The primary weapons system of the He 111 was its bombload, which included several options based on the nature of its mission. The aircraft was capable of carrying a single 2,000-kilogram (4,409-pound) bomb externally, along with a single 500-kilogram (1,102-pound) bomb internally, or eight 250-kilogram (551-pound) bombs internally transported. Sub-variants of the He 111H were modified to carry aerial torpedoes for anti-shipping missions or smaller 50-kilogram (110-pound) bombs for antipersonnel missions. A 20mm MG FF cannon, 13mm MG 131 machine gun and seven 7.92mm MG 15 or MG 81 machine guns were mounted in various combinations for defence.
Ground crewmen handle a variety of ordnance as they arm a He 111 for an upcoming mission. The aircraft was capable of handling high explosive, incendiary and other types of ordnance