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The P-19 Scorch was the most effective and common fighter-bomber of the Cold War, being used by everyone from first-world militaries to sub-Saharan warlords, the latter for reasons Western still doesn't really feel like talking about. Please note: This aircraft is excluded from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and must be stored in a personal hangar.
―Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Western P-19 Scorch is a military fighter-bomber jet featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Air Superiority update.

Design

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Most of the aircraft's design is based on the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, evident in the design of the nose, cockpit, intakes, and most of the fuselage. The wings, vertical stabilizer, single afterburner, tail design, and single-seater cockpit are taken from the Dassault Mirage 2000.

In terms of armament, the P-19's hardpoints are similar to that of the F-4's, with two missiles on the front and back of the bottom of the fuselage in a 2x2 formation. The aircraft's gun is mounted on the very tip of the nose, and is barely visible at some distances. The P-19 always has one bomb rack mounted on each wing, with three bomb slots on each. If bombs are not equipped, the rack will be empty.

Performance

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Vehicle

The P-19 is quite fast for its age and role, with a top speed of approximately 182 knots while flying above 900 feet. The P-19 was designed to perform both conventional fighter missions and strike bomber operations, and it is more than capable of doing both of these at once with minimal issues.

Like the P-73 Prowler, the P-19's primary downsides are its poor maneuverability and weight. These greatly affect its performance, widening its turns and reducing its ability to perform aerobatic maneuvers. Despite these downsides, the P-19 is still effective in combat, especially against ground targets, though it is incapable of taking on high-maneuverability fighters without help.

Defense

The P-19 is able to take more shots from Miniguns and Heavy Snipers than other fighter jets. It can also take two more missile hit than its counterparts, being one of the most resilient aircraft available, though the second one will almost always be a kill and its control surfaces will still be damaged from blasts.

The aircraft can be fitted with countermeasures to improve its defensive capabilities against homing missiles, each one with their own attributes:

  • The Chaff countermeasure disrupts the targeting system from missile launchers, cancelling any locks and rendering them unable to lock on the aircraft for ten seconds. Pilots who fly through the Chaff cloud will also receive a false missile lock warning for three seconds. They have a delay of five seconds before being used again and only have 10 uses.
  • The Flare countermeasure drops several flares from the bottom of the aircraft, which can "disorient" the homing missile in order to avoid chasing the aircraft. They have a delay of three seconds before being used again and only have 20 uses.
  • The Smoke countermeasure creates a trail of smoke that can disorient the enemy pilot, but its effectiveness is very limited, as the trail is large enough for a standard cockpit and the enemy pilot would just need to move away and follow the smoke trail. It has no delay between uses and can be used indefinitely.

Weapons

  • Explosive Cannon: The P-19 is fitted with a nose-mounted explosive cannon that is extremely powerful and effective, being able to swiftly destroy unarmored and armored targets, though the latter typically require sustained fire. However, it has a limited range of 600 feet.
  • Missiles: The P-19 is fitted with several missiles that can be toggled between lock-on and unguided. As an aircraft added in the Air Superiority update, the P-19 has four different missile types: Standard, Anti-Air, Anti-Ground, Long-Range, and Multi-Lock.
    • Standard: Standard missiles seen on other aircraft. Has mediocre maneuverability and deals regular damage against all types of targets.
    • Anti-Air: Advanced missiles as seen on the Oppressor Mk II before The S.A.H.P. Update, albeit with slightly less turning. Has excellent maneuverability and deals 1.5x damage to aircraft and airborne targets. However, Anti-Air Missiles cannot lock onto ground- and water-based targets, and they deal significantly less damage to these targets. They also have a smaller blast radius, and are more attracted to flares than other missiles.
    • Anti-Ground: Specialized missiles designed to destroy ground- and sea-based targets. Has poor maneuverability, but deals 1.5x damage to ground vehicles, watercraft, and ground-based targets, with a larger blast radius. However, Anti-Ground Missiles cannot lock onto air-based targets, and they deal significantly less damage to these targets.
    • Long-Range: Large long-range missiles designed to destroy targets before visual contact is made. Has poor maneuverability and deals standard damage to all targets, but is significantly faster, lasts significantly longer, and can lock onto targets from farther away than usual, delaying the target's missile alert until after the missile has been fired. However, Long-Range Missiles cannot lock onto on-foot targets or players on Free Mode missions, such as sell missions.
    • Multi-Lock: A rack of four missiles that allow pilots to target and fire on four targets at once. Has mediocre maneuverability, is weaker than regular missiles, and has a smaller blast radius, but is faster and lasts longer than other missiles. However, Multi-Lock Missiles cannot fire unguided, and they cannot lock onto on-foot targets or players on Free Mode missions, such as sell missions. The rack also empties itself once it is fired, regardless of the number of target locks, and it does not reload until the fired missiles explode.
  • Bombs: The P-19 has the option for installing bombs, providing heavy firepower against ground targets but increasing weight and reducing maneuverability. There are four different bomb types: Explosive, Incendiary, Gas and Cluster.
    • Explosive: Standard bomb, dealing consistent, high damage over targets from all ranges.
    • Incendiary: Creates a trail of fire similar to the Molotov Cocktail, burning targets for constant damage. Although the bombs are powerful on impact, it deals low splash damage.
    • Gas: Creates a large gas cloud that has a noxious effect on players and NPCs, similar to the Tear Gas. It has a larger blast radius, but is unable to damage vehicles. The gas lasts for around 25 seconds.
    • Cluster: Creates a smaller explosion on impact, but deploys smaller cluster bombs within a larger radius, allowing for greater damage against either a single target or multiple close targets.

Customizations

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Category Modification Price Notes
Armor None $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Countermeasures None $700
Chaff (10) $70,000
Flare (20) $110,000
Smoke $68,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Livery None $11,400 Default design.
Fly Through The Jungle $18,240 Green, brown, and tan camouflage design with USAF markings based on the F-4's South-East Asia camouflage pattern.
Dirty $19,380 Tan, peach, and brown tigerstripe desert camouflage design.
Sea Gull $20,520 Light grey design with USN markings, based on the design used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps F-4s.
Dive Bomber $21,660 Olive green design with German Air Force markings and yellow stripes on the wings and fuselage midsection, inspired by the Junkers Ju 87.
Bogey $22,800 Black design with red Soviet Air Forces roundels on the wings and vertical stabilizer.
Naval Fighter $23,370 Dark blue and light blue design with JASDF markings, based on the JASDF's Sea camouflage pattern.
Hot Rod $23,939 Black and orange design featuring stylized flames on the nose, wings, and vertical stabilizer.
Strike Bomber $24,510 Dark green design with shark nose art and RAF markings.
Moving Target $25,080 White and red design with a stylized dart board design in place of conventional roundels, with additional markings on the vertical stabilizer identifying it as a USAF target plane.
Fisher Squadron $25,650 Dark grey livery with a red vertical stabilizer and the Fisher Squadron insignia on the top and bottom of the wing tips.
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors
Sell Sell Vehicle
Weapons Missiles Standard $1,000
Anti-Air $80,000
Anti-Ground $90,000
Long-Range $100,000
Multi-Lock $125,000
Bombs None $700
Explosive $75,000
Incendiary $85,000
Gas $95,000
Cluster $120,000

Prominent Appearances in Missions

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  • Provided for use in Furball.
  • Provided for use in Operation Buy American and Operation Trade Agreement.
  • Appears as enemies in Operation Vigilante, Operation Splash One, and Operation World Hand.

Locations

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  • Can be purchased from Warstock Cache & Carry for $3,000,500 or for $2,256,050 after completing Operation Buy American for the first time.

Trivia

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