Good day, everyone! The War Thunder team have prepared a big Update in 1.89 which we decided to call “Imperial Navy” as it introduces the majestic Japanese Navy into the game! Say hi to the Furutaka-class heavy cruiser, displacing more than 10,000 tons. It’s a true pearl of the Japanese Imperial Fleet, and the first heavy cruiser in the game. It is more than 185 metres long! Its arsenal includes six 203 mm main caliber guns as well as four 120mm guns, six AA twin cannon mounts AND 16 torpedoes to boot. The other giant coming to the game with this update is Messerschmitt Me 264. A record-breaking four engine aircraft that we will forever remember as the “Amerikabomber”. The plan was to deploy it from the airfields in occupied France, cross the Atlantic and then drop more than four tons of bombs on the East Coast of the US. It didn’t work out that way, and now this fearsome strategic bomber is just another amazing addition to your vehicle collection! Think about it: the bomber has a wingspan of 43 metres. That’s three Ju bombers wing to wing…and there’ll still be some room left! The Stormer HVM deserves special mention. It’s a British anti-air vehicle equipped with StarStreak missiles. After the missile reaches operational speed, three dart sub-munitions made from a tungsten alloy are separated from the rocket motor each of the darts guided by a double laser-beam riding system. Each dart sub-munition has high kinetic energy and an explosive warhead that detonates after penetration. A true nightmare for all helicopters and light vehicles. The next interesting newcomer is the long-awaited French top MBT, the Leclerc S1. It comes with a stabilized 120 mm cannon equipped with an autoloader and also has reliable composite armour. At the same time there is a new SPAAG in the American roster. Here comes the Bradley ADATS, an air defence anti-tank system employing both guided missiles and an autocannon. Be it an air target, or a ground target…this one will easily deal with them all. By the start of WW2, the Japanese Navy was among the strongest in the world. With Update 1.89, we are introducing a full-fledged Japanese fleet into the game, including more than 20 vessels: from agile torpedo boats to gargantuan heavy cruisers. Here are a few of them… A speedy Rank I torpedo boat outfitted with a 25mm gun and two 450mm torpedoes; This gunboat is somewhat on the slower side… but it boasts a bow-mounted 57mm gun. At Rank I no less! A modern PG-02 artillery boat available as a part of the early access comes with hydrofoils and can reach speeds of more than 90 kph. It is ALSO armed with a six-barrel Vulcan autocannon which can easily shred through any small vessel or any aircraft. The Yugumo-class destroyer, which saw its share of fighting during the Solomon Islands campaign carries eight large oxygen-enriched torpedoes that Americans call Long Lances. The Kuma light cruiser, built during WWI is known to have the smallest displacement in its entire class. It is extremely mobile and can use four of its six main caliber guns to fire at a single target at the same time! The Kako heavy cruiser has SIX powerful 200 mm guns four 120mm dual purpose guns AND oxygen-enriched torpedoes to boot! Let’s go back to Ground Battles for a second. Until recently the Tunguska was the undisputed AA champion. But now most nations have their own air defence missile systems! They have radar stations and guided missiles at their disposal, meaning that pilots have to be extra careful: An AA crew will lock on to a careless pilot in a matter of seconds, turning it into an easy frag. Everybody likes to shoot down helicopters after all! That’s, of course, far from all. As usual, feel free to check out the full list of changes and new vehicles on our official site. We will also tell you about many of those newcomers in separate videos on this channel, so do check them out! Also keep in mind that we’ve finally launched the long-awaited World War intense engagements on a global map! You don’t have to be a War Thunder veteran, a leader of a squadron or even a member of a squadron to play it. All you need is at least one Rank III vehicle in your hangar. Yup, that’s all. Welcome to World War! See you in battle! Try out the new vehicles in Update 1.89, and share your experiences in the comments below. Stay tuned. See ya!