft with its Packard Merlin engine adding a bit of performance over the standard one. It’s War Thunder so the differences will feel small but its a nice to have a few different P-40 options in the hangar.

There’s also another long awaited aircraft: The IAR81. Long requested by War Thunder fans (as well as by IL-2 flight sim fans), this aircraft model was built by a community member under their content/profit sharing model that Gaijin has successfully implemented in the past. The IAR81 is looking good and should be a fun addition to the series.

There’s also an update to their Bf110 series adding the F-2 and G-2 to the previously existing Bf110C. Once again, the original Bf110C model (which was quite old) has seen an update visually bringing it up to par. The G model brings with it gunpods and bomb combinations not previously seen on the 110 in War Thunder.

Keeping in fine form, War Thunder also fills in the gaps of the most obscure aircraft as well as the common ones so they have seen fit to include the Bf109Z. Popular in some IL-2: 1946 dogfight servers back in the day, this MK108 armed twin Messerschmidt is based on a real design but one that never saw full fruition.

There’s more aircraft. Here’s the whole list:


  • FJ-4B
  • P-40F-10
  • P-40E-1 (Reworked Model and cockpit updated)
  • F4U-4B Corsair VMF-514 – Xbox One exclusive
  • P-47D – cockpit updated


  • Bf 109 Z
  • Bf 110 F-2
  • Bf 110 G-2
  • Bf 110 C-7 (updated model, clarified modification)


  • F4U-7
  • F-84G-26-RE
  • LeO 451 lat

Great Britain

  • Beaufighter Mk.21 (detailed cockpit created by a player has been added)


  • Ki-32


  • Il-28Sh


  • IAR-81C
  • Re.2000 G.A.

There’s also new sounds for all aircraft weapons, new sound effects and updates to the audio engine, new air and ground battles maps, and dozens of new vehicles added as well. The Fritz-X guided bomb also makes an appearance carried by the He177. Oh… and War Thunder is coming to Xbox One and Xbox One X.

Read all about the changes here or watch their trailer for War Thunder 1.79.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. ADorante says:

    Are the developers attributing the IAR-81 to Italy? I didn’t know that they were used with italian forces. I thought it was a rumanian plane?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It appears that’s how they are doing it. I guess they are, in this case, “dumping” it in with the Italian faction. Could have gone to the German faction as well.

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  2. Francesco Kasta says:

    The aircraft selection of this title intrigues me! Is there some sort of sim-like feature like complex engine management or is it as straight forward as a game can be? Can it be played in single player?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      There’s an Arcade and then a Simulator mode but to be honest the Simulator mode isn’t very sophisticated either. No real complex engine management… not like IL-2: Great Battles or anywhere close to DCS.

      WarThunder is much more casual. It fits the other free to play games where it aims for the biggest audience and the lowest barriers to entry. You can quite quickly grind through the research trees for the lower tier aircraft. You need a lot of patience and time or plunk down some money to get into the higher tiers.

      There’s no single player. It’s very much a multiplayer game.

      I like it for the fun (most of the time) to play and its just serious enough with the aircraft to be good.

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