Beaufighter Mk VIc

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Beaufighter Mk VIc
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
7.1 tEmpty weight
10.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 100 mCeiling
sec25.8/25.8/23.7Turn Time
161 km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Hercules VIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
676 km/hStructural
242 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannonWeapon 1
960 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 х 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 1
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 152 / 2 722/1 683 / 2 128/720 / 910Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.18 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Beaufighter Mk VIc. For other uses, see Beaufighter (Disambiguation)


The Beaufighter Mk VIc in the garage

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is a Rank II British twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

One of the best early-tiered heavy fighters. When the engines and survivability is fully upgraded, it is truly a bomber killer to behold. Capable of bringing down any Rank 1, 2 or 3 plane with ease. Unfortunately, there are several drawbacks to the amazing power of the 4 Hispano 20mm cannons. You will normally spawn quite high, so use that to your advantage when attacking enemy planes. The recommended speed of this plane is only around 320 mph. Any higher results in severe and poor handling, making the heavy armament useless if your quarry turns. Therefore, the Beaufighter is not suited for BnZ, but better for head-on and tail-end combat. If you are caught by any single-engine fighter, try to dive and climb. If that does not work, resort to the turret or turning. The high fire rate of the turret makes it especially effective for pilot shots, if you are accurate enough.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
512 498 8 100 25.2 25.7 7.3 7.3 371
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
559 5536 8 100 22.3 23.7 17.7 10.5 371


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
676 242 440 ~6 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 330 < 390 < 410 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
440 m 2,800 hp 3,024 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,400 m 2,600 hp 2,808 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the fuselage.
  • 1 mm Steel plate behind the engines.
  • Critical components located in the front and wings of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.I (20 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannons, belly-mounted (240 rpg = 960 total)

Defensive armament

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 RPG)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • 4x 20mm cannons can take down any plane in no time (when aimed properly).
  • Good turn time for a heavy fighter.
  • Can take a few hits.
  • Has a defensive turret.


  • Poor acceleration and top speed in level flight.
  • Not the best turning and climbing abilities.
  • Can't carry bombs, only torpedoes.
  • Only has cannons, so the reload time for all the main guns is 40 seconds.
  • Cannons also jam quickly unless upgraded.
  • Cannons are highly inaccurate unless upgraded.


As Britain geared up for war in the late 1930s, it became apparent that the RAF lacked modern fighters, particularly any long range aircraft or night fighters. Bristol had already began work on the Beaufort, itself developed from their earlier Blenheim design, and decided that to develop a long range fighter in as short a time period as possible, it would be quicker to develop an existing design than start a new one. The wings and tail were taken from the Beaufort and, with a new fuselage and two Bristol Hercules engines, the Beaufighter was born.

For use in the maritime theatre, some modifications were designed to patrol coastal areas and escort vessels. The designations of these variants ended with the letter C to indicate that they were used by the Coastal Command. The first modification for Coastal Command appeared in 1940 and had the designation Beaufighter Mk IC; this design included the addition of a maritime radio and navigation equipment. The next model designed for Coastal Command operations was the Mk VIC. After the various interim models had been powered mainly by the Rolls Royce Merlin, the Mk VI returned to the original Bristol Hercules engines. This powerful engine allowed the options of replacing the wing mounted guns with extra fuel tanks for longer range and the addition of bombs or rockets. By the end of 1942, most of the Beaufighter Mk.VICs had been modified to carry torpedoes, and in April 1943 they made their first torpedo attack, sinking two merchant ships off of the Norwegian coast.

A total of 5,928 Beaufighters were built.


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