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War Thunder: Update improves artillery strikes

A new fix for thunder of war is now available for download. Update brings major improvements to artillery strikes, so read on to learn more.

Improved Artillery Strike

For a long time, artillery strikes were the preferred method of destruction to drive enemies away from their positions. Although they work very well, the developers believe 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 aimed fire, will leave orange smoke trails upon impact. The smoke can be used by spotters to guide the main salvo and help pinpoint the location of the target. But these shots will only hurt enemies with 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 hit zone remains a dangerous place, even if the first four shots deal less damage than the others.

Change log


  • Ariete, Ariete PSO, Ariete (P): the number of forward and reverse gears has been increased, gear ratios have been adjusted

  • Chieftain Mk.3, Chieftain Mk.5, Chieftain Mk.10: Pivot radius reduced

  • 2А11 37mm gun: increased burst fire spread, increased muzzle velocity spread when firing bursts

  • MIM146 SAM missile: a bug has been fixed that prevented armor fragmentation


  • A bug has been fixed that caused an 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: bug with aircraft armor has been fixed

  • He 111 H-16: a bug has been fixed where the lower turret could fire through the fuselage

  • B-10B: separate bomb drop from bomb bay added for AN-M65A1 1000lb bombs

  • I-180S: a separate bomb drop with small caliber bombs has been added



  • Incorrect display of shadows in the accumulation areas of destroyed and operational armored vehicles has been fixed

  • Long missile names in air battles have been shortened in the HUD

  • Fixed FPS drop when firing AA machine guns in naval battles

  • A bug has been fixed with an interpolation switch to the remote key point when viewing replays

thunder of war Update is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.