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    War Thunder

    Game » consists of 8 releases. Released Aug 15, 2013

    War Thunder is a free-to-play air, ground and naval combat game set in the World War II, Cold War and Modern eras.

    Short summary describing this game.

    War Thunder last edited by Marino on 11/04/22 05:47AM View full history

    War Thunder is an MMO-style combat game about World War II, Cold War and modern military vehicles. Like its primary competitor, War Thunder offers all three major types of warfare (aerial, naval, ground), but does this in one single game and allows to control jets, helicopters and modern tanks as well. Players controlling air and ground or air and naval forces fight on the same battlegrounds.

    Aerial Combat

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    The aerial portion of War Thunder was originally called World of Planes. The name was changed due to perceived confusion with's World of Warplanes. It features period accurate planes and locations from 1939 to the late XX century. Many historical battles from the second world war and the Korean war are represented as maps.

    There are multiple difficulty modes depending upon how much realism you desire. Arcade mode is essentially a more simplistic multiplayer shooter while historical battles mode will require more advanced techniques like taking off and landing during battles and realistic damage modelling.

    There are five countries represented in War Thunder; United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, Japan, and Germany. There are two more planned countries which have yet to be included in the game; Australia and Italy. Each have their own unlock trees and sets of planes. As one is levelled, that progress is not transferred to the others. Within each nationality the player has a hangar holding 3-7 planes of their own with many levelling and customisation options. Researching planes and upgrading crews use a mixture of various currencies; some earned in gameplay, some purchased with money.


    The War Thunder aerial alpha ran from October 2011 to March 2012.


    Crashing without a tail in the beta.
    Crashing without a tail in the beta.

    The closed beta began in March 2012 and concluded in October 2012. On Nov. 1, 2012 the game entered open beta. Gaijin Entertainment has stated the stats and progression earned by players during the open beta will not be reset when the game goes into full release. Purchasable upgrades and currency were also live as of the open beta. The game is downloaded via Gaijin's website as a free client, but on Feb. 26, 2013 the game passed Steam Greenlight and is due for release in the coming months.


    Here is a list of currently available and planned aircraft as of the beta release. Italics = Planned, but not in yet. Bold = Premium Content.

    Germany (Air Arm, Luftwaffe)

    Arado 234Bf.109E-3Bf.109F-4Bf.109F-4/tropBf.109G-10Bf.109G-2
    Do-217J-2Do-217K-1Do-217M-1Fw 190 D-13 DoraFw.190A-5Fw.190D-12
    Captured:Wellington Mk 1CP-47DLa-5FN

    Japan (Imperial Japanese Army/Navy Air Service, 大日本帝国陸軍航空部隊)

    A5M4A6M2 ZeroA6M2-N ZeroA6M3 ZeroA6M5 Zero
    A6M3 mod 22Ki-10Ki-49-llb/LG5N1G8N1
    A6M5 KoFw.190-A5Bf.109E-3

    Ki-45 ko

    Ki-45 otsu
    Ki-45 teiKi-45 heiHagiri's A5M4



    United Kingdom (Royal Air Force)

    Beaufighter Mk.VICBeaufighter Mk.XBlenheim Mk.IVBoston Mk.IDB-7
    Dewoitine D.520Gladiator Mk.IIGladiator Mk.IIFGladiator Mk.IISHavoc Mk.I
    Hellcat F Mk.IHurricane Mk.IHurricane Mk.IIBLancaster Mk.IIIMeteor F.3
    Meteor F.4 LWMeteor F.4 SWMeteor F.8Mosquito FB Mk.VISea Meteor F.3
    Spitfire Mk XVISpitfire Mk.ISpitfire Mk.IISpitfire Mk.IXSpitfire Mk.VB
    Spitfire Mk.VCSwordfish Mk.ITempest Mk.VTyphoon Mk.IATyphoon Mk.IB
    Typhoon Mk.IB/LWellington Mk.IcWellington Mk.Ic/LWellington Mk.IIIWellington Mk.X
    Mustang Mk 1AFury Mk IFury Mk IINimrod Mk ITuck's Gladiator Mk.II
    Dewoitine D.521

    United States (United States Army Air Forces)

    A-20GB-17EB-17E/LB-17G F-86A-5F2A-3
    F4F-3F4F-4F4U-1AF4U-1D F6F-3OS2U-1
    OS2U-3P-26A-33P-26A-34P-26A-34 M2 P-26A-35P-26B-35
    P-40E-1P-47D ThunderboltP-51D-5 MustangSBD-3 TBF-1CP-39N-0
    P-39Q-5P-63P-38GF2A-1 B-25J-1B-25J-20
    B-24DPBY-5 CatalinaPBY-5a CatalinaXP-38G A-26C-45Spitfire Mk IX
    XP-55 AscenderXP-50Thach's F2A-1 BuffaloP-36 Rasmussen's P-36A Hawk

    USSR (Military Air Forces, Военно-воздушные силы СССР)

    I-153PI-16 Type 28IL-10IL-2 SturmovikIL-2M
    MiG-9P-39K-1P-39Q-15Pe-2 (1-20)Pe-2 (110-204)
    Pe-2 (205-358)Pe-2 (21-82)Pe-2 (83-109)Pe-2 (359+)Pe-3
    Pe-3 earlyPe-3bisPo-2SB 2M-100SB 2M-100A
    SB 2M-100A (Span)SB 2M-103SB 2M-103 MV-3SB 2M-103USB 2M-103U MV-3
    SB 2M-105Su-2Su-2 M-82Su-2 MV-5SU-2 TSS-1
    I-15I-153 M-62I-16 Type 18MiG-9/LBB-1
    PBY-5aP-40E-1P-63A-5Zhykovsky's I-153-M62I-15bis

    Australian planes are included under UK:

    Australia (Royal Australian Air Force)

    Beaufighter Mk.21Beaufort Mk.VIIIBoomerang Mk.IBoomerang Mk.IIWirraway

    Italian planes are included under Germany:

    Italy (Italian Royal Air Force, Regia Aeronautica Italiana)

    CR.42 FalconG.50 Freccia seris 2G.50 Freccia seris 7ASM.C.200 serie 3M.C.200 serie 7
    M.C.202S.79 of 1936S.79 of 1937S.79 of 1939S.79 of 1941
    S.79B IAR K14-IIS.79bis of 1942S.79bis of 1943Marcolin's CR.42CN

    Naval Combat

    The naval combat portion of War Thunder will focus mostly on small water navies, featuring vehicle types such as torpedo boats, river boats and gun boats among others. The decision to focues on small water navies instead of full-blown capital ships was made because the developers found it hard to make the latter fit within the game; a realistic approach resulted in matches taking far too long, but speeding the ships up made it too arcade-y and unrealistic.

    Naval combat were first announced on the 12th of August 2016 along with two premium vehicle pre-order packs that included access to closed bre-beta testing. It was also announced that unlike ground forces, naval combat would launch with all five nations at the same time. The first closed pre-beta test was held on the 2nd of December 2016, with another following a few days later.

    Ground Combat

    The first three countries that will have playable ground vehicles are United States, Germany and the Soviet Union. The other countries will be added over time.

    Here is a list of the currently confirmed set of vehicles.


    Assault GunTank DestroyerLight TankMedium Tank Heavy Tank
    Stug III Asuf.AJgdPz 38tPz.Kpfw II Ausf.CPz.KpfW.III Ausf.EPz.KpfW.IV Ausf.FPz.KpfW.VI Ausf.H
    Stug III Asuf.CStug IVPz.Kpfw II Ausf.FPz.KpfW.III Ausf.FPz.KpfW.IV Ausf.F2Pz.KpfW.VI Ausf.E
    Stug III Asuf.FJgdPz IV L48Pz.Kpfw.35tPz.KpfW.III Ausf.JPz.KpfW.IV Ausf.GPz.KpfW.VI Ausf.B (P)
    Stug III Asuf.GPz IV L70Pz.Kpfw.38tPz.KpfW.III Ausf.LPz.KpfW.IV Ausf.HPz.KpfW.VI Ausf.B (H)
    Stug III Asuf.G (skb)Jadgpanther Pz.KpfW.III Ausf.MPz.KpfW.V Ausf.DPz.KpfW.VI Ausf.B mit KwK 46
    StuH III Asuf.GFerdinand Pz.KpfW.III Ausf.NPz.KpfW.V Ausf.A
    Elefant Pz.KpfW.IV Ausf.CPz.KpfW.V Ausf.G
    Jagdtiger Pz.KpfW.IV Ausf.EPz.KpfW.V Ausf.F
    Panther II

    Soviet Union

    Self-propelled gun Light Tank Medium Tank Heavy Tank
    ZIS-30SU-100T-26BT-5T-28T-34-85 D-5TT-34IS-1
    SU-76SU-122T-40BT-7T-28ET-34-85 ZIS-53KV-1 L11IS-2 year 43
    SU-76MSU-152T-50BT-7AT-34 L11T-44KV-1 ZIS-5IS-2 year 44
    SU-85ISU-122T-60BT-7MT-34 F34T-54 year 47KV-1EIS-3
    SU-85MISU-152T-70 T-34-57T-54 year 49KV-2IS-4
    T-80 T-34 year 42T-54 year 51KV-85

    Light TanksMedium TanksHeavy TanksSPAAPremium TanksGift Tanks
    M2A4T2 Medium TankM4A3 (105) HVSSM13M2A4 (1st. Arm. Div.)M3A1 Stuart (USMC)
    M3 StuartM3 LeeM6A1M16M4A3E2 Jumbo "Cobra King"M8A1
    M3A1 StuartM4A1M4A3E2 JumboM15M26E1Grant I
    M5A1 StuartM4M4A3E2 (76) W JumboM19M46 Patton (73 Tank Batalion)
    M22 LocustM4A2T32M42 Duster
    M24 ChaffeeM4A1 (76) WM103
    M41A1 Walker BulldogM4A2 (76) W
    M4A3 (76) W HVSS
    M26 Pershing
    M46 Patton
    M47 Patton II

    System Requirements


    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space


    • OS: Windows 7,
    • Processor: dual-core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space

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