AD-4 (France)

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▄AD-4 Skyraider
douglas_ad_4_france.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.0/6.0/5.7BR
1 personCrew
10.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Wright R-3350Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
797 km/hStructural
680 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x HVAR rocketsSetup 1
1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 2
12 x HVAR rockets
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 3
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 4
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 5
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 6
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 7
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 8
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 9
1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 10
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 11
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 12
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 13
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 14
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 15
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 16
1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 17
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 18
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 19
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 20
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 21
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 22
Economy
86 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
350 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 300 / 7 906/7 000 / 8 785/3 530 / 4 430Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
× (190) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the French attacker AD-4 (France). For the American version, see AD-4.

Description

GarageImage AD-4(France).jpg


The ▄AD-4 Skyraider is a rank IV French attacker with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB) and 6.0 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

Considering the size, weight, and engine of the aircraft, the AD-4 still maintains a good top-end speed and gets there in a reasonable time, though nowhere as fast as comparable fighters get to theirs. Skyraider pilots will find their plane able pull a great instantaneous turn rate to keep up with fighters or other aircraft that end up on the business end of the AD-4's cannons, though their plane will very quickly lose a lot of speed thanks to its incredibly high weight. Sustained turns are not a strength of the AD-4 by any means, and the introduction of any verticality into manoeuvres will emphasis this weakness even further; the plane has rather terrible energy retention.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
557 542 8,900 24.3 24.6 11.5 11.5 600
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,822 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 8,900  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 600

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
797 680 378 ~10.5 ~4.5
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 460 < 480 < 410 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,128 m 2,700 hp 2,679 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,920 m 2,170 hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 40 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates under the engine.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind pilot.

The AD-4 also has a single, large self-sealing fuel tank placed behind the pilot's steel plate. The oil cooling systems are found behind the engine, protected from ground fire by the same steel plates. Both of the steel plates are capable of preventing the penetration of HE shells, as well as thick enough to block AP shells from 7.92 mm machine guns at longer ranges, and 7.62 mm machine guns at all but point blank ranges, giving the AD-4's engine and pilot excellent survivability from rifle-calibre ground fire.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M3 (20 mm)

The AD-4 (France) is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannons (200 rpg = 800 total)

The four cannons are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each has an ammunition load of 200 rounds, and all fire simultaneously. All cannons exhaust their ammunition supply at the same time.

The AN/M3 is an excellent all-rounder cannon, dealing consistently lethal damage to enemy aircraft with both API-T and HEF-I shells, but also being able to pierce lightly armoured tanks with API-T shells, which can penetrate 27 mm of RHA at 500 m, enough to deal with nearly every light tank the AD-4 will encounter. However, the AN/M3's accuracy without the "New 20 mm Cannons" modification is exceptionally poor, with hit probabilities outside of 500-600 m becoming very low due to high bullet spread.

Suspended armament

Main articles: HVAR, Tiny Tim, T10 140
Main article: Mk.13/44

The AD-4 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x HVAR rockets
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets + 12 x HVAR rockets
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x Tiny Tim + 12 x HVAR rockets + 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 1 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 1 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs

Usage in battles

The AD-4 is a well-suited aircraft for its primary role—ground attack—and provides the pilot with a large variety of highly effective payload options for dealing with different types of targets. Depending on the pilot's preference, the French AD-4 has access to over twenty options for suspended armaments, consisting mostly of different types of bomb/rocket hybrid payloads.

There are three primary rocket selections available to the French AD-4; twelve HVAR rockets, twenty-four T10 151 AP rockets, and twenty-four T10 140 HE rockets. Each rocket type can be used with the full range of hybrid payloads, which includes a Mk.13/44 torpedo, two Tiny Tim rockets, or a selection of bomb set-ups including 2,000 lb bombs, 1,000 lb bombs, 500 lb bombs, or combinations of the three as listed above. Your choices will vary based on your expected target type and game mode. T10 T151 rockets plus two Tiny Tims, for instance, may be the best option for dealing with enemy anti-air in ground

The AD-4's biggest enemy is opposing fighter planes. The Skyraider is a massive, heavy, and difficult to manoeuvre target, and enemy fighters will have no trouble sticking to one like glue. AD-4 pilots will need to take this into consideration when entering the combat area. The AD-4 is quite survivable, so it can take head-ons in spite of its wing-mounted guns, and deal considerable damage with the AN/M3s, though it may often be better to wait for friendly fighter cover or retreat immediately to allied anti-air once the threat of enemy air arises.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Automatic pitch
Controllable Not controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 20 mm SBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe TC mk.I LFRC mk.12
III Wing Repair Engine New 20 mm Cannons MBC mk.1 Matra T10 140
IV Engine Injection Cover LBC mk.1 Matra T10 151

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Large variety of suspended armament options
  • Four 20mm AN/M3 cannons, effective against all lightly armoured target types
  • Survivable against low calibre (7.62 mm to 7.96 mm) ground fire
  • Surprisingly high instantaneous turn rate

Cons:

  • High weight, even when unladen, but especially with suspended armaments
  • Loses energy fast in manoeuvres, laden or unladen with suspended armament
  • Has a chance of encountering late-WW II/1940s jet aircraft
  • Large difference between stock and spaded flight/gun performance
  • Lacks air brakes
  • No tail hook for carrier landings, unlike the American naval AD-4

History

The AD-4 is part of a long line of piston-engined attack aircraft developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company, starting with the A-1 Skyraider, seeing service across the globe in various ground strike roles. The variant of the French AD-4 represented in War Thunder is the French AD-4NA, a variant of the formerly three-seated AD-4N night attack plane which was converted to a single-seated attacker in American Service before being sold to France, though France did also come into possession of the AD-4N.

Having notably served during the Korean War under the USN and USAF, the Skyraider attracted many potential buyers including France who acquired 40 AD-4NA and 53 AD-4N aircraft from the US Navy Surplus in 1959. The Skyraider saw service in France's Armée de l'Air starting in 1960, during the Algerian War being sent against the Front de Libération Nationale, a movement fighting for the independence of Algeria from French rule. When the country gained independence in 1962, the AD-4 was relegated to service in Djibouti, then called the French Territory of Afars and the Issas. The French AD-4s last saw combat in Chad, where the French used them to support the government against Islamic guerilla forces in the area.

These French AD-4s were subsequently sold onwards to other countries such as Cambodia and Chad, where they saw further use under those flags.[1]

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also


External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


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 Helldiver · ▄PB4Y-2 Privateer
Attackers  ▄AD-4 Skyraider

References

  1. Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas Aircraft since 1920. London: Putnam, 1979. ISBN 0-370-00050-1.