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The Heavy Tank T34 is another tank with the designation 34, but now this title conceals not a nimble Soviet medium tank, but a real American “heavyweight.” It features a massive gun, thick armor and almost an entire division of American tank crewmen on board. Get ready for a new unit that requires almost no introduction: the American Heavy Tank T34!

The Heavy Tank T34 represented an eventual attempt by the US Artillery Department to enhance the firepower of the tanks from Project T29. In spring of 1945, two prototype T30 tanks (a T29 variant with a 155mm gun and a more powerful engine) were rearmed with 120mm guns and received the designation T34. The T53 120mm gun was essentially a version of the M1 anti-aircraft gun that was adapted to be installed on a tank and it was also the most powerful of all three weapons on tanks from Project T29. Eventually, due to problems with high levels of fumes in the cockpit after the gun was fired and the risk of generating a backblast when opening the hatch, a bore evacuator was installed on the barrel of the T53 cannon to expel lingering propellant gases.

After the war ended, the pressing need to develop such heavy vehicles declined and in 1950, the entire Project T29 was permanently scrapped.
Many players have already managed to acquaint themselves with the outstanding combat capabilities of the American T29, but until recently, it simply had no decent alternative in the main branch. There is now an alternative to the T29: the Heavy Tank T34, which already stands out when it comes to the peal of thunderous gunfire – the thunder of war.

For more information, read the full Dev Blog article here!
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The legendary A-26 Invader, a rare sight in the War Thunder skies and one of the most sought-after aircraft for our players, will be available to everyone in the regular US tech tree.

Introducing the A-26B-51 modification, the out-and-out game leader for number of high-caliber machine guns: 14 frontal Brownings, plus another four in the turrets! But machine guns aren't enough for the king of attacker aircraft – you can also carry 14 HVARs or almost two tons of bomb load (4 x 1,000 pounds, 6 x 500 pounds, 8 x 250 pounds or 16 x 100 pounds).

For more information and images, view the full Dev Blog here!
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In the next major War Thunder update, we're going to add a very unusual location for air Arcade mode that we've named Guiana Highlands. Battles at this location will start at altitudes of more than 6,000 meters above sea level, with the entire area divided into stages, each with its own targets and unique requirements for waging battle.

Our artists came up with the idea for the location after learning about Mount Roraima in Brazil. This unique mountain with a flat summit is a true natural wonder – a gargantuan mountain plateau rising up against the landscape. The plateau is partially obscured by a huge cloud that constantly hangs over Mount Roraima. This place inspired the great Arthur Conan Doyle to pen his iconic novel “The Lost World,” it’s a truly mysterious corner of our planet!

To see more, click here!
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Participate in the Battle of Stalingrad GF & Aircraft events from 23rd February (13:00 GMT) to 27th February (09:00 GMT)

Dear players, we have prepared number of special events which you can participate in for the rest of the week. Make use of the Silver Lions and Research point bonuses, perform tasks and earn 3D shield decoration for your tank and shield decal for tank and aircraft. What you are waiting for? Just jump into the game and let your enemies know about your presence.

Perform tasks and earn:

Take part in the Battle of Stalingrad events with a 23% bonus to Silver Lions and Research Points:

Aircraft events:
  • [Operation] Uranus — AB
  • [Operation] Uranus — RB
  • [Operation] Uranus — SB
Ground forces events:
  • Stalingrad — AB
  • Stalingrad — RB (combined)
  • Stalingrad — SB (combined)

More details
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The fast and deadly ‘Jaguar’ torpedo boat is one of the best representatives of its class in War Thunder.

The German Typ-Klasse 140 Jaguar torpedo boat was developed between 1957 and 1963 for action in the Baltic Sea. The Jaguar was a direct descendent of the WWII-era German Schnellboots. The shipbuilders factored all of their experience using torpedo boats into it and attempted to adapt the vessel for modern combat situations.

Since the Jaguar was intended for open-water situations, it was especially made to be large and powerful, with an impressive fuel range. The Jaguar had a tonnage of 210 tons. Running economically, it was capable of travelling 1,000 miles, which is quite a magnificent distance for this type of naval vehicle. It had four 3,000-horsepower engines, which were capable of achieving a speed of up to 43.5 knots – a very high speed for a torpedo boat with such a large tonnage. In fact, despite having twice the tonnage of wartime Schnellboots, the Jaguar was capable of achieving a very similar speed! Its armament is succinct and efficient. The engineers rejected low-caliber anti-air artillery and backup torpedoes in favour of four torpedo launchers and two automatic Bofors 40 mm guns.

For more information, read the full Dev Blog on the Official War Thunder Forums!
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The T14 assault tank was the product of a collaboration between British and American engineers.

In the run-up to the Second World War, there was a general consensus that heavy infantry support tanks would soon be needed on the battlefields. Several powers had already launched production and deployment of heavy tanks, meanwhile British and American tank designers were just getting down to developing a specification for their concept. After a visit by the head of the US Army Ordnance Corps to the UK, engineers from both countries began working on a joint project to design a heavy infantry tank. The British were already working on updating their own Churchill tank, while the Americans were putting the finishing touches on their M6 Heavy Tank. However it’s always good to have a backup, and two heads are better than one, right? Engineering resources were pooled and it was decided that T14 prototypes would be housed in the US. Work began in earnest.

In the meantime, the Second World War and recent operational experiences prompted the military to do a top-down review of their requirements for armored vehicles. When two prototypes were built and tested in 1943, it quickly became apparent that the tank design fell short of meeting the army’s needs. Both the British and the Americans succeeded in solving this problem by tweaking their own heavy tanks and were wholly satisfied with the results. The T14’s advantages weren’t enough to warrant interrupting production and modernization programs already underway. Military leaders refused to rethink the concept so close to their important clash with Hitler’s forces in Europe.

The T14 never saw any real action. But we’re about to see how it fares on the battlefields of War Thunder! The T14 closely resembles the Sherman – it has a cast turret and a sharply angled front armor plate, as well as the 75 mm M3 cannon favored by players. The powertrain is also similar – 500 hp. Despite being conceived as an assault tank, at the end of testing it turned out that the T14’s armor wouldn’t be sufficient to push it up into the heavy tank class. The hull armor is 50 mm thick all around and the front is composed of two armor plates angled at around 60 degrees. The transmission is protected by 101 mm of plating. The turret armor is comparable to the Sherman – 102 mm on the sides of the cast turret, making it hard to penetrate, while the typically rounded shape guarantees frequent ricochets. The T14 boasts 12.7 mm steel armored plates on the tracks, which handily protects them against shock waves from bombs and rocket shells, while HEAT shells that strike the plates will arm and detonate outside the tank, doing no damage.

For more information, read the full article on the Official War Thunder website!
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The Spähpanzer Ru 251 is a German light reconnaissance tank developed in 1964 to replace the obsolete American M41 Walker Bulldogs in service in the Bundeswehr. It was designed on the basis of the German Kanonenjagdpanzer 4-5 tank destroyer. The final product possessed exceptional mobility and armament, but with the arrival of the more powerful Leopard 1, the Ru 251 was never put into mass production.

The Spähpanzer Ru 251 light tank was conceived solely as a reconnaissance vehicle. In the early 1960s, the Bundeswehr were still using the outdated American M41 Walker Bulldogs in their armored scout battalions, however the time had come to replace them with something more modern. A program to develop a new light tank was launched in 1960. It was essential that the tank had excellent mobility and enough firepower to destroy the main Soviet tanks of the day. The first prototype was built in 1963, followed by at least one more by 1964. In 1964, the Ru 251 prototypes underwent intensive field tests, although by that time the Leopard main battle tank was already being readied for serial production and the Germans decided against ordering another tank so similar to the Leopard.

The Spähpanzer Ru 251 was built based on the Kanonenjagdpanzer 4-5 tank destroyer, borrowing the majority of its components. Instead of a cabin, the Ru 251 was fitted with a cast rotating turret. The tank was also equipped with the 90 mm Rheinmetall BK 90 gun, the German version of the American 90 mm M36 installed on the M47 Patton IIs. Like its forefather, the Ru 251 possessed remarkable mobility and firepower, but lacked any shell-proof armor. The work on the Ru 251 prototypes was strictly confidential, and details of its development are still kept under wraps by the Bundeswehr today.

Read the full Dev Blog Article on the Official War Thunder Forums!
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Created in 1930, the American Martin B-10B high-speed bomber reached speeds of 333 km/h in testing. This meant that the bomber could outrun many of the biplane fighters at the time! As a result of the project’s success, Martin received the prestigious Collier Trophy for its contribution to aviation and an order from the government for 48 units, which later led to several more large orders. By the mid-1930s, the company’s Martin B-10B and B-12A made up the core of the USA bomber force.

However, soon the race for technological supremacy shifted towards even more advanced designs. New fighters became faster and bombers more powerful, and the B-10B was eclipsed before its paint had even lost its gloss. From 1937 onwards, the B-10B was replaced with the more advanced Boeing B-18 Bolo. The bomber saw out the war in several US wings in the Philippines. But the B-10B still managed to see some action – the exported aircraft were used in the Dutch East Indies, China and Thailand both in local conflicts and in air battles in the Second World War.

In War Thunder, the B-10B will take its place at rank I as a premium aircraft in the American tech tree. The domed nose turret and large canopy of the dorsal turret give the aircraft a distinctive appearance. One interesting detail: the engine and oil temperature gages and the engine-propeller air pressure gages were located directly on the nacelles, which allowed the pilot to read the instruments on the left and right through the canopy glass.

For more information, read the full Dev Blog Article in the Official War Thunder Forums!
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From 15:00 GMT on the 17th of February to 07:00 GMT on the 20th of February: Participate in the event "Rescue operation"


The port in which our allied ships are maintained is under attack! The enemy is overcoming the defenses and are dominating the airspace. Under these circumstances, defenders will only be able to rescue the crew from the damaged and dangerously tilted carrier. With the lack of appropriate naval forces, Object 906 has been delivered to the battlefield. As such, these vehicles will be the attacking air forces’ main target.

In this battle, pilots will participate with British aircraft while tankers will fight in Soviet vehicles.
  • Ground Forces mission: Travel to the aircraft carrier and rescue the endangered crew at the designated area.
  • Air Forces mission: destroy the floating Object 906 vehicles, thus depriving the army reinforcements.
Note : Vehicles be issued to all participants, even if it is not researched and purchased. To participate in the event you need any vehicles of the 2nd rank for USSR or Britain

Tankers, be careful! Torpedoes travel at high speeds and you may not have enough time to effectively dodge them. If you move in tight formations, multiple vehicles risk suffering damage over a large area from a single torpedo.
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The Type 87 anti-aircraft gun entered into service in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces as a replacement for the hopelessly outdated American Duster SPAAG. The specification and concept for the new anti-aircraft vehicle was based on the German Gepard SPAAG that our players know so well. The vehicle used a modified Type 74 tank chassis and was equipped with the Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon system as used in the Gepard. The vehicle was a success – more than 50 of these SPAAGs were put into production and several units remain in service today.

In War Thunder, the Type 87 SPAAG will take its place in rank V of the Japanese armored vehicle tech tree. In addition to fighting against aerial threats, the Type 87 can try its luck by attacking ground vehicles – for these purposes it’s preferable to research APCR shells. It’s best not to attack enemy tanks directly head-on, but the lightly armored sides and rear of many top-line tanks are unable to withstand a heavy burst of 35 mm armor-piercing rounds.

For more information, read the full Dev Blog article on the Official War Thunder Forums!

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