The Fw 190 F was originally manufactured as a Fw 190 A-0/U4. Early testing started in May 1942. The A-0 testbed aircraft was outfitted with centreline and wing-mounted ETC 50 bomb racks. The early testing results were quite good, and Focke-Wulf began engineering the attack version of the Fw 190. New armor was added to the bottom of the fuselage, protecting the fuel tanks and pilot, the engine cowling, and the landing gear mechanisms and outer wing mounted armament. Finally, the Umrüst-Bausatz kit 3 was fitted to the aircraft by means of a ETC 501 or ER4 centreline mounted bomb rack and up to a SC250 bomb under each wing. This aircraft was designated the Fw 190 F-1. The first 30 Fw 190 F-1s were renamed Fw 190 A-4/U3s; however, Focke-Wulf quickly began assembling the aircraft on the line as Fw 190 F-1s as their own model, with 18 more F-1s built before switching to the F-2. The Fw 190 F-2s were renamed Fw 190 A-5/U3s, which again were soon assembled as Fw 190 F-2s on the production line. There were 270 Fw 190 F-2s built according to Focke-Wulf production logs and Ministry of Aviation acceptance reports.
The Fw 190 F-3 was based on the Fw 190 A-5/U17, which was
outfitted with a centreline mounted ETC 501 bomb rack, and in the Fw 190
F-3/R1 and Fw 190 F-3/R-3, two double ETC 50 bomb racks under each wing
or two similarly located 30 mm MK 103 cannons. The F-3 could carry a
66-Imp gal (300 liter) drop tank. A total of 432 Fw 190 F-3s were built.
Owing to difficulties in creating an effective strafing Fw 190 F able
to take out the Soviet T-34 tank, the F-4 through F-7 models were
abandoned, and all attempts focused on conversion of the Fw 190 A-8.
The Fw 190 F-8 differed from the A-8 model in having a
slightly modified injector on the compressor which allowed for increased
performance at lower altitudes for several minutes. The F-8 was also
fitted with the improved FuG 16 ZS radio unit, which provided much
better communication with ground combat units. Armament of the Fw 190
F-8 was two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots and two 13 mm
(.51 in) MG 131 machine guns above the engine. According to Ministry of
Aviation acceptance reports, at least 3,400 F-8s were built, and
probably several hundred more were built in December 1944 and from
February to May 1945. (Data for these months is missing and probably
Dozens of F-8s served as various testbeds for anti-tank armament,
including the WGr.28 280 mm air-to-ground missile, probably based on the
projectiles from the Nbw 41 heavy ground-barrage rocket system, and the 88 mm (3.46 in) Panzerschreck 2 rockets, Panzerblitz 1 and R4M rockets.
There were also several Umrüst-Bausätze kits developed for the F-8, which included the Fw 190 F-8/U1
long range JaBo, fitted with underwing V.Mtt-Schloß shackles to hold
two 300 L (80 US gal) fuel tanks. ETC 503 bomb racks were also fitted,
allowing the Fw 190 F-8/U1 to carry one SC 250 bomb under each wing and
one SC 250 bomb on the centreline.
The Fw 190 F-8/U2 torpedo bomber was fitted with an ETC 503
bomb rack under each wing and a centre-line mounted ETC 504. The U2 was
also equipped with the TSA 2 A weapons sighting system that improved the
U2's ability to attack seaborne targets with a 1,543 lb (700 kg) BT
The Fw 190 F-8/U3 heavy torpedo bomber was outfitted with an
ETC 502, which allowed it to carry one BT-1400 heavy torpedo
(3,086 lb/1400 kg). Owing to the size of the torpedo, the U3's tail gear
needed to be lengthened. The U3 also was fitted with the 2,000 PS BMW
801S engine, and the tail from the Ta 152.
The Fw 190 F-8/U4, created as a night fighter, was equipped
with flame dampers on the exhaust and various electrical systems such as
the FuG 101 radio altimeter, the PKS 12 automatic pilot, and the TSA 2 A
sighting system. Weapons fitted ranged from torpedoes to bombs; however, the U4 was fitted with only two MG 151/20 cannon as fixed armament.
The Fw 190 F-9 was based on the Fw 190 A-9, but with the new
Ta 152 tail unit, a new bulged canopy as fitted to late-build A-9s, and
four ETC 50 or ETC 70 bomb racks under the wings. According to Ministry
of Aviation acceptance reports, 147 F-9s were built in January 1945, and
perhaps several hundred more from February to May 1945. (Data for these
months is missing and probably lost.)
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