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  1. Fletcher Class Destroyer Members of the pre-beta test will be able to test this destroyer in one of the future tests, and results of this test will taken into account for the future development of our fleet. Introduced in the early 1940s and serving well after WW2 with other nations, few ships ever managed to gain such an iconic status during their operational service as the US Fletcher class destroyer. Instantly recognizable to most fans of military history, this naval legend is ready to be deployed in one of the upcoming naval testing sessions to once more change the tide of battle. History The Fletcher class destroyer is one of the most famous and most produced warships developed and built for the US navy in WW2. Her story begins in 1939 when work on a new generation of US destroyers began as a result of unsatisfactory performance of the current generation of destroyers. Knowing their destroyers wouldn’t have the range or adequate firepower to fight a possible war in the Pacific against the Japanese, the US navy issued specific requirements for new designs that intended to increase the operational range, speed and firepower of the next generation of destroyers. Knowing that the limitations imposed by the naval treaties of the day would severely hinder the development of future destroyer projects, the US opted to ignore the various restrictions in favor of continuing development on their new state-of-the-art destroyer. Eventually, after several years of development, the first Fletcher class destroyers would leave their drydocks in 1941 to be commissioned for duty in the following year. Keeping in mind that the Fletcher class destroyer would primarily serve in the Pacific theatre where the sea wasn’t as rough as in the Atlantic, designers optimized the shape and layout of the ship for the much calmer waters of the Pacific by employing a so called “flush deck” construction as opposed to the traditional “forecastle” construction design used on previous generations of destroyers. This not only made the Fletcher a very sturdy ship, but also one that allowed for fast and easy retrofitting of modifications to the weapon systems. This quality proved invaluable in the later stages of the war in the Pacific when Japanese suicide tactics, such as kamikaze attacks, became more and more frequent, allowing Fletcher class destroyers to quickly be modified to carry not just more, but also heavier anti-air weapons, such as the highly effective 40mm Bofors cannon. Being so flexible meant that the Fletcher was able to perform literally any and all tasks that were fit for a destroyer, and perform them well. By forming the backbone of the US navy in WW2, it should come to no surprise that the Fletcher class destroyers took part in nearly all combat operations across the Pacific ocean, from Midway to Okinawa. The excellent performance was mirrored by the fact that US dockyards produced a total of 175 Fletcher class destroyers between 1942 - 1945, out of which 25 were lost in combat. After the war, the Fletcher continued on to serve for many years to come in navies from across the globe, with the last Fletcher, in service with Mexico’s navy, retiring in 2001. Though outmatching Fletcher’s real life performance will be nigh impossible, future commanders of this ship in War Thunder will have all tools at their disposal to give the real thing a good run for its money. Sporting a fearsome array of offensive armaments, ranging from five 127mm cannons mounted in single turrets to ten 533mm torpedo tubes spread across two launchers located mid-ships, the Fletcher is able to confidently take on any foe in battle only to send it to the bottom of the ocean shortly after. And while the player is busy engaging the enemy ships with the main cannons or torpedoes, the AI gunners will make devastating use of the vast array of AA mounts spread out evenly across the ship’s deck, not letting any warbird get too close for comfort. The AA armament of the Fletcher consists of a number of 20mm Oerlikon and 40mm Bofors cannons, two highly effective and renowned WW2 AA weapons. However, should the tide of battle change against our Fletcher commanders, making retreat the only viable option, do not despair. Two steam turbines powered by four boiler rooms, capable of generating 60,000 hp, allow the Fletcher to reach speeds of 36 knots (68 km/h). This combined with the sleek shape of the hull, gives commanders of the Fletcher excellent agility, thus allowing for quick escapes from perilous situations. The Fletcher is a true jack of all trades and will likely find many fans among our players. She gives the captain absolute freedom in terms of choosing the right tactic for the task at hand. Regardless of whether her commander prefers an aggressive approach, spearheading the attack, or a more defensive one, choosing to support his allies in small fleet operations instead, the choice is truly yours when commanding the Fletcher. However, don’t forget that victory can only be achieved through good team play and coordination. While the Fletcher might be a good ship, she can’t single-handedly bring an easy victory to the team. Stay close to your teammates and observe their actions as getting cut off from them might result in an unplanned deep sea exploration of the nearest coral reef, followed by a potentially costly repair bill. The Fletcher class destroyer will be available for players to try out in one of the upcoming naval testing sessions. Keep your spyglass focused on the news to find out more about the development of naval forces and announcements regarding the test sessions!
  2. Thunder Show: Ricochet master Dear Players, It's time for your weekly episode of the Thunder Show! Enjoy our selection of epic and humorous Community videos of the week and don't forget: If you want to send in your own video, then check out how below! Which of the clips did you find most impressive? Tell us about your favourite in the comments! More about the Thunder Show Do you have a War Thunder video you would like to share with the world? An epic scene of heroism, a hilarious mistake or just random awesomeness? Then listen up! Every week in the Thunder Show, we pick one of the videos sent to us as a winner in each of the four categories in our show - The Most Epic Video, The Best Fail, The Funniest Video and finally The Most Original Video - and reward the winner with 5000 ! If your video is somewhat special it has every chance to be chosen for the show and in that case you will receives a prize! Don’t miss out on your chance and find out below what to do to send in your video as a submission! Here is how to send your video to our show: STEP 1. Record and put together a video a maximum of 3 minutes length, which corresponds to one of the four categories mentioned earlier. ATTENTION: The submitted video must be made by you, must be published for the first time, visible and must not violate any copyright laws. STEP 2. Subscribe to our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/warthunder STEP 3. Upload your video to Youtube and send us a direct link to thundershow@gaijin.ru. The covering email should contain the desired category for your video, your in-game nickname and the email address registered with your game account, so we can send you the reward should your submission win! The War Thunder Team
  3. The Shooting Range Ep. 50 You are watching The Shooting Range – a weekly show for all tankers, airmen and aspiring Captains in War Thunder. This is a special episode. In this episode: The longest Hotline: the developers answer your questions about their work, life and fast food! The War Thunder Veterans Club: the best wartime stories as told by the members of our community! The War Thunder Team
  4. Summer sale! From the 22nd of June at 13:00 GMT until the 5th of July at 13:00 GMT Unique bundles with 50% discount! 50% discount for special bundles containing rare vehicles as well as unique decals & titles which will not be available after! Check the schedule and pick the bundle you like! From the 22nd of June until the 26th of June War Thunder - “Vengeance from above” Bundle 63.96 31.98 PURCHASE This bundle includes: LaGG-3-34 Starter Pack; IL-2 Avenger Starter Pack; Pavel Golovachev's Yak-9M Advanced Pack; Peshka Advanced Pack; Unique title - Vengeance from above; Unique decal - Yak-9 29GvIAP painting. War Thunder - “Thirty-Four” Bundle 65.97 32.99 PURCHASE This bundle includes: Guards Starter Pack; Shielded T-34E Advanced Pack; T-34-85E, 1945 Advanced Pack; Unique title - Baptized by Fire; Unique decal - Soviet Torch. War Thunder - “Stiff Upperlipped” Bundle 109.97 54.99 PURCHASE This bundle includes: A43 Black Prince Advanced Pack; Centurion Advanced Pack; Wyvern Advanced Pack; Unique title - Stiff Upperlipped; Unique decal - British Bulldog Available from the 26th of June until the 30th of Junehide ▲ War Thunder - “Fangs of Steel” Bundle 62.97 31.49 This bundle includes: Attacker Starter Pack; Gustav Starter Pack; Dora Advanced Pack; Unique title - Fangs of Steel; Unique decal - “Wild Boar”, 300th Luftwaffe fighter-wing insignia. War Thunder - “Die hard” Bundle 72.97 36.49 This bundle includes: Scout Starter Pack; Hunter Starter Pack; King Tiger Advanced Pack; Unique title - Die hard; Unique decal - 510th Heavy Panzer Battalion insignia. War Thunder - “Horrendous” Bundle 74.97 37.49 This bundle includes: Ki-87 Advanced Pack; Chi-ha 12cm Advanced Pack; Heavy Tank №6 Advanced Pack; Unique title - Horrendous; Unique decal - Tengu mask. Available from the 30th of June until the 5th of Julyhide ▲ War Thunder - “Daredevil” Bundle 84.97 42.49 This bundle includes: P-38K Advanced Pack; Ray Wetmore`s P-51D-10 Advanced Pack; George Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt Advanced Pack; Unique title - Daredevil; Unique decal - 310th Fighter Squadron insignia. War Thunder - “Thick-skinned” Bundle 67.97 33.99 This bundle includes: M3A1 Stuart Starter Pack; Grant I Advanced Pack; T29 Advanced Pack; Unique title -Thick-skinned; Unique decal - 758th Tank Battalion insignia. The final price of the bundle will depend on whether you already have some of the packs or not. Be sure to login to the store to see your individual price! Upon purchase, you will receive the included vehicles, a sum of Golden Eagles and Premium Account time from packs that weren’t deducted from the bundle price. Note - owning a vehicle from one of the packs alone will not be counted towards the price reduction. You have to own the whole pack as described. You can check this in your purchase history. Note! You can also get unique titles and decals, if you log in to the game from the 22nd of June to the 5th of July and gain at least one victory, and at the same time you have previously purchased all separate packs which are included in one of the bundles above (e. g. you have all 4 plane packs included in “Vengeance from above” bundle). Titles will be assigned after the 6th of July to all users who have fulfilled these conditions (including PS4 users). The offer is valid for PC, Mac and Linux users only. PS4 users will be able to purchase the following packs at a 50% discount, the sale will begin in the nearest future. Ultra Advanced Pack; Heavy Armor Advanced Pack; Shielded T-34E Advanced Pack; A43 Black Prince Advanced Pack; Typhoon Advanced Pack; Ki-87 Advanced Pack; King Tiger Advanced Pack; P-38K Advanced Pack; Heavy Tank No. 6 Advanced Pack; T29 Advanced Pack. The War Thunder Team
  5. Weekend tournaments, 24th - 25th of June CHECK CURRENT TOURNAMENTS You can check and register to all tournaments on our portal http://tss.warthunder.com The War Thunder Team
  6. Update 22.06.2017 (1.69.2.75) A bug related to a reduction in detection range of enemy vehicles in ground battles and the decreasing of the “visibility” parameter in the vehicle cards (in-game description) has been fixed. Client stability has been improved. The current provided patchnotes reflect the major changes within the game as part of this Update. Some updates and fixes may be not listed in the provided notes. War Thunder is constantly improving all the time and certain fixes may be implemented without the client being updated.
  7. Become a Tester for Italian aircraft! (Available aircraft list updated) We invite you to participate in an historic event for our game - the introduction of a new nation! Meet Italy in War Thunder! Italy will come from the air and be able to compete on equal terms with any other nation in the game. But before that every Italian aircraft will be carefully tested by designated testers from among our players! Available Italian aircraft In this thread we will regularly post Italian aircraft which are available for research and purchase for all players even if they are not Testers. REGIA AERONAUTICA TECH TREE Available Italian aircraft CR.32 CR.32 quater Ba.65 (K.14) L Marcolin's C.R.42 CN C.202 Folgore Breda 88 (P.XI) C.202EC S.M. 79 Serie 1 S.M. 79 Serie 8 S.M. 79 AS S.M. 79 bis/T.M S.M. 79 B Z.1007 bis serie 3 C.200 Saetta seria 3 C.200 Saetta seria 7 BR.20 DR CR.42 Falco G.50 Freccia series 2 G.50 Freccia AS series 7 Become a Tester for Italian aircraft: We have prepared three ways to become a tester! I Purchase one of the pre-order packs and get the Tester status II To access the Italian aircraft CBT you can exchange symbols of speed and accuracy - arrows. Earn 12 tester arrows and join the Tester team for the Italian air forces! From 25th of May until the end of the test Get 5 wins on any rank III-V aircraft with an activity of more than 65% to get one arrow. Terms: Tasks will be counted from 9:00 GMT every day and ends at the same time on next day. For 7 arrows you will get unique "Tricolore Test Pilot" decal. You can earn only one arrow daily. III Volunteers will always be needed! You can apply by describing your combat merit, and the Regia Aeronautica command may choose you. But remember that things are valued above words and having earned arrows you are guaranteed to provide yourself a place in team Tester! SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION Becoming a Tester in any of the methods described and you will get access to a special area on the forum where you can report any detected problems and discuss the new vehicles. You will also receive a special forum reward. SPECIAL SECTION FOR TESTERS ON OUR FORUM The War Thunder Team
  8. Update 20.06.2017 (1.69.2.64) A bug where whilst in the mission [Ground Strike] Spain, zooming or turning the camera in some cases created artifacts on the landscape has been fixed. A bug in the animation of launching smoke grenades when clicking the launch button. A bug in tournament battles where the enemy appeared as spotted with the marker when reviving at the respawn point has been fixed. Display of visual damage effects after being struck with HE and HESH shells has been fixed. Smoke grenade launchers have been added for the following vehicles: Ha-Go Commander Type 61 Pz.IV G Pz.III (M/N) Panther (A/D/G/F/II) IV/70 Alkett Tiger H1 Tiger II (H/Sla) Client stability has been improved. The current provided patchnotes reflect the major changes within the game as part of this Update. Some updates and fixes may be not listed in the provided notes. War Thunder is constantly improving all the time and certain fixes may be implemented without the client being updated.
  9. Thunder Show: In the Name of Spaghetti Dear Players, It's time for your weekly episode of the Thunder Show! Enjoy our selection of epic and humorous Community videos of the week and don't forget: If you want to send in your own video, then check out how below! Which of the clips did you find most impressive? Tell us about your favourite in the comments! More about the Thunder Show Do you have a War Thunder video you would like to share with the world? An epic scene of heroism, a hilarious mistake or just random awesomeness? Then listen up! Every week in the Thunder Show, we pick one of the videos sent to us as a winner in each of the four categories in our show - The Most Epic Video, The Best Fail, The Funniest Video and finally The Most Original Video - and reward the winner with 5000 ! If your video is somewhat special it has every chance to be chosen for the show and in that case you will receives a prize! Don’t miss out on your chance and find out below what to do to send in your video as a submission! Here is how to send your video to our show: STEP 1. Record and put together a video a maximum of 3 minutes length, which corresponds to one of the four categories mentioned earlier. ATTENTION: The submitted video must be made by you, must be published for the first time, visible and must not violate any copyright laws. STEP 2. Subscribe to our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/warthunder STEP 3. Upload your video to Youtube and send us a direct link to thundershow@gaijin.ru. The covering email should contain the desired category for your video, your in-game nickname and the email address registered with your game account, so we can send you the reward should your submission win! The War Thunder Team
  10. CTF: Flag Raiser We are pleased to introduce the new “Flag Raiser” event - where you should carry a captured banner to behind the enemy lines. From June 16th 15:00 GMT to June 19th 07:00 GMT Take part in the event [Capture the flag] Each team has a task to capture a neutral banner in the centre of the map and bring it to a special designated point in enemy territory - this is the only way to win. If the flag bearer's vehicle is destroyed he loses the banner, which will then reappear a short time later at the original banner starting point. Other conditions: Rank 1 tanks from all nations Event is available in Arcade and Realistic battles. Axis vs Allies in Realistic battles There are 5 respawns available for each player. The War Thunder Team 143
  11. A22 Churchill Mk I - “First of Its Breed” Many players are familiar with the lumbering British behemoth that is the Churchill infantry tank. However, what later turned out to be a very effective and versatile vehicle, started off very differently in contrast to its later developments. Meet the first version of the legendary Churchill infantry tank in Update 1.69! Historyshow ▼ Right at the outbreak of the Second World War, British high command issued an order for a new infantry tank design that would replace the outdated Matilda and Valentine tanks. At the time, it was expected that the new conflict would turn into a trench war, just like WW1, thus emphasis was put on thick armor and good firepower at the cost of speed. After initial struggles, the first prototype of the tank, that would later be designated as the Churchill Mk I, was built in late 1940 and was hastily rushed into production in 1941. However, as the vehicle was hasted into production, proper testing and evaluation could not be done, leading to the first version of the Churchill being plagued by various issues such as lack of engine power, reliability issues and inadequate firepower. Nevertheless, the tank had to be accepted in an “as-is” state as the British military had a shortage of armored vehicles after retreating from France in 1940. A total of 303 Churchill Mk I infantry tanks were produced in 1941. However, nearly all were later on converted to special versions and trainer vehicles. In War Thunder, the Churchill Mk I is an interesting addition to the lower ranks of the British ground forces tree. It possesses the characteristic thick armor all Churchill variants are infamous for and is in no rush to get to the battlefield with a top speed of 26 km/h. However, unlike its later variants, the Churchill Mk I features two cannons instead of the traditional one. Mounted in the turret sits the 40mm OQF Mk. IX cannon, which primarily shoots solid rounds. This ammunition type often has decent armor piercing capabilities, but due to the lack of an HE filler fails to deliver significant post-penetration damage. Commanders of the Churchill I need to rely on their aim and the high fire rate of the 40mm cannon in order to take out opponents effectively. Download the Wallpaper: 1280x1024 | 1920x1080 | 2560x1440 The secondary cannon is a 75mm howitzer that covers the front part of the vehicle and is located in the hull. Its intended role was to shoot high explosive rounds at hostile personnel and installations, however, in game, this cannon will find good use at engaging lightly armored vehicles. The role of the Churchill I on the battlefield is clear - push objectives and provide support to your allies. Avoid getting cut off from your teammates as the Churchill I can easily fall prey to nimbler opponents and is susceptible to being outflanked. The A22 Churchill Mk I arrived to the second rank of the British ground forces tree with War Thunder’s Update 1.69. See you there!
  12. The Shooting Range Ep. 49 You are watching The Shooting Range – a weekly show for all tankers, airmen and aspiring Captains in War Thunder. In this episode: One of the best aircraft of World War II, and the trouble of getting anything from the Germans — the amazing Macchi C.205 Veltro; The same lethality, but faster, or how the KV-1S tank came into being; Hotline: the developers answer questions that you’ve left in the comments! But first, let’s start with... A re-cap of everything we can currently say about the upcoming World War gamemode! The War Thunder Team
  13. Update 14.06.2017 (1.69.2.54) Display of aerobatic smoke on lower graphic settings has been fixed. Client stability has been improved The current provided patchnotes reflect the major changes within the game as part of this Update. Some updates and fixes may be not listed in the provided notes. War Thunder is constantly improving all the time and certain fixes may be implemented without the client being updated.
  14. Paper models contest Don’t come unstuck! For this contest all you need is patience, thick paper, a colour printer and glue. With a bit of luck, you will become a proud owner of the Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack and one of our prizes from Roccat! From june 14 to July 10, 21:00 GMT Download instruction for the Tiger II H Sla.16 INSTRUCTIONS Print the draft and glue the model together - take pics of the process and the end result Publish your report on the model creation on your FB page with a #thunder_paper hashtag Detailed instructions can be found in the brochure. On the 10th of July we will choose the authors of some of the most high quality models created and will then reward them! 1st place ROCCAT Leadr mouse and Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack 2nd place ROCCAT Isku+ Force FX keyboard and Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack 3rd place ROCCAT Renga headset and Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack 4th place Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack 5th place Tiger II H Sla.16 advanced pack 5 special mention prizes from the Jury 1000 GE and Naval Battles CBT access How your entries will be assessed: Accuracy and similarity to the reference model - each bend and curve are important. The final look of the model - a model, driving through trenches or across terrain is better than just a picture on the table. Details - this may be a soldier on the hull, or unusual environment - use your imagination. Contest rules:show ▼ The contest is open - anyone can take part 1 participant - 1 model. 1 author can not submit more than one work. Models made by a group of people will not be accepted either. The model should be created without significant changes from the original reference model, minor changes such as hand-rails or lamps etc are permitted. However this will not greatly affect the judge's decision Models placed on dioramas/landscapes etc. are permitted. However this will not greatly affect the judge's decision Models are judged by their photos, so please try to take good quality pictures. The minimum resolution is 1024 pixels (any side), maximum size is not limited (if reasonable). There should be 3 photos minimum of the assembly process (e.g. tank without chassis or hatches), 2 pictures of the final result with one of the pictures having a slip of paper with the distinctive nickname of the player displayed. No photo post-processing - only cutting and colour correction are permitted. If in doubt, the Jury may require the original pictures of a model or ask to create a new picture. Work publication: Publish your report about the model creation and the final result on your FB page with a #thunder_paper hashtag (it may be over several posts), also add your nickname to the post. Entries will be accepted until the 10th of July. The results will be published separately within 2 weeks after the contest ends. But even without these improvements you will still have a chance to win! Don’t come unstuck - Enter now! Follow the official War Thunder facebook page!
  15. Make your vehicle more authentic! Make your vehicle more authentic! We introduce new decals regularly so you may unlock and/or purchase them. New decals will become available for unlocking and purchase for 2 weeks and after that time, they will be replaced with new ones. Players will retain the unlocked decals forever! We have already added several new decals for you that are available until the 29th of June. You may find them in the customization menu, under “week’s latest” section. Follow the news and don’t miss out on some interesting decals. Emblem of the 79th Armoured Division Emblem of 3rd tank corps Squadron Leader Pennant "Shamrock" emblem 244th Sentai Tail Marking Click here to check requirements 200 GE. Win 50 battles (25 for RB and SB) with 70% battle activity whilst controlling USSR ground vehicle or purchase with 200 GE. Destroy 30 enemy controlled vehicles (15 for RB and SB) whilst flying Italian aircraft of any rank. Destroy 40 enemy controlled vehicles (20 for RB and SB) whilst flying Japanese aircraft or purchase with 200 GE. Win 10 battles (5 for RB and SB) with 60% battle activity whilst flying any of the following aircraft: Ki-61-I hei Ki-61-I ko Ki-61-I otsu Ki-61-Ib (USA) Ki-61-I tei Ki-61-II Decals by Colin 'Fenris' Muir The requirements for the decals may be checked by hovering your mouse over the decal in the customization menu. In order to obtain a decal you should be using vehicles of ranks 2-5 in random battles and events. They cannot be gained in Enduring Confrontation mode. Previous decals will be now moved to the following sections and will be available only for the players who have them unlocked/purchased: Emblem "Elephant" → USSR (Ground vehicles) Emblem of Guards Armoured Division → Allies(Ground vehicles) Group Captain Pennant → Allies (Ground vehicles) "Red Wolf" emblem → Axis (Emblems) "Black Wolf" emblem→ Axis (Emblems)