S.O.8000 Narval

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General info

The S.O.8000 Narval in the garage.

The S.O.8000 Narval is a gift Rank IV French strike fighter with a battle rating of 5.7. It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Narval (Narwhal in French) is designed to be an interceptor and it excels in this role with a good climb rate, interceptor spawn, high speed and 6 powerful cannons. Underneath the sleek and eye-pleasing design of the Narval lies a monster of a plane when piloted well. It wields an extremely powerful sextet of the previously mentioned cannons, which happen to be the German MG 151's, wielding the dreaded minengeschoß ammunition round which gives ballistics similar to most 37 mm cannons while keeping the various upsides of 20 mm cannons (light weight, high muzzle velocity and universal use) allowing you to shred bombers in a few well aimed bursts.

However, the plane is not without its weaknesses. The rear mounted engine and propeller makes it easy for the engine to get knocked out when being tailed. It also has a particularly poor turn rate, so turning versus most planes is a death sentence, as it will make it easy for an opponent to snipe your pilot. Having 6 cannons means that you are completely defenceless after running out of ammo in them, with no extra machine guns to defend yourself with.

Vehicle characteristics

The Narval has a very distinguished silhouette, almost looking like a cross between a P-38 lightning and a Me 163 Komet. The first thing you will notice is the interestingly designed pair of wings. The inboard leading edge of its wing was sweptback 24 degrees, while the outboard section was sweptback 13.5 degrees and incorporated a dihedral angle. The superb roll rate was achieved with a combination of small ailerons at the tip of the wings and spoilers along with clipped wings which only slightly reduced the plane's turning capability. It also wears large double slotted flaps designed to decrease speed for carrier operations. The powerful Arsenal 12H (which was a copy of the Junkers Jumo 213) allows the plane to get to a very high top speed at around 8,000 meters and gives it brutal speed in a dive. The plane is also made entirely out of metal, which allows it to take some punishment from enemy fighters.

Tactics

The Narval is an exceptional interceptor, however due to its ability to mount either 2 x 1,000 lb bombs or 8 x T10 151 AP rockets, it can also make an effective strike fighter. If going the interceptor route, you must climb to a high altitude in order to not only attack bombers, but make the most out of the 12H, where it performs the best. On the flip side, if you are going for the strike fighter role, be weary that mounting rockets and bombs will throw the centre of gravity back, which worsens the already bad turn rate.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very strong forward armament (6 x MG 151/20s)
  • Plenty of ammo
  • Very high rip rate for a prop aircraft
  • Good roll rate
  • Engine located at the back makes it less likely to be knocked out by bomber/attacker gunners or in a head-on attack
  • Gets an interceptor spawn which allows gives it an opportunity to climb well above its opponents
  • Good visibility in the cockpit
  • All guns are mounted in the aircraft's nose, making them accurate and having little to no convergence

Cons:

  • During takeoff, pulling on the stick too early will damage the tail
  • Takes a bit of time to accelerate
  • Climbs rather slowly, even with air spawn, so enemies may still be able to out-climb the Narval
  • Poor turn-rate
  • Rather fragile wings
  • Wing sweep means that when you carry bombs, the centre of mass is thrown way back, affecting the already poor turn-rate

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 6 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, cheek-mounted (250 rpg = 1500 total)


Payloads

  • Without load
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs
  • 8 x T10 140 rockets
  • 8 x T10 151 rockets

Armour

  • 10 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 10 mm Steel plate behind pilot.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Arsenal 12H-02 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1694 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2045 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: Arsenal 12H-02 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1674 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2026 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: Arsenal 12H-02 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1674 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2026 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 698 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 26.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 762 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 23.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 23.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 680 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 730 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 25.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 680 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 730 km/h
    • at height: 8,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 25.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 800 m

Performance

S.O.8000 Narval/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the S.O.8000 Narval from live.warthunder.com.

Videos

Premium Vehicles - SO.8000 Narval





Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-fra.png S.O.8000 Narval
Nation France
Manufacture ??
Type
Fighting style

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Offensive armament
??
Magazine ?? rpg
Mount ??
Ammo ??
?? ??
Magazine ?? rpg
Mount ??
Ammo ??
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~_,___ kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~_,___ kg
Takeoff Weight ~_,___ kg
Wing Area ~__.__ m²
# Flap Positions ??
Number of Engines 1
Airbrakes None installed
Arrestor Gear None installed
Statistics
Power per Engine ___ hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~___.00 kph at _,___ m
Climb Rate ~_._ m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~___.__ kph
Turn Time ~__.__ s
Wing loading (Empty) ~___.__ kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~_,___ lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~____ lb
Takeoff Weight ~_,___ lb
Wing Area ~___ ft²
# Flap Positions ??
Number of Engines 1 x ??
Airbrakes None installed
Arrestor Gear None installed
Statistics
Power per Engine ___ hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~___.00 mph at _,___ m
Climb Rate __.__ ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~___.__ mph
Turn Time __.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~__.__ lb/ft²
Limits
Max Speed limit ___ kph
Gear lmit ___ kph
Max static +G's ~__
Max static -G's ~__
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <___ kph
Rudder <___ kph
Elevators <___ kph
Radiator >___ kph
Limits
Max Speed limit ___ mph
Gear lmit ___ mph
Max static +G's ~__
Max static -G's ~__
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <___ mph
Rudder <___ mph
Elevators <___ mph
Radiator >___ mph
Manual Control
Mixer is/is not controllable
Pitch is/is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is/is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is/is not controllable
Oil and water uses/does not use combined radiator control
Supercharger is/is not controllable
Turbocharger is/is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
____ m
____ ft
100% Enginepower ____ hp
WEP Enginepower ____ hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
____ m
_____ ft
100% Enginepower ____ hp
WEP Enginepower ____ hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt. Last checked 1.77.2.116.