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Dear friends,
We would like to invite you to take a part in the testing of the new respawn mechanics for ground battles. Tests will be held in the “Events” tab as, [Domination] “Advance to the Rhine” in the RB game mode.

How it works:
This game mode portrays the clash of two armies. Both armies have a specific setup of vehicles which are distributed randomly among the players. If all the vehicles are allocated out, it will not be possible to spawn.

The list of vehicles available for use in the event:

  • Jagdpanzer 38(t)
  • Jagdpanther
  • Panzer IV/70(V)
  • Pz.IV J
  • Tiger II (H)
  • Tiger E
  • Panther A
  • Panther G
  • StuG III G
  • M18 GMC
  • M26
  • M36 GMC
  • M4A1 (76) W
  • M4A2 (76) W
  • M4A2
  • M4A3 (105)
  • M4A3E2 (76) W
Important features of the mechanics:
  • Vehicles that are chosen will be done so from the list randomly, and the probability of getting a particular model depends on the remaining amount of vehicles in the team.
  • For example, the team only has two types of vehicles, the ‘Tiger II (H)’ with the amount of 99 units, and the ‘Panther G’ with the amount of 1 unit. Therefore, the chance of receiving the Tiger II (H) will be 99%.
  • From the start, players will have 3 vehicles, one of which will be replaced when a vehicle is lost in battle after each respawn (there will always be 3 vehicles available to the player).
  • Players will have 3 vehicles available. Vehicles that are available at the same time can be either a single model or indeed different models. For example: it is possible that a player will have the Tiger II (H) twice, along with one Panther G.
Conditions of participation and other information:
  • The Event will be available from 13:00 GMT on the 24th of August.
  • Event [Domination] “Advance to the Rhine” is in the “Events and Tournaments” tab.
  • To participate in the event you should have researched at least one ground vehicle of the 3rd rank for USA or Germany.
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The biggest game show in Europe - Gamescom 2016 - has come to its end in the German city of Cologne. Hundreds of thousands people arrived there to check out what’s new in the world of computer games. The Gaijin Entertainment booth offered 2 new projects.

In Crossout, thousands of players had an opportunity to try out the role of an engineer and a soldier in the tournament and brand new modes in the post-apocalyptic online action game. Intensely commanded battles and unprecedented fighting for survival gathered crowds of fans at the stage.

Also Gamescom visitors were some of the first who could watch and play our main premiere feature - War Thunder naval battles. Half of the booth was constructed as the deck and cabin of a vessel, under the shadow of an iron mast there was a special zone that looked like an undercover bridge with a real; 40-mm AA-gun on the deck in the bow. Naval battles in 3 vs. 3 format took place on the map that was designed specifically for the show. All participants could choose vessels from different nations, you can read more about them in our Devblogs. Later, during the closed beta-test the amount of available craft will increase, also the maps will grow bigger and will become suitable for 10 vs. 10 format battles.

Also there was a magnificent show with awesome prizes and gifts prepared for our visitors. Every 30 minutes there was a giveaway of the various prizes on offer - from souvenirs, Crossout CBT and War Thunder naval battles CBT access codes to high-end gaming devices from Roccat and graphic cards and computers from ZOTAC.

Players could watch what was happening at our booth on a live stream on our official Twitch channels. We have been streaming from day one until the very end of the show and every day our players were able to get a sneak peek on the new vessels in War Thunder as well as win valuable prizes. On Saturday our team showcased the gameplay of naval battles on a map that was designed specifically for Gamescom.

The blistering torpedo and fast attack boats not only engaged other vessels but also had to watch the skies for attacking enemy aircraft. You can watch the recorded battles on our twitch channel.

So, Gamescom 2016 is now over but there is a lot of interesting stuff waiting for you. This year War Thunder players will join the closed testing of the brand new part of our game - the naval battles. The players and the development team both will decide together how naval battles in War Thunder will look like.

If you want guaranteed access to the CBT you may purchase one of the two special packs: either the famous American PT-109 torpedo boat that John Kennedy captained during WW2, or Soviet Project 1124 motorboat armed with the infamous “Katyusha” rocket launcher system and a T-34 tank turret mounted forward. Be one of the first players to try the naval battles of War Thunder!

The War Thunder Team
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We are pleased to present another hero of War Thunder naval warfare:
the heavily armed American PT-810 torpedo boat.

The PT-810 was one of four experimental boats built in 1945 with various armaments, but with an identical powertrain. She is a rather large patrol torpedo boat with a draft displacement of 90 tons. The craft was designed to be equipped with armaments of several types at once. The first, of course, was torpedoes: four torpedo tubes with Mk 16 torpedoes were located along the vessel’s sides. In the stern, the engineers placed two depth charge launchers. They also didn’t skimp on artillery armament: the experience of real-life battles had resulted in some significant corrections to the requirements for patrol boats. Two single Bofors 40 mm guns were placed in rotating turrets in the bow and stern of the boat. Two twin Oerlikon 20mm guns were mounted on the bridge and above the engine compartment. As if this wasn't enough, the boat was also equipped with an 81 mm Mk 2 Mod 0 mortar with the ability to fire shells not only in a high arc, but also with direct aim.

The vessel was propelled by four engines, each putting out 1,200 hp. Thanks to the boat’s small mass, these engines gave her an excellent speed of 44 knots (over 80 km/h). In the game, the vessel has a crew of 24.

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The German Schnellboots – fast torpedo boats – became a symbol of Germany’s naval superiority in several seas and, of course, in the English Channel. We’re here to tell you about one of those vessels today.

The S-100 class torpedo boat is a true child of war. The ship was created in 1943 following experience gained in military operations in the English Channel against the British military and merchant fleet. As a result of long research and experimentation, German engineers created an excellent torpedo boat for active military operations and patrolling in offshore zones and channels. In this boat, they considered and corrected many flaws in the boats of earlier classes. The ship builders chose wood for the boat’s construction as a light, flexible and reliable material. Various types of wood were used to make the boats – oak, cedar, redwood and Douglas fir. The double layer of the wooden frame was separated by metal bulkheads into 8 waterproof compartments. The cabin of boats in this class were armored with 12 mm steel plates, which provides good protection against bullets and shrapnel. In addition, the air-cooling device used for the engine turbocharger was also protected by armor. The ship had three 2,500 hp Mercedes-Benz engines located in two independent engine compartments. Although heavy for a torpedo boat, the S-100 could nonetheless reach a speed of 42.5 knots (almost 80 km/h)!

The vessel’s armament was dictated by her combat objectives and its primary assignment was to destroy enemy ships of practically any type and class. The Schnellboot completes this task using torpedoes and artillery – the S-100 is equipped with two torpedo tubes for 533 mm torpedoes, each torpedo tube can be reloaded with another torpedo without leaving the battlefield. The ship has excellent artillery equipment – one automatic 37 mm cannon (analogous to the famous FlaK 36 anti-air cannon), one twin and one single 20 mm C/38 cannon. All these were successfully used against both aircraft and ships. In addition to this arsenal, the sides of the armored cabin could be equipped with rifle-caliber machine guns, and the stern housed a twin depth charge release mechanism.

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The Japanese Type 11 PT-15 patrol torpedo boat is the first ship we would like to present from the Japanese naval tech tree. Let's take a closer look at it.

After the end of the Second World War and the capitulation of the Japanese Empire, the fleet from the Land of the Rising Sun, once the mightiest in the world, was far from fully destroyed. Soon after the war, most institutions and departments of the naval forces were transformed into the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and for good reason. A maritime nation simply must defend its ocean territories. Today the Japanese military fleet is one of the largest in the world and continues the centuries-old traditions of Japan's sea warriors. Interestingly, only 15 torpedo boats were built in more than 20 years after the Maritime Self-Defense Force had been founded. After this, military doctrine changed and small ships were built for anti-submarine warfare instead.

Today's hero is the Type 11 PT-15 torpedo boat, the last of its kind to be deployed by Japan. This vessel exhibits the typical features of the post-war Japanese boats that were built in the shipyards of Western countries. The PT-15 has good navigability thanks to its effective body lines around the midship frame, which became a characteristic of Japanese post-war vessels. The boat's powertrain of two diesel and two gas turbine engines had an overall output of 11,000 hp and allowed the boat to reach the impressive speed of 40 knots (over 70 km/h). In contrast to early post-war torpedo boat series, the armament of the PT-15 is doubly strong – she has four torpedo tubes equipped with American Mk 16 torpedoes and two automatic 40mm Bofors L/60 cannons on the bow and stern. It also has a crew complement of 28.

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The large Project 183 Bolshevik torpedo boat became an essential vessel of this class for the USSR in the postwar years. We are proud to present this Ship on the battlefields at sea in War Thunder.

The large Project 183 Bolshevik torpedo boat was developed after the war based on the experience of using lend-lease vessels and Soviet ships in battle. The properties of both coniferous and leafy tree wood were taken into account in the design of this vessel. Her excellent shape and powertrain consisting of four diesel engines give the boat top-notch speed and maneuverability. In combination with the artillery and torpedo armaments, this makes the ship a truly universal soldier. The vessel was put into mass production in 1952 and was intensively produced until 1960. In service, the ship proved to be an excellent asset and became the basis for a series of modernizations – even the first missile boat in the world was based on a Project 183 hull.

In War Thunder, we present the early series Project 183 with four diesel engines, with an output of 4,800 hp in total. The relatively light design of wood and aircraft plywood allows her to reach a speed of 44 knots, i.e. over 80 km/h. The vessel is equipped with two torpedo tubes, two twin 25mm 2M-3 cannons and 8 depth charges – an arsenal fit to overcome practically any military challenge. The ship's cabin and bridge are armored (up to 7 mm), and the autocannons are also equipped with defensive screens (4 mm armor). The vessel has a crew of 14.

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We begin our acquaintance with the British naval forces with the
famous early-series Fairmile model D motor torpedo boats.

Throughout 1941, engineers of Britain's Royal Navy were busy developing and testing new types of gunboats and torpedo gunboats in order to design a countermeasure against the German Schnellboots – fast torpedo boats that were interfering with the operations of British military and merchant vessels in the English Channel. The requirements advanced for the vessel were perfectly clear – the boat was intended as a universal platform to carry powerful armaments of various types, and it also had to possess a speed of no less than 30 knots, so as to at least stand a chance of counteracting the fast-moving German naval predators. In the course of testing, the shipbuilders came to the conclusion that the perfect platform would be a boat with an angular bow and stern, but also with a rounded bottom that could house four screw propellers. This design was also compatible with military manufacturing of the time – boats of this series were being produced and upgraded from earlier Fairmiles at small wharfs along the shores of Great Britain. And so the Fairmile D universal (gun/torpedo) boat was born, and immediately dubbed ’Dog Boat‘ by the sailors. This nickname was clearly inspired by the model letter, but as it turned out, the Fairmile became a true guard dog of the English Channel.

The Fairmile D was one of the most widely produced boats of the Second World War. The various production series differed primarily in their armament – the cannon and machine-gun weaponry was soon significantly improved, torpedo tubes and depth charges began to appear on the boat, and many gunboats were modernized into torpedo gunboats. Today's guest is the Fairmile D early-series motor torpedo boat. It is a rather large vessel measuring 35 meters in length, equipped with four engines with a combined power of 5,000 hp, providing a maximum speed of 32 knots (a little less than 60 km/h). The boat was armed with one automatic 40mm 2-pdr QF Mk IIc cannon on the bow, twin 20mm Oerlikon Mk V machine guns on the stern, two twin high-caliber .5 Vickers Mk III machine guns and two twin rifle-caliber .303 Vickers No. 5 Mk I machine guns on the bridge. This version of the boat carried no torpedoes, but had a pair of Mk VII depth charges.

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Starting every day from 07:00 GMT August 17th to 07:00 GMT August 21st

Participate in the “Tactical Landing” special.
Win access to the Closed Beta Test of Naval Forces in War Thunder!

Do you want to be one of the first to take part in the War Thunder Naval Battles CBT?

Complete five battles in the “Tactical Landing” special event and be one of the top 5 players by the end of the day to win access to CBT of War Thunder Naval Battles! If players have the same score in the leaderboard, then players with more kills and less deaths will be in the top 5.

Every day you will receive 5 tickets (for free), necessary to join the “Tactical Landing” event. The event will be available in Arcade mode, and both aircraft and ground vehicles may participate. A player should have at least one vehicle of rank 3 or higher in their hangar.

Whilst using a vehicle of any existing nation, do your best in the team and your chances to receive an access will grow stronger!

You can follow your progress in the leaderboard (Menu > Leaderboard). Don't miss our Gamescom activities on the 2016 live streams, we'll be giving out CBT access there as well!

Be sure to stay tuned to the news!
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Pilots, Tankers and aspiring Captains of War Thunder!
If you’ve followed our Knights of the Sea announcement, you already know that War Thunder will again be participating in Europe’s biggest gaming exhibition, the gamescom 2016, in Cologne, Germany.

The highlight of this year’s booth will be the exclusive opportunity for visitors to gain a first glimpse at the gameplay of the long-awaited sea battles in War Thunder, featuring the so-called ‘small contingent’ including the famous torpedo boats and vessels of other nations.

In plenty of shows and giveaways, attendees will have the opportunity to win Naval CBT access and valuable prizes ranging from gaming gear, to monitors and graphic cards. So, if you’re around, be sure to visit us at Booth B030 in Hall 6 - it’ll definitely be worth it!

For those of you who can’t make it to Cologne, there’s no need to feel excluded! Every day from the 17th of August you can follow our live shows on our special page dedicated to gamescom 2016 as well as our TwitchTV channel directly. There, we will show you War Thunder ships, raffle access keys to the Naval CBT and give away other prizes. At the same time, we’ll answer questions and play War Thunder together with our viewers.

Also, don’t forget to participate every day in the special ingame events where you will also be able to win Naval CBT access. All in all, it’s going to be interesting - follow the news!

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Streaming Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st from 09:45 GMT

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Project 1124 Armored River Boat includes access to the War Thunder
Naval Battles CBT and is now available in our online shop!


Meet the Soviet pioneer of sea battles in War Thunder – the Project 1124 Armored River Boat,
with a rear-mounted Katyusha multiple rocket launcher. With her interesting history
and unique gameplay, this ship is sure to find her fans among War Thunder players.

The large Project 1124 armored river boat was developed in 1933-34 for a wide range of battlefield tasks in river waterways, (mostly the Amur River, from where it received its unofficial nickname ’Amurrian‘) and, in spite of its simple design and very uncomfortable crew quarters, this gunboat boasted leading developments in the Soviet industry for that time. Ship builders confirmed the design for a small, but well-defended boat with a draft of just 70 cm. Soviet aviation builders gave the boat her ’heart‘ – two aircraft engines from the TB-3 and MBR-2 bombers. Soviet gunsmiths gave the Amurrian boat the latest weaponry – turrets from the famous T-34 tank with a 76mm cannon, twin high-caliber DShK machine guns and even the legendary Katyusha multiple rocket launcher system.

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