I currently don’t understand the BR placement of this aircraft.
(I’m aware it was once 9.7 and extremely good but the meta has shifted and more powerful missiles and jets have been added since then)
We already have a plethora of Mach 2+ capable aircraft around 9.3 - 9.7 BR such as the F-104, Su-7 and Lightning F.6.
Before you scream: “YoU ARe GoNNa MaKe thE BRs MoRe CompRessEd.”
The F-105D Thunderchief is an absolute free kill to any jet at its BR range that is equipped with IR-type missiles (similar to the B-57/Vautour/Yak-28 since it cannot carry any countermeasures except Chaff which I rarely if ever work out thanks to most players utilizing it mainly as a high-speed low altitude jet bomber with its own AIM-9Es and the M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon.
I mean sure… It’s a high-speed jet with an impressive large payload compared to other strike aircraft but after the introduction of base respawning in Air RB now up to 5 min (you can thank the addition of the F-111A for this). It’s now so easy to deal with since the plane is gigantic and an easy target to hit with guns alone and also cannot maneuver at all in dogfights (except a few turns at high speed).
Like… you cannot tell me at this point “It’s a skill issue” if I die in an aircraft with no flares to something like the AIM-9L, R-60M or Magic IIs which the F-105D can regularly face especially in uptiers. There’s quite literally no way of evading one without maybe firing FFAR rocket pods or turning off your engine (which isn’t even reliable at times without dying to the loss of speed just for someone else to pick you off).
This jet really doesn’t seem to be that powerful even in full down tiers, I think it deserves to go back at least to 9.7 BR atm.
What do you think?