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In 1942 command "Luftwaffe" has realized insufficient efficiency of standard bombs against constantly amplifying tank armouring. In this connection variants of more effective anti-tank armament for planes Ju-87 which for that moment were the basic anti-tank weapon of German aircraft have started and to be found.

The most obvious decision was arms of the machine an anti-tank gun with large enough shell. For this purpose have chosen 37-mm easy antiaircraft gun Flak-18 on the basis of which advanced instrument VK 3.7 has been created.

Installation of this gun by converted plane Ju-87D-3, has resulted in occurrence of updating Ju-87G-1 which was taken advantage in the autumn of 1942. It became last fighting updating of aircraft; 5700 planes Ju-87 of all updatings were built.

Ju-87 Specification
Ju-87G-2 Ju-87H-1 Ju-87R-2
Crew 2
Length, m 11.50
Height, m 3.88 3.88 4.01
Wing span, m 15.00 15.00 13.80
Wing area, m2 33.68 33.68 31.90
Wing loading, kg/m² 195 156.1 177.2
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 3930 x 2750
Maximum takeoff weight 5960 5000 4350
PE Jumo 210J-1 Jumo 211J-1 Jumo 211Da
Power, hp/kW 1420/1044 1420/1044 1200/883
Maximum speed km/h 380 380 410
at altitude, m 4090 4090 4100
Time to altitude min 12 13.4 19
m 4000 3000 5000
Service ceiling, m 8000 8000 7285
Service range, km 790 1160 1535
Machine guns 3 3 3
External bomb load, kg     500
Photo Description
Drawing Ju 87 G-2

Drawing Ju 87 G-2

The Ju-87G-1 from 'Panzerjagdkommando'

The Ju-87G-1 from "Panzerjagdkommando"


  • "Aviation of Luftwaffe" /Viktor Shunkov/
  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
Ju87 G2 1944-01