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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
8.79 tTake-off weight
0.84 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9100 mCeiling
2 х SFA STWC3Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
735 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
13.2 mm Akan m/39A machine gunWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1080 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
13.2 mm Akan m/39 machine gun2 х Turret
300 roundsAmmunition
1080 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
18 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombSetup 1
3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombSetup 2
8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bomb
Setup 3
2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombSetup 4
8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bomb
Setup 5
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2800 / 3564/2000 / 2546/800 / 1018Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Swedish bomber B18A. For other versions, see B18 (Family). For the American bomber of similar designation, see B-18A.


GarageImage B18A.jpg

The B18A is a rank II Swedish bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 2.7 (RB). 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 Akan 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 vehicles 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 Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 445 430 9100 31.2 32.2 2.1 2.1 530
Upgraded 487 465 28.9 30.0 8.6 5.0


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 + -
735 320 490 440 290 ~7 ~3

Survivability and armour

Protective components found in the B18A.
  • 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


Offensive armament

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

The B18A is armed with:

  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39A machine gun, nose-mounted (300 rpg)

Suspended armament

The B18A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 18 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs (750 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs + 8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (1,150 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs + 8 x 50 kg sb m/42 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 machine gun, dorsal turret (300 rpg)
  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39 machine 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
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 13 mm m/40
II Compressor Airframe Turret 13 mm
III Wings repair Engine New 13 mm MGs m/41
IV Engine injection Cover New 13 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons

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See also

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External links

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Swedish Aeroplane Company Ltd. (SAAB)
Fighters  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
Jet Fighters  A21RB · J21RA · J29A · J/A29B · J29D · J29F · A32A · J32B · J35D
Bombers  B17A · B17B · B17BS
Dive-bombers  B3C · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2

Sweden bombers
B3C · B17A · B17B · B17BS · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2