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Kaga
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Aircraft Carrier | Japan | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points54,200 
Secondary Armament #1
200 mm/50 3rd Year Type mod. A10 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range4.5 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time15 sec.
HE Shell203 mm Common Type4 HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity870 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel17 %
Secondary Armament #2
127 mm/40 Type89 A16 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range4.5 km.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity725 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #3
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 22 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range4.5 km.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity725 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type96 Twin mod. 114 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second37.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second60.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 22 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second20.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed28 knot
Turning Circle Radius1 080 m.
Rudder Shift Time14.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.6 km.
Air Detectability Range10.9 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Kaga — Japanese promo premium Tier VIII aircraft сarrier.

Until the early 1940s, she was one of the biggest aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Initially laid down as a battleship, she was redesigned during construction to become a carrier. The ship had good armor protection for her type, carried quite numerous air group and powerful secondary battery guns.

Kaga first went on sale on 2 June 2017 on the EU servers, and on 5 June 2017 on the NA servers.

Modules

link=Ship: Fighters
(sqdr.)
Torpedo Bombers
(sqdr.)
Dive Bombers
(sqdr.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type8 mod. 1111 00
link=Ship: Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
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AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Kaga54,200115210/2/66/2/1485 00
link=Ship: Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
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Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
A6M5 Zero144001,330 00
link=Ship: Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
B6N Tenzan5,4001331,600 00
link=Ship: Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
D4Y3 Suisei8,8001421,580 00
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 125,000 hp28 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Secondary Battery Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Squadron Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Kaga is a Tier VIII premium Japanese aircraft carrier. Unlike Saipan’s style of having fewer, higher tier aircraft, Kaga instead provided her captain with large numbers of lower tier aircraft. She is able to launch copious amounts of bombers at the enemy team, but must be careful of the anti-aircraft abilities of same and higher-tier ships. With proper target selection and flak avoidance, Kaga can strike even Tier X targets and still have full squadrons ready to go in the latter stages of the game.

Unlike the IJN tech tree carriers, Kaga has HE dive bombers. She drops four bombs per drop with 3 drops per squadron. What makes these dive bombers special is not the bombs, but the attack pattern. The dive bombers dive low very quickly and travel laterally at a very low height at fast speeds, which allows players to drop on targets at a very low height and ensure a high percentage of bomb hits. This is very useful for dropping maneuverable targets such as destroyers and light cruisers. The low height of the drop allows several bomb hits on destroyers per attack, dealing high amounts of damage in proportion to their maximum health.

Kaga's torpedo bombers are also powerful, but take practice to use. The torpedo bombers drop four torpedoes per drop with 3 drops per squadron. Stealth is one of the biggest strengths of the torpedo bombers, with a base detect of 7.5km. Kaga can use this stealth to get a perfect drop angle on targets without the target knowing that they are being targeted. Aim time is another strength of the torpedo bombers, with the lowest aiming time of all Tier VIII carriers. However, the biggest drawback of the torpedoes is long arm time. Due to this, dropping on more agile targets is not advised. Thus, the torpedo bombers are best suited for landing hard hits on slower targets like battleships.

Her rocket aircraft should only be used as a last resort. The rockets are stock Shokaku rockets, except with less health. Dive bombers do a better job on smaller targets, and torpedo bombers do a better job on larger targets.


Pros:

  • Ridiculous amount of planes immediately available on deck
  • Torpedo bombers can reach as low as 6.1km detectability with the right upgrades
  • Torpedo bombers drop four (4) torpedoes per attack run
  • Dive bombers are accurate and use HE bombs, unlike techtree Japanese carriers
  • Heavy secondary armament for self-defense
  • Very good ship concealment with all the relevant upgrades

Cons:

  • Poor ship mobility - not the best speed, huge turn radius and slow rudder shift
  • Planes have a low healthpool and are not very fast
  • Ineffective rockets with low penetration and damage
  • Aerial torpedoes have an extremely long arming distance
  • Torpedo bombers and dive bombers fly in large squadrons, vulnerable to enemy flak bursts
  • Plane restoration is very slow for a Japanese aircraft carrier
  • Kaga's hull is poorly armored and can take heavy damage from pretty much anything
  • Hull secondary armaments have very poor range

Research

As a Premium ship, Kaga doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Kaga are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Kaga equips the following consumables:

Aircraft Carrier:

All aircraft carrier consumables are automatically activated.

Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Bombers:

Camouflage

As a Premium ship, Kaga comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces cost of post-battle service, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Kaga may mount up to eight signal flags:

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga - Wikipedia
  2. Going Gaga for Kaga? - Community Videos - News - World of Warships
  3. Armada - Kaga - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  4. Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  5. Brown, D. (1977). Aircraft Carriers. New York, NY: Arco Publishing Company.
  6. Lengerer, H. (1982). Akagi and Kaga; in Roberts, J. Warship IV. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  7. Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  8. https://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNJAP_79-50_3ns.php
  9. https://www.combinedfleet.com/kaga.htm
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