B.R.20DR

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B.R.20DR
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B.R.20DR
AB RB SB
1.7 1.7 1.7
Class:
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Description

The B.R.20DR is a rank I Italian bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica" alongside the initial Italian aviation tree.

The BR.20 has a superb bomb load and is quite strong, being able to soak up a bit more damage than other comparable bombers. The defensive armament has excellent coverage; however, the dorsal gunner is quite exposed and commonly gets hit while in combat. It not only looks but also flies like a brick. This is a very slow plane and in Arcade and Realistic battles, and because these game modes are so short, by the time you reach your bombing target the match may almost be over! The BR.20 is still however quite a treat to fly and is stable and well suited to Simulator.

Another very interesting strategy the BR.20 DR is capable of is ironically, attacking other bombers. When the top & front gunner are pointed forward, the combined firepower of three 7.7 machine guns makes for a nasty surprise, especially if loaded with the AP-I belt!

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 000 m430 km/h
Turn time31 s
Max altitude7 000 m
Engine2 х Fiat A80 RC.41
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight14 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 411 398 7000 32.1 33.5 2.3 2.3 750
Upgraded 452 430 30.0 31.0 7.4 4.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
675 310 N/A 428 280 ~6 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 200 < 200 < 270 > 335
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,100 m 1,000 hp 1,163 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural675 km/h
Gear310 km/h
  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (2 in the frontal fuselage, mounted to the right, 2 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB370 → 462 Sl icon.png
RB1 300 → 1 626 Sl icon.png
SB1 060 → 1 326 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications4 430 Rp icon.png
2 670 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost300 Ge icon.png
Crew training600 Sl icon.png
Experts2 100 Sl icon.png
Aces40 Ge icon.png
Research Aces110 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
30 / 70 / 70 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
130 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
130 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
480 Rp icon.png
Cost:
290 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
480 Rp icon.png
Cost:
290 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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breda_turret_belt_pack
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
130 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCSAP100
Research:
220 Rp icon.png
Cost:
130 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCGP250
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
200 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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safat7_turret_new_gun
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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MCRO500
Research:
280 Rp icon.png
Cost:
170 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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MCGP800
Research:
480 Rp icon.png
Cost:
290 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups5
List of setups
Setup 112 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
Setup 212 x 100 kg GP 100T bomb
Setup 34 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 42 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb
Setup 52 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb

The B.R.20DR can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 800 kg GP 800 bombs (1,600 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
2 х Turret7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)

The B.R.20DR is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

While bombing, this is an excellent aircraft for flying in formation as course and speed are easily maintained and controlled.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good payload for its rank
  • Fast in a dive
  • Pitches very well
  • Combination of roof & front turret and high spawn can easily disable enemy bombers

Cons:

  • Rolls very badly, poor yaw
  • Slow speed

History

The standard Italian bomber of World War 2, the B.R. 20 was a technically advanced bomber for its time. More than 500 were produced over seven years, and it served on all of Italy's fronts, including Africa, Russia, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans. B.R. 20s based in Belgium participated in the Battle of Britain, taking heavy losses.

Designed by Fiat's Celestino Rosatelli, the B.R. 20 had a metal structure and duralumin/fabric covering. Its specifications had called for a top speed of 388 km/h, a bomb load of 1200 kg, and a range of 960 km, all of which it easily surpassed. Two modified B.R. 20s competed in the 1937 Istres-Damascus-Paris air race, but did not win. In 1939, another modified B.R. 20 set an endurance record for a 4,800 km flight from Rome to Addis Ababa, averaging more than 400 km/h along the route.

From 1937 to 1939 B.R. 20s served in the Spanish Civil War. The model did less well in the Battle of Britain, where the Italian air corps lost a quarter of its 80 B.R. 20Ms in their first 300 hours in the air. The model continued to be produced until 1942.

Media

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See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


Fiat Aviation (Fiat Aviazione)
Attacker  F.C.20 Bis
Fighters  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater
  CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7
  G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S
  G.56
Jet fighters  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 YS
  ▄F-86K*
  F-104S*
Bombers  B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1
Export  J11
  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4 · G.91 R/4
Captured  ▀CR.42 · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7
  *Licensed
See also  North American Aviation · Lockheed Martin

Italy bombers
Fiat  B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1
Savoia-Marchetti  S.81 · S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 B · S.M.79 serie 8 · S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M
CANT  Z.1007 bis serie 3 · Z.1007 bis serie 5
Piaggio  P.108B serie 1 · P.108B serie 2
German  ▄Ju 87 R-2 · ▄Ju 87 D-3