War Thunder: Update Improves Artillery Strikes

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A new patch for War Thunder is now available for download. Update brings major improvements to artillery strikes, so read further to learn more.

Improved Artillery Strike

For a long time, artillery strikes are the preferred method of destruction to draw out enemies from their positions. While they work really well, the developers feel that they can still be improved. So in this update, they made some changes to make ground battles more interesting.

First, the first four rounds of an artillery strike, called targeting shots, will leave orange smoke trails upon impact. The smoke can be used by spotters to guide the main salvo and help pinpoint the target's location. But these shots will only harm enemies on direct hits, so don't expect splash damage.

Second, the total number of shells in artillery support has been increased to 15. This is to ensure that a strike zone is still a dangerous place, even if the first four shots deal less damage than the rest.


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  • Chieftain Mk.3, Chieftain Mk.5, Chieftain Mk.10: pivot radius has been reduced
  • 2А11 37mm gun: burst fire spread has been increased, muzzle velocity spread has been increased when firing in bursts
  • MIM146 SAM missile: a bug has been fixed that prevented armor fragmentation
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the incorrect launch direction of the right catapult on the AI carrier USS Forrestal
  • Yak-38, Yak-38M: incorrect indication of the thrust direction in the cockpit has been fixed
  • F3H-2: a bug with the aircraft’s armoring has been fixed
  • He 111 H-16: a bug has been fixed where the lower turret was able to fire through the fuselage
  • B-10B: separate bomb drop from the bomb bay has been added for the 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • I-180S: separate bomb drop with low caliber bombs has been added
  • HMS Blackpool: a bug has been fixed with the depth setting of the Mk20 Bidder torpedo that prevented damage to destroyers and boats
  • The incorrect display of shadows in areas of accumulation of destroyed and operational armored vehicles has been corrected
  • Long names for missiles in air battles have been shortened in the HUD
  • FPS drop has been fixed when firing AA machine guns in naval battles
  • A bug has been fixed with an interpolation switch to the remote key point when watching replays

War Thunder Update is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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