FS2 Tech Room Description
The new GTB Boanerges has been assigned to elite bomber squadrons in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Terran battle groups. The challenge of maintaining an aging fleet has motivated the GTVA to develop a new generation of ships able to withstand long-term abuse in the field. By maximizing shielding and payload (while offering enough maneuverability to make it a viable tactical unit), the Boanerges promises to remain in service for decades to come. One test pilot observed that the Boanerges handles better than any other bomber and has enough firepower to make it a formidable anti-capship weapon.
Most people seem to have been disappointed with the Boanerges. I'm one of them. Despite the tech description, the Boanerges really does not seem to handle better then an Ursa. It also lacks the Ursa's second primary bank, having only a single two-gun set of primaries. In most anti-capital missions you'll want a Maxim primary, and dogfighting with a Maxim is an exercise in futility most of the time. This leaves you to fall back on your secondaries for anti-fighter protection, an uncomfortable situation, as secondaries run out. (And if you're not going after caps, why are you in a heavy bomber anyways?) It also does not seem to have a significantly stronger set of shields or a much stronger hull then an Ursa. Its only saving grace is that it has larger secondary bays and so can put a greater amount of weight on target before it runs dry...but sometimes this really does not seem enough to justify its use.
Basically the same thing as an Ursa, but with one primary and a greater secondary payload in two banks. Slightly faster too.
From the tech room description the Boanerges is really not meant to be better than the Ursa, but rather to be at least as good, the main driver for its adoption being reducing the maintenance burden. IMO the Boanerges is the better pure bomber, assuming that all heavy bomber wings are escorted by fighters, as they should be (but sometimes aren't), if you want to dogfight as well as bomb then you should really be using a light bomber like the Artemis or a Zeus, not a heavy bomber at all
A crucial line is crossed in the Boanerges. Previous heavy bombers were incapable of dogfighting. The Boanerges is incapable of defending itself.
I don't really like this bomber either, but in some cases I'd prefer it over the Ursa. That thing could barely move and while this is not much better, at least it provides heavy bomber shield strength and heavy bomber firepower with some vestige of maneuverability. This shares roughly the same capacity as an Ursa, but with less hull strength and extremely weak gun power. Overall I'd find myself flying a different bomber but if they raised secondary capacity over the Ursa, increased hull strength or made this more maneuverable I'd be flying it a bit more often.
I don't know if this is the way the missions were set up but i felt almost invincible in FS1 piloting the Ursa, and in FS2 that feeling was nearly as strong... in this i don't know, felt like i was flying a brick waiting to die, which i did 2 or 3 times on my first mission in this.