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A6M2

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Totals
324000 Price
170 Survivability
2560 kgWeight
201.6 Damage
Speed
1127.4 Airspeed
500 km/hTop Speed at Sea Level
500 km/hTop Speed at Best Altitude
800 mOptimum Altitude
580 km/hMaximum Dive Speed
101.9 m/sRate of Climb
90 km/hStall Speed
256 km/hOptimum Airspeed
Mobility
86.5 Controllability
8 sAverage Time to Turn 360 deg
100 °/sRate of Roll
1556.6 Maneuverability
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Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero
324000
Early in the Pacific War, the A6M was the world's most capable carrier-based fighter, which gave Japan air superiority.

Tech Tree

Engine
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0
EngineSakae 12
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp925
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg540
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Sakae 12
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3100
EngineSakae 21
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1130
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg570
Price:
Research cost3100
Purchase price33500
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3100
Sakae 21
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3600
EngineSakae 31a
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1210
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg540
Price:
Research cost3600
Purchase price42700
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3600
Sakae 31a
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0
Engine
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1210
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg540
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Airframe
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0
AirframeA6M2 Model 11
Specifications:
Survivability170
Weight, kg1780
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A6M2 Model 11
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0
Airframe
Specifications:
Survivability180
Weight, kg1840
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3750
AirframeA6M2 Model 21
Specifications:
Survivability180
Weight, kg1840
Price:
Research cost3750
Purchase price44500
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3750
A6M2 Model 21
Synchronized machine gun
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0
Machine gun7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S)
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s960
Damage26
Rate of Fire, rounds/min800
Weight, kg30
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2x7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s960
Damage26
Rate of Fire, rounds/min800
Weight, kg30
Price:
Purchase price4500
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2x
Wing-mounted weapon
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0
Machine gun20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1200
Damage65
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
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2x20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W)
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2850
Machine gun20 mm Type 99-1 Model 3 (W)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1200
Damage75
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Research cost2850
Purchase price26000
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2850
2x20 mm Type 99-1 Model 3 (W)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1200
Damage75
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Purchase price26000
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2x
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No weapons
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No weapons
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No weapons


Modules

Engine

Engine

Tier Engine Engine Power, hp / Thrust Type Weight, kg Price,
IV Sakae 12 925 air-cooled 540 24000
V Sakae 21 1130 air-cooled 570 33500
VI Sakae 31a 1210 air-cooled 540 42700
Airframe

Airframe

Tier Airframe Survivability Weight, kg Price,
IV A6M2 Model 11 170 1780 23000
V 180 1840 44500
Synchronized machine gun

Synchronized machine gun

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
III 7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S) 7.7 960 26 800 30 4500
Wing-mounted weapon

Wing-mounted weapon

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
V 20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W) 20 1200 65 360 90 21000
VI 20 1200 75 360 90 26000


Compatible Equipment

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Superb maneuverability
  • good firepower


Cons:


  • Fragile airframe
  • Poor high altitude performance makes it vulnerable to diving attacks
  • One of the slowest planes in its tier
  • Firepower does not improve much from the A6M1, will struggle some against Tier 6 planes


Historical Info

While the Navy was testing the first two prototypes of A6M1, they suggested that the third be fitted with the 700 kW (940 hp) Nakajima Sakae 12 engine instead. Mitsubishi had its own engine of this class in the form of the Kinsei, so they were somewhat reluctant to use the Sakae. Nevertheless, when the first A6M2 was completed in January 1940, the Sakae's extra power pushed the performance of the Zero well past the original specifications.

The new version was so promising that the Navy had 15 built and shipped to China before they had completed testing. They arrived in Manchuria in July 1940, and first saw combat over Chungking in August. There they proved to be completely untouchable by the Polikarpov I-16s and I-153s that had been such a problem for the A5Ms currently in service.

Success of A6M2 made Navy immediately order the A6M2 into production as the Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Model 11. Reports of the Zero's performance filtered back to the US slowly. There they were dismissed by most military officials, who felt it was impossible for the Japanese to build such an aircraft.

After the delivery of only 65 aircraft by November 1940, a further change was worked into the production lines, which introduced folding wingtips to allow them to fit on aircraft carriers. The resulting Model 21 would become one of the most produced versions early in the war. A feature was the improved range with 520lt wing tank and 320lt drop tank. When the lines switched to updated models, 740 Model 21s had been completed by Mitsubishi, and another 800 by Nakajima.


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