Beaufighter Mk X

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This page is about the British strike aircraft Beaufighter Mk X. For other versions, see Beaufighter (Family).
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Beaufighter Mk X
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Description

The Beaufighter Mk X is a rank II British strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/SB) and 3.3 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 600 m490 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude4 575 m
Engine2 х Bristol Hercules XVII
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 468 450 4575 29.8 30.8 6.6 6.6 443
Upgraded 517 490 27.3 28.5 14.5 10.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
676 242 354 242 216 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 330 < 390 < 410 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
460 m 1,395 hp 1,743 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,651 m 1,300 hp 1,547 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural676 km/h
Gear242 km/h
  • 25 mm Steel - Armoured nose plate
  • 1 mm Steel - Forward engine nacelle armour plates
  • 25 mm Steel - Rear aircraft/gunner protection armour plate
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 460 → 1 908 Sl icon.png
RB3 700 → 4 835 Sl icon.png
SB3 680 → 4 809 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications13 830 Rp icon.png
32 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost860 Ge icon.png
Crew training16 000 Sl icon.png
Experts55 000 Sl icon.png
Aces320 Ge icon.png
Research Aces250 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 290 / 420 % Sl icon.png
130 / 130 / 130 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
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Cost:
2 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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hispano_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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bmg303_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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hispano_mk2_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Mk.II year 1942
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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TSC mk.II
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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vikkersK_turret_new_gun
Research:
900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Mk.II year 1943
Research:
900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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RSC mk.II
Research:
900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition1 132 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition6 000 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min

The Beaufighter Mk X is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, belly-mounted (283 rpg = 1,132 total)
  • 6 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (2 x left, 4 x right) (1,000 rpg = 6,000 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 11 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)
(ammunition: 0 rounds)
Setup 28 x RP-3 rockets

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

  • Without load
  • 1 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Defensive armament

Turret7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate950 shots/min
Main article: Vickers K (7.7 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk X is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

Just like the Mk VIc version of the Beaufighter, you can use this aircraft in a variety of roles. Heavy fighter, torpedo bomber, and attacker are all still viable roles 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 due 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 VIc, you pack a much bigger punch with your weaponry. Unfortunately, this adds weight to the airframe. 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

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent armament consisting of four Hispano Mk II 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 manoeuvrable than the Mk VI
  • 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

History

In-game description

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.

Media

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 aircraft
Blackburn  Firebrand TF Mk IV · Firecrest
Bristol  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21
CAC  ▄Wirraway
Fairey  Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V
de Havilland  Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Hawker  Hurricane Mk IV · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Westland  Wyvern S4