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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
203 mm/50 3rd Year Type No.1 in a Model A turret10 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range4.5 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time15 sec.
HE Shell200 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 Type 89 on a Model A1 Mod.3 mount2 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%
Secondary Armament #3
127 mm/40 Type 89 on a Model A1 mount6 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%
AA Defense
127 mm/40 Type 89 on a Model A1 Mod.3 mount2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second20.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
127 mm/40 Type 89 on a Model A1 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second60.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a twin mount14 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second37.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 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 5 June 2017 on the NA servers, and on 2 June 2017 on the EU servers.

Modules

Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Kaga54,2001315210/2/66/2/1485 00
Attack Aircraft Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
A6M5 Zero144001,330 00
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
B6N Tenzan5,4001331,600 00
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
D4Y3 Suisei8,8001421,580 00
Engine 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 Damage Control Party 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 VII Premium Japanese Aircraft Carrier. Unlike Saipan's style of having fewer, higher tier aircraft, Kaga instead allows the player to use large numbers of lower tier aircraft. She is able to send large numbers of bombers at the enemy, but must be careful of the anti-aircraft abilities of same and higher-tier ships. Her planes are also slower than other Aircraft Carriers at her tier, meaning they are unable to outrun enemy aircraft, and will spend more time in anti-aicraft auras. However, Kaga features powerful plane loadouts that allow her to punish anything that has inadequate AA, or has had its AA reduced over the course of the battle. The primary loadout is a 2/2/1 setup, providing powerful offensive power in the form of her six-plane torpedo squadrons, and two fighter squadrons to tie up the enemy fighters and protect the strike. Kaga's fighters can hold their own if the player takes the Dogfighting Expert captain skill and mounts the other fighter enhancement modules as well. Kaga also has 20.3cm secondary guns, but as they are secondaries, they are short range and relatively inaccurate, making them more for entertainment value than actual combat.

LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Kaga from the NA forums.


Pros:

  • Has the largest hangar size of any Tier VII aircraft carrier at 85 planes.
  • Kaga carries a powerful secondary armament consisting of several 127mm and 200mm guns.
  • Has the largest number of hit points of any carrier at her tier.
  • The ship has a 22% torpedo protection damage reduction.
  • The drop pattern of her torpedo squadrons can be difficult to dodge, especially for larger ships.

Cons:

  • Travelling at a speed of 28 knots, Kaga is somewhat slow in comparison to her counterparts.
  • Kaga is also hard to maneuver. The ship has a rudder shift time of 14.4 seconds and a turning circle radius of 1080m.
  • Kaga’s Tier VI planes can be fragile against higher tier anti-aircraft or other aircraft.
  • The strike aircraft are slow, especially in comparison to Saipan's or Ranger's aircraft.
  • The fighter squadrons contain only four planes instead of the six that the dive bomber and torpedo bomber squadrons have.

Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a Tier VII carrier with four upgrade slots, the following upgrades are recommended on Kaga:

Slot 1

  • Air Groups Modification 1, in order to improve the fighters' damage capabilities and increase their chances of winning dogfights.

Slot 2

  • Air Groups Modification 2, in order to further improve the fighters' chances of winning dogfights through increasing their survivability.

Slot 4

  • Damage Control System Modification 1 is the top pick of the bunch, in order to reduce fire and flooding chance on the ship (as carriers rarely have their engine or rudder incapacitated).

Slot 5

Commander Skills

Consumables

As a carrier at Tier VII, Kaga has access to only Damage Control Party. Due to Kaga’s poor concealment, the premium version of this consumable is recommended in case enemy surface ships decide to focus fire on her with high explosive rounds.

Camouflage

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

Signals

As a carrier, Kaga is able to mount a maximum of four signal flags simultaneously. Mounting a November Echo Setteseven is recommended to improve the ship's anti-aircraft defenses as well as her aircraft’s rear gunner damage. Juliet Whiskey Unaone flags may also be mounted to improve the flooding chance for the torpedo bombers. India Yankee and Juliet Yankee Bissotwo flags are also recommended to decrease time of fire and flooding recovery respectively. Lastly, economic flags such as Equal Speed Charlie London, Zulu, and Zulu Hotel can be mounted to improve credit or experience gain per battle.

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  • Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Brown, D. (1977). Aircraft Carriers. New York, NY: Arco Publishing Company.
  • Lengerer, H. (1982). Akagi and Kaga; in Roberts, J. Warship IV. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  • Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  • https://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNJAP_79-50_3ns.php
  • https://www.combinedfleet.com/kaga.htm
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