From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Armor, as per my understanding, only increases survivability of your pilot if plane is shot down : it does not make plane more resistant to damage , for which you have to consider the Durability of the plane
Armor does make an airframe tougher and harder to shoot down in addition to increasing pilot survivability. I think they lump things like self-sealing tanks into armor, but the pilot not getting shot in the back with a 50cal bullet will also mean the plane is more likely to stay int he air.
This is also my understanding for armor but i am not convinced it's the way it is applied in game
Clearly I don't know how the routines combat are run (air to air and ground (AAA) to air), but i can assume that the data related to the 'durability' of the plane is the quantity of damage it can suffer.
Although, when i check some planes they have same durability despite some version have armor, and some don t :
Ki-43 IIa Oscar, armor = 0, Durability = 23
Ki-43 IIb Oscar, armor = 1, Durability = 23
Ki-49 Ia Helen, armor = 0, Durability = 40
Ki-49 IIa Helen, armor = 1, Durability = 40
In game, if armor would increase the capacity of the plane to resist more damage, i would believe that armored version would have increased durabulity compare to non armored version...
so my guess is that armor, in game, is only increasing the survivability of the pilot if his plane is shot down...
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