Hurricane Mk. IIB in War Thunder:
There are two Hawker Hurricane MkIIBs in the game - the Tier II British fighter which comes in with a battle rating of 2.0, and its Soviet counterpart, which comes in with a battle rating of 3.0. We take a look at both aircraft, and also explore the history behind the Soviet Hurricane IIB squadrons.
For most players of the British Tech Tree, the Hurricane Mk I/L is the first ‘proper’ fighter aircraft they have access too - it’s the first monoplane, it’s the first aircraft to carry a large number of guns, and from there it’s only a short hop to the Mk.IIB. In the game, as in real life, the IIB is fitted with the ‘universal wing’, allowing it to carry ordnance in addition to its 12 machine guns - these consist of two 250lb or 113 kilo bombs, and 6HRC Mk.8 rockets, and turn it into a capable fighter attacker. Once you’ve got rid of the ordnance however, or indeed decide not to carry it in the first place, the IIB is still a splendid flyer and can give many aircraft at this tier a run for their money, although it does start running into more heavily armed and armoured aircraft.
The Soviet Hurricane we have in the game is, suitably enough, the Mk.II B. This is a tier II premium aircraft with a battle rating of 3.0. It has a reward bonus of 70% + 70% and a research points bonus of +148%. It has a maximum speed of 329mph or 529kph, and a turn time of 17.5 seconds. It’s armed with a pair of 20mm ShVAK cannon with 250 rounds of ammunition and a reload time of 40 seconds, and two 12.7mm Berezin UB machine guns with 250 rounds of ammunition, and a reload time of 20 seconds.
The modified gun configuration has the dual advantages of providing superior hitting power concentrated in fewer weapons, and the loss of weight allows a return to the increased maneuverability of the Mk. I/L. But this comes with a price - 1000 GE to be exact - in real terms this is currently £4.25 in sterling, €5.99 in Euros or $6.65 in American money. Only you can decide whether you want to spend that money, but speaking as an avid Hurricane fan, I can say with confidence that you won’t be disappointed if you do.
Author: Henry Rothwell
With an upcoming Update, we will add the Soviet "White Wolf" Hurricane emblem
& "Fighting Cock" emblem of No. 43 Squadron, RAF:
Decals made by Jej 'CharlieFoxtrot' Ortiz and Colin 'Fenris' Muir
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