B18A

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B18A
saab_b18a.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.0/2.0/2.0BR
3 peopleCrew
8.8 tTake-off weight
0.84 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 100 mCeiling
2 х SFA STWC3Engine
Type
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
735 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
13.2 mm Akan m/39A machine gunWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1 080 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
13.2 mm Akan m/39 machine gun2 х Turret
300 roundsAmmunition
1 080 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
18 x 50 kg m/42 bombSetup 1
3 x 120 kg m/40 bombSetup 2
8 x 50 kg m/42 bomb
3 x 120 kg m/40 bomb
Setup 3
2 x 500 kg m/41 bombSetup 4
8 x 50 kg m/42 bomb
2 x 500 kg m/41 bomb
Setup 5
Economy
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 610 / 2 047/1 670 / 2 124/670 / 852Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Swedish bomber B18A. For other versions, see B18 (Family).

Description

GarageImage B18A.jpg


The B18A is a rank II Swedish bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

Sweden had been using the Ju 86K (export version of the German Ju 86) or the B3C bomber as their main bomber. In 1938 a requirement was put forth to Swedish aircraft manufactures for a fast reconnaissance aircraft with a crew of three. SAAB was awarded the contract for the project and began to build the SAAB 18 alongside the smaller SAAB B17 bomber. At this point the B17 had the facilities priorities in construction, however, the B18 was modified from being just a reconnaissance aircraft to also being a medium bomber. The mid-project changes caused a significant delay in the production of the aircraft which didn’t roll out for duty until mid-1944.

Initially, the B18A aircraft was deemed underpowered with the two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engines, but would later be replaced by license-built Daimler-Benze DB 605 liquid-cooled engines. Later the B18B variant was modified to operate as a dive bomber/ground attack variant which could be outfitted with three 120 kg bombs or 12 m/51 rockets which could utilize both the internal bomb bay and hardpoints on under the wings. A single defensive positions utilised two 13.2 mm Arkan m/39 machine guns which had limited coverage the rear dorsal position of the aircraft. The pilot was in control of a single 13.2 mm m/39A machine gun.

The B18A was a multi-role aircraft which filled a need for the Swedish air forces, which continued on until 1959. This bomber can operate in two roles, either as a medium-altitude bomber working on destroying vehicled and anti-aircraft artillery targets or to bomb enemy bases. Flying at a higher altitude will help to avoid a majority of the fighter aircraft which tend to stay at the lower altitudes. The B18A can also be pressed into service in the lower altitudes and even on the deck. When outfitted with rockets, the B18A can dive-bomb ground targets to include tanks, bunkers, anti-aircraft artillery and naval ships.

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
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,??? m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ???  ??? 9 100  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ???
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,??? m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
487 465 9 100 28.9 30.0 8.6 5.0 530

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
 ??? ~?? ~??
Protective components found in the B18A.
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 10 mm steel - cockpit floor under pilot's seat
  • 10 mm steel - pilot's seatback
  • 10 mm steel - rear gunner protective plate
  • 10 mm steel - cockpit floor under gunner's seat
  • 10 mm steel - aft protective plate

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Akan m/39A (13.2 mm)

The B18A is armed with:

  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39A heavy machine gun (300 RPG)

Suspended armament

The B18A can be outfitted with the following suspended ordnance:

  • 18 x m/42 50 kg bombs (900 kg total)
  • 3 x m/40 120 kg bombs (360 kg total)
  • 8 x m/42 50 kg bombs + 3 x m/40 bombs (760 kg total)
  • 2 x m/41 500 kg bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x m/41 500 kg bombs + 8 x m/42 50 kg bombs (1,400 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Akan m/39 (13.2 mm)

The B18A is defended by:

  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39 heavy machine gun dorsal turret (300 RPG)
  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39 heavy mahcine gun ventral turret (300 RPG)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 13 mm m40
II Compressor Airframe Turret 13 mm
III Wings repair Engine New 13 mm MGs m41
IV Engine Injection Cover New 13 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons

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History

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Media

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See also

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External links

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Saab - Swedish Aeroplane Company, Limited (Svenska Aeroplan Aktie Bolag)
Fighters  J6B · A21A-3 · J21A-1 · J21A-2
Bombers  B3C · B17A · B17B · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2
Jet Fighters  A21RB · J21RA · J29A · J/A29B · J29D · J29F · A32A · J32B

Sweden bombers
Saab  B3C · B17A · B17B · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2