Beaufighter Mk X

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Beaufighter Mk X
beaufighter_mkx.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.7/3.7/3.7BR
2 peopleCrew
7.9 tEmpty weight
10.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
4 575 mCeiling
sec31.7/31.7/28.5Turn Time
161 km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Hercules XVIIEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
676 km/hStructural
242 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannonWeapon 1
1 132 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
6 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
6 000 roundsAmmunition
1 001 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
8 х RP-3 rocketsSetup 2
Economy
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 280 / 1 670/1 836 / 2 395/1 160 / 1 513Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Beaufighter Mk X. For other uses, see Beaufighter (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage Beaufighter Mk X.jpg


The Beaufighter Mk X is a Rank III British strike and twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
464 452 4,575 30.3 31.0 5.4 7.0 443
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 4,575  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 43

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
523 450  ??? ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 300 < 300 < 350 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
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 armor plates
  • 25 mm Steel - Rear aircraft/gunner protection armor plate
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen

Armaments

Offensive armament

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)

Suspended armament

      Main article: Rockets, Torpedoes

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

Defensive armament

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 capability's. This is mainly do 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, maneuverability, 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

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Mediocre climb rate, stay in low altitudes
  • Machine guns' accuracy suffers from wing mounting (-> convergence)
  • Bad roll rate on high speeds
  • Less maneuverable 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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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
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