Squadron Vehicles: F-5E FCU

The Thai F-5E Tiger II jet fighter is going to be a new squadron vehicle that will be added to the Japanese air research tree in the Alpha Strike major update!

F-5E FCU: A Jet Fighter for Japan at Rank VII as a Squadron Vehicle


  • Excellent handling!
  • High overload resistance.
  • Python 3 and AIM-9P4 air-to-air missiles.
  • Large arsenal of ordnance against ground vehicles.
Vehicle History

The Royal Thai Air Force received the first F-5 series aircraft in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War, where the resulting aircraft were equipped purely as attack aircraft. The country began receiving more advanced F-5Es in the late 70s. In 1988, the modernization of part of the F-5E fleet began. They received a HUD, a new sight with a ballistic computer, countermeasures, an RWR and the ability to install Python 3 missiles. Even though the Royal Thai Air Force have begun using F-16 fighters, the F-5 series of aircraft remain in service to this day.

Meet the F-5E FCU!

Welcome the addition of the Royal Thai Air Force’s F-5E to the Japanese air tree, coming in the Alpha Strike major update! The Thai variant of this popular multi-role fighter is even better for air duels thanks to the addition of the Israeli Python 3 short-range missile and the AIM-9P4, a new air-to-air missile that will be added to the game. Let’s take a closer look!

Developer comment: We’re adding the Thai F-5E FCU to Japan as a squadron vehicle to help bolster this air tree with an interesting option, as Japan has very limited domestic modern jet aircraft to add. In addition to air battles, this aircraft will also be useful in ground battles thanks to its ordnance options, overall helping Japan’s ground forces lineup. The F-5 is a popular aircraft in War Thunder that many of you are familiar with, and Thailand is geographically quite close to Japan, with both having good modern relations.

The F-5 series simply needs no introduction. They can be seen in almost every air battle at the higher ranks, where a large number of pilots will say this fighter is one of their favorites in the game. This aircraft is compact and fast, perfectly controllable at any altitude and is good in dogfights. In addition to this, they make good work of ground vehicles too as an attack aircraft!

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All-in-all, the Thai F-5E FCU takes all of the advantages of the F-5 in the US and Chinese air trees and improves upon them. First up, let’s welcome a new air-to-air missile to War Thunder: the AIM-9P4 Sidewinder! This missile is quite effective at short-range and derives from the AIM-9P series, but features an all-aspect seeker instead. Besides this, an excellent air-to-air missile in the form of the Python 3, which is known for its high maneuverability and is best suited for short-range air duels can be equipped as well. Lastly, there’s a radar, RWR and 45 flares + chaff can be launched, all perfect for air battles in general. You’ve got everything you need!

Interesting: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X of Thailand since 2016) personally piloted F-5 jet fighters.

In addition to the accurate 20 mm cannon in the nose, the F-5E FCU can take a 30 mm GAU-13/A gun pod under the fuselage, which is useful in air combat and even against tanks. On the subject of tanks...

Just like other F-5Es, this vehicle carries a solid range of ground attack options. Up to 4 x high-precision AGM-65Bs can engage tanks from long range and altitude, plus regular unguided rockets at closer ranges if needed. On five weapon hardpoints, you’ll be able to place more than 7 tons of ordnance: regular bombs, assault and incendiary bombs, Mighty Mouse rockets and Zuni rockets. To help aiming these rockets, the F-5E FCU has a ballistic computer thanks to the Thai modernization program, which certainly helps in battles!

The Thai F-5E FCU is going to be a squadron vehicle that can be obtained for squadron activity points when in a squadron, or purchased with Golden Eagles whenever you wish. This awesome and interesting aircraft is an excellent addition to Japan for any game mode!


first thing to not be on the dev? when 9035?


You know you could have picked the F-14J to actually be spicy and continue the trend of nonexistent Aircraft For Japan’s Air tree.

Who else can’t wait for that one MiG-25 to show up right?


devblog before the launch day?

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absolutely unexpected, so there’s more chances of getting a thailand subtree before south korea lmao


Very nice! 👍

Is tomorrow confirmed to be launch day?

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Let’s go! YEAH!


That’s definitely unique. Neat


Why add this plane as a squadron vehicle to Japan (instead of standard tech tree) when France and Italy still don’t have a single squadron vehicle?

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because as of now there is no thai tech tree, where else should it go in the tree?

forgetting japan only has 1 squadron being a naval vehicle, though it would kinda be nice to see squadrons for them aswell, an export Mirage III comes to mind for france, and for italy?uuuuh, maybe a G.91?


maybe brazilian ghibili (amx), would fit well, but were getting offtopic here i think


This is a surprise, Thailand was the only safe option for Japan.

I hope to see more Thai vehicles in Japan soon


Very cool to see japan get some love this update witha pretty good addition


Why not? Thailand has more options for the sub-tree itself.
Give it time for the others.

so when F5 to sweden too? almost everyone joined the F5’s party but sweden !

Especially one tank =)

When the J35XS sales dies off, maybe



The plane is a cool addition. But I’m afraid there’s gonna be a weird implications about this plane if you know who piloted this specific plane.

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