Beaufighter Mk VIc

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Beaufighter Mk VIc
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
10.9 tTake-off weight
5.17 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 100 mCeiling
2 х Bristol Hercules VIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
676 km/hStructural
242 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 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 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 1
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 630 / 2 061/2 090 / 2 643/680 / 860Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
200 % Sl icon.png240 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British twin-engine fighter Beaufighter Mk VIc. For other versions, see Beaufighter Mk X and Beaufighter Mk 21.


GarageImage Beaufighter Mk VIc.jpg

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). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The Beaufighter Mk VI is one of the best early-tier heavy fighters. When its engines and survivability are fully upgraded, it is truly a bomber killer to behold, capable of bringing down any rank 1, 2 or 3 planes with ease. Unfortunately, there are several drawbacks to the amazing power of the 4 x 20 mm Hispano 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 500 km/h (310 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 sniping if you are accurate enough.

General info

Flight performance

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is very stable because of its large size and 2 engines. It has a considerable amount of speed considering its size, and is rather manoeuvrable if you use the flaps correctly and do not stall. Stalling is a rather large issue in this plane because of its ok climb rate, an enemy fighter will often out turn you and once it's behind you, you can only rely on your gunner.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 516 498 8 100 24.8 25.7 7.3 7.3 371
Upgraded 558 536 22.7 23.7 14.4 10.5


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 + -
676 242 440 242 216 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 330 < 390 < 410 > 310
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,447 m 1,400 hp 1,568 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,310 m 1,300 hp 1,456 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.


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.I (20 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

The Beaufighter Mk VIc can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 450 mm 18 inch Mark XII torpedo

Defensive armament

Main article: Vickers K (7.7 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

Beaufighter Mk VIc is a heavy fighter with inadequate speed at level flight and poor acceleration. It's big and an easy prey for nimble and fast energy fighters that will likely make passes on it, having only a Vickers K (7.7 mm) as its defensive weaponry with limited field of view from side to side but an excellent view if an enemy engage from high altitude. The Beaufighter has an adequate climb rate for a heavy fighter and can engage bombers with some ease.

It's a heavy fighter that does not lack in firepower, equipped with four 20 mm Hispano Mk.I (20 mm), its only problem is that the cannons are prone to jamming quickly. Without upgraded cannons, the accuracy of the weaponry is inadequate, but they can be used to devastating effect when the shells do connect.

Enemies to be aware of are nimble fighters like Bf 109s and Yak-9s which are nimble and fast fighters to engage the Beaufighter Mk VIc.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) TSC mk.II
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • 4 x 20 mm 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


In-game description

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.


See also

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Bristol Aeroplane Company
Fighters  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21*
Bombers  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII* · Brigand B 1
  * License-produced in Australia by Department of Aircraft Production.

Britain strike and twin-engine fighters
Single-engined  Hurricane Mk IV · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) · ▄Hellcat Mk II
Beaufighter  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21
Naval  Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V · Firebrand TF Mk IV
Mosquito  Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Whirlwind  Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
  Hornet Mk.III