From 15.00 GMT on the 2nd of October to 09.00 GMT on the 5th of October, 2015
The Event 'Large Calibres!' (+20% RP & +20% Lions) is available!
P-39 Airacobra (all US and USSR variants except Р-400); P-63 Kingcobra (all US and USSR variants); PBJ-1H;
Me 410 A-1/U4; Ме 410 B-2/U4; Me 262 A-1/U4; Ju 87 G-1; Ju 87 G-2; Hs 129 B-3;
LaGG-3-34; Yak-9T; Yak-9K; Yak-9P; Yak-9UT; Il-2-37;
Tempest Mk. V (Vickers P); Mosquito Fb Mk. 18; Hurricane Mk.IV;
Ki-102 otsu; Ki-96; Ki-45 otsu; Ki-45 tei; Ki-45 hei
In the 'Large Calibres' Arcade event, the most hard-hitting aircraft in War Thunder combat each other in unforgiving aerial duels.
Pilots! Get your cannons ready and join in on the fun and earn extra Research Points and Silver Lions!
The most widespread calibres used in aviation before World War II were the rifle 7.62mm and 7.7mm (.303-inch) calibres. However once the war started it became obvious that more potent weapons were needed to reliably destroy air targets, so 12.7mm (.50) MGs and 20mm autocannons became indispensable elements of fighter aircraft equipment in the early 1940s. Even higher firepower was needed to have a chance to damage tanks, ships and submarines, so different countries started developing more powerful weapons for aircraft.
German engineers mounted the experimental BK 5 50mm cannon on the Ju 88 and Me 410 planes, and used the Hs 129 equipped with a 75mm cannon to gain the upper hand over the Soviet KV and T-34 tanks. The British experimented with semi- and fully automatic 40mm and 57mm guns (adaptation of the famous Ordnance QF 6-pounder for the needs of aviation). But the Italian engineers surpassed their rivals by far, fitting out the Piaggio P.108A four-engine bomber with a monstrous 102mm cannon as well as a set of torpedoes and impressive defensive armament.
The War Thunder Team