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Update 1.69 'Regia Aeronautica' released!
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We are happy to announce the release of Update 1.69 ‘Regia Aeronautica’, which unlocks the Italy as War Thunder’s sixth nation, initially offering a formidable line-up of 35 of the most historically accurate representations of their famous Air Force in any computer game ever.  Other features include new aircraft and tanks for five other nations, the long-awaited ability to launch smoke grenades and smokescreens from tanks, new realistic recreations of battlefields, and support for PlayStation®4 Pro.

Italian aircraft

Click on the link to see the full Italian research tree

The new Italian aircraft tree stretches from Italy’s famous biplanes of the 1930’s to its powerful jet fighters of the 1960s. Among the latter is the Fiat G.91, a light, fast and agile fighter-bomber. Italian bombers include highlights such as the heavy four-engined Piaggio P.108B, which can carry a staggering 3.5 tons of bombs or three torpedoes. Its sister model, the ship hunter P.108A, comes equipped with a massive 102mm anti-ship cannon with 50 rounds of ammunition, which is now the largest aviation weapon in the game by far. All players will get gradual access to the new nation’s aircraft, with new models being unlocked for research every few days.


BR.20 DR 

C.205 serie 3 

S.M.79 serie 8 


More about the introduction of the Italian tree in War Thunder:

When will the closed test of the Italian aircraft tree start and how it will be done?

  • Many of you are already familiar with the procedure for the implementation of new vehicles from a new nation into the game: all Italian aircraft will be opened from the beginning for research and purchase for “Tester” (read below on how to become a tester). As the tests are conducted, players will regularly get the opportunity to research and purchase a few new vehicles. The list of the vehicles will be published in the news.

How do you become a tester?

  • Detailed information on the various methods will be published later, but you can currently purchase pre-order packs, which in addition to Italian premium machines, include Test status and unique pre-order bonuses.

Some Italian aircraft are already represented in the German tree. What will happen to them?

  • They will remain with those players who have researched and purchased them and will still be in the German tree.  Also, the modules and improvements for those aircraft will remain tied only to them. For other players they will just disappear and their new representations will appear in the Italian tree.

Will the Italian premium vehicle packs stay available for purchase in the shop?

  • They will be available to purchase for some time, but after update 1.69 is released. Special pre-order bonuses, like decals and titles will however disappear from these packs.

Development blogs

Breda Ba.65 K14 

Sd.Kfz 234/2 «Puma» 

Fiat G.55 Centauro 

CANT Z.1007 Alcione 

М60А2: «Starship» 

PB4Y-2 Privateer 


Ba.88 Lince 

Fiat G.91 pre-series 

Fiat G.91R/1

Piaggio P.108A

More ground vehicles

The United States gets access to a new top-rank vehicle, the M60A2 “Starship”, which can fire both conventional shells and guided-missiles from its 152mm cannon. For the Soviet Union, the T-55A is introduced as a worthy successor to the T-54, sporting excellent close combat and flanking capabilities. The Japanese tree sees improved version of the Chi-To Late version. Fans of the British vehicles will be able to obtain Churchill Mk.I, the older brother of the Churchill Infantry tanks that are already presented in the game and rank 5 reinforcement - the mighty Vickers Mk. 1.

Churchill Mk.I 

Vickers Mk.1 

Object 268 

Chi-To Late


Chieftain Mk.5

Smoke grenades & smokescreen launchers

A completely new feature in War Thunder are smoke grenades and smokescreen launchers. The first will allow tankers to deploy protective smoke over large distances, while the latter are an effective method to hide from enemy fire while repairing on the battlefield or defending a capture point.

Improved locations

The ground battles location ‘Kuban’ has been greatly revamped, which will make tank combat on the new location much more tactical and varied. For pilots, the hot sands of ‘Tunisia’ await. Knights of the Sea pre-beta testers will be able to try the Black Sea Port!

Tunisia location for aircraft Reworked Kuban location Black Sea Port

Playstation®4 Pro support

Now, War Thunder fully supports the improved performance of the PlayStation®4 Pro console, allowing owners to play War Thunder in 4K resolution.

Metal technology support for Mac

Metal technology support has significantly improved dynamic scenes display in Mac-client and in specific cases it increases FPS up to 100%!
Click here for more information.

Check full list of changes

See you on the battlefield!

The War Thunder Team

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