Having completed vast quantities of World War II and early jet era aircraft for War Thunder ranks 1 through 5, the developers at Gaijin have decided to keep going and are introducing an entirely new rank of aircraft and introducing a new era of aircraft at the same time. Say hello to the MiG-19PT, the F-100 Super Sabre, and the Javelin Mark 9.
An era largely unexplored
While flight simulators have repeatedly covered World War I, World War II, and modern jet combat, very few have sought to go back and cover mid 1950s through to the late 1960s but it looks like Gaijin is set to take War Thunder in that direction with the introduction of the world’s first supersonic jet interceptors and the guided missiles that those aircraft brought to the table.
Along with a selection of unguided Hydra rockets and a variety of bombs, the F-100D and MiG-PT are both available in War Thunder with the AIM-9B and what the developers are calling the P-3C missile (of which I can find no reference to – I assume they are talking about the K-13/AA-22 “Atoll” which was called R-3 and Object 300 in prototype stages) as well as the British Firestreak missile which will be on the Javelin Mark 9.
Along with the guided missiles, War Thunder developers Gaijin are also introducing anti-missile countermeasures as well. Flares will be available on aircraft that historically had them available.
Interestingly, the developers have decided to make these missiles relatively accurate in their portrayal with these rear aspect seeking missiles only working in a limited firing arc relative to the missile seeker and to the hot exhaust of the target. It’s a nice touch and it helps ensure that the missiles require skillful employment.
You can see all of this in action on various YouTube channels including on MagzTV who gives an excellent run down of what’s happening in this new patch.
If you’re interested in reading more about War Thunder 1.85 “Supersonic” check these developer entries out on the new era that War Thunder is pursuing, F-100D, MiG-19PT, and this note on how their missiles are working.