2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
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".
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|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 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.
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.
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)
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
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|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
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|Vultee Aircraft Corporation|
|Export||P-66 · ▄A-35B|
|Farman||F.222.2 · N.C.223.3|
|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|