A-35B (France)

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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
16.35 tTake-off weight
3.23 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
7100 mCeiling
Wright R-2600-13Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
702 km/hStructural
278 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2250 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 1
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
14000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2300 / 2925/2300 / 2925/1500 / 1908Repair
16000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
350 % Sl icon.png220 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage A-35B.jpg

The ▄A-35B is a rank II French dive bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/SB) and 3.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,650 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 466 448 7100 30.6 33.4 5.2 307
Upgraded 506 485 27.8 29.0 10.3 7.5


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
702 278  430 290 278 ~13 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 257 < 350 < 380 > 320
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 1,676 m 1,500 hp 1,672 hp
Setting 2 4,115 m 1,350 hp 1,430 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate behind oil cooling system.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in front of dorsal gunner.


Offensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The A-35B (France) is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (375 rpg = 2,250 total)

The six machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire together until empty.

Suspended armament

The A-35B (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The A-35B (France) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg)

Usage in battles

The A-35B is best used as a "swing fighter", switching between ground targets and slow, lumbering air targets as your bombs get used up. The typical American 6 x 12.7 mm MG armament allows this aircraft to hit hard at targets that sit still long enough for you to get a bead on them.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm SBC-17
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm LBC-25
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Manoeuvrable at low speeds
  • Has dive brakes


  • Large and slow
  • Small payload


At the beginning of the 1930s, the American company Vultee was developing a concept for a strike aircraft capable of effectively hitting ground targets, light vehicles and enemy infantry from low altitudes. Effective actions by Germany’s Ju-87 dive bombers in Europe served as a basis for the creation of a concept for the American A-31 Vengeance, a strike dive bomber with a machine gun battery in its wings. This new addition immediately caught the attention of the British delegation, which happened to be searching for a design like the Stuka to aid in the fight against Germany. In the course of modernization, the A-31 received a new 1700 hp engine and strengthened armament of five, and then seven high-caliber Browning machine guns (six in the wings and one more for defense against attacks from the rear), and a bomb load of up to 2000 pounds. Modernized version got new designation - Vultee A-35. In spite of a large export order, the Vengeance also served in the American air force and navy, and the reviews about it were contradictory. For the war in Europe, the bomber turned out to be ill-prepared. Its low speed, large silhouette and need to descend to drop its bombs made it very vulnerable to enemy flak cannons and fighters. However, in the Pacific Theater the vehicle performed well. The Japanese had far fewer anti-aircraft defenses, and the Vengeance served as an attack aircraft, a bomber and a submarine hunter.

Nonetheless, the main operators of the A-35 were foreigners. Several squadrons in the British Air Force were equipped with these dive bombers. The aircraft was delivered to Australia and Brazil, and it served in the Free French Army in Africa.

- From Devblog


See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Vultee Aircraft Corporation
Export  P-66 · ▄A-35B

France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · ▄PB4Y-2