Beaufighter Mk X
|This page is about the British twin-engine fighter Beaufighter Mk X. For other uses, see Beaufighter (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in the battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 Read also
- 8 Sources
The Beaufighter Mk X is a rank III British strike and twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). This twin-engine fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 300||< 300||< 350||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,000 m||1,800 hp||1,944 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 25 mm Steel - Armored nose plate
- 1 mm Steel - Forward engine nacelle armour plates
- 25 mm Steel - Rear aircraft/gunner protection armour plate
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
The Beaufighter Mk X is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, belly-mounted (240 rpg = 1,132 total)
- 6 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 6,000 total)
The Beaufighter Mk X can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 1 x 1,548 lb 18 inch Mark XII torpedo
- 8 x RP-3 rockets
The Beaufighter Mk X is defended by:
- 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 RPG)
Usage in the battles
Just like the Mk.6c version of the Beaufighter, you can use this aircraft in a variety of roles. Heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, and attacker are all still viable strategies for this aircraft. The big difference is in how effective you are at these roles. In the ground attack role, you see a large improvement in capabilities. This is mainly done to the additional ability to carry rockets for ground attack, and the increase in 20 mm cannon ammo. Torpedo bomber tactics should be avoided, however. With the torpedo on offer still being very poor in terms of drop requirements, surviving against incoming flak will be a real challenge. Heavy fighter tactics can be used once again, but with a few changes. Compared to the Mk.6c, you pack a much bigger punch with your weaponry. Unfortunately, this adds weight to the air-frame. Thanks to the extra weight, climb rate, manoeuvrability, and speed will all suffer. In short, you will find it harder to find and catch targets, but you can shoot them down more easily. Overall, stick to relatively low altitude. Go after ground targets whenever you see the opportunity and attack any bombers operating at low altitude the second they show up. In order to ensure effectiveness in this role, ground target or universal ammo belts should be used with the 20 mm cannons. The same applies to your 7.7 mm machine guns ammo belts; armoured or universal should be used. With a good flight escort, you can take give your opponents a lot of trouble attacking their ground units, ultimately helping to secure victory for your team.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm||Offensive 20 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs||New 20 mm Cannons|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Turret 7 mm||Mk.II year 1942||TSC mk.2|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 7 mm MGs (turret)||Mk.II year 1943||RSC mk.II|
Pros and cons
- Excellent armament consisting of four Hispano Mk 2 cannons and six 7.7 mm machine guns
- Very likely to come out on top during a head-on attack
- Can actually intercept bombers, provided they are flying low
- Center-lined cannon armament makes them much more accurate
- Good horizontal agility
- Very good ammo load, especially helpful during RB and SB
- Mediocre climb rate, stay in low altitudes
- Machine guns' accuracy suffers from wing mounting (-> convergence)
- Bad roll rate on high speeds
- Less manoeuvrable than the Mk 6
- Gunner is almost useless due to only having a single machine gun for defensive armament
- Cannot carry any bombs, which makes it harder to destroy pillboxes and heavier tanks
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"A design rapidly born from the wings and tail of the earlier Beaufort, the Beaufighter was a two seat, twin engine heavy fighter designed for long range, ground strike and night fighter duties. Equipped with an early AI radar, the Beaufighter was one of the world’s first successful night fighters.
Most of the last mass-produced aircraft in Britain were Beaufighter TF Mk Xs. This model was a logical continuation and development of the Mk VIC, had two Hercules Mk VI engines optimised for low level flight, and could carry the standard torpedoes produced in Britain and the United States. The TF letters in the designation stood for “Torpedo Fighter”. The aircraft could also carry a bomb load of 1100 kg, and with the help of an AI Mk.VIII radar installed in a ‘thimble’ nose, they were highly capable machines employed in detecting and destroying surface shipping. In the Far East the Beaufighter was reputed to be nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ by Japanese soldiers, although some modern historians believe this to be Allied propaganda.
In March 1945, over a period of 48 hours, Beaufighter TF Mk Xs of No 236 and No 254 Squadrons found and destroyed five German submarines.
The last major variant of the Beaufighter, over 2200 were built in Britain."
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