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Sir! Jet bombers!
- Kowalski, Wacht Am Rhein

One of the Third Reich's secret weapons, the Arado Ar 234 "Blitz" ("Lightning") certainly deserved its nickname. The first jet-powered light bomber, its speed was such that neither enemy air defense nor fighters had time to get it in sight before it was gone.

With a light bomb load, it was perfect for fast strikes on concentrated multiple targets, even in areas well defended by anti-aircraft guns. As it carries a light load, the "Blitz" can perform up to two bombing runs where others can only perform one.

History

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The Arado Ar 234 was the world's first operational jet powered bomber, built by the German Arado company in the closing stages of World War II. In the field it was used almost entirely in the reconnaissance role, but in its few uses as a bomber it proved to be nearly impossible to intercept. Twin-engined and single seater, was produced in limited numbers. It was the last Luftwaffe plane to fly over England, in April 1945.

It is commonly known as Blitz ("lightning"), though this name refers only to the B-2 bomber variant, and it is not clear whether it was ever formally applied instead of being derived from the informal term Blitz-Bomber (roughly, "very fast bomber"). The alternate name Hecht ("pike") is derived from one of the units equipped with this plane, Sonderkommando Hecht. The Ar 234 (and the Messerschmitt Me 262) showed in which direction plane technique should develop.

Overview

In R.U.S.E., the bomber's speed allows it to evade enemy fighter more easily than other bombers. However, it is still very vulnerable to massed anti-aircraft fire. When combined with Blitz and Radio Silence and jet fighter support, this bomber can become somewhat omnipotent.

Boasting ridiculous speed when used with the said ruses, and unable to be seen until the last second, all the enemy will see is a grey cloud of these planes sweeping over their base, with fighters tearing their airborne units apart and bombers releasing a rainstorm of bombs, their base will be left nonexistent in a very quick strike.

Assessment

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  • One of the fastest aircrafts.
  • Can evade most enemy fighters easily.

  • Very expensive + development
  • Light bombload.

Weapons

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Carpet bomb
316 316 789 63 32 16 8 3 0 m
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MG Turrets
12 400 m

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Notes

  • Even though the description says that it can preform 2 bombing runs, it actually means that it can fly, bomb, return to base, repeat, faster then a normal bomber can.
  • The Ar 234 is very effective unit as it can drop its bombs in mass with other planes before AA can hit it.
  • It may say that it's better than a medium bomber, but it sometimes takes two Ar 234 to take out a resistant structure whereas it takes one medium bomber to destroy one, due to the inconsistency of the bombing run.

See also

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