Brigand B 1

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Brigand B 1
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
17.69 tTake-off weight
6.46 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10300 mCeiling
2 х Bristol Centaurus 57Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
680 km/hStructural
342 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 2
8 x RP-3 rockets
8 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 3
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
8 x RP-3 rockets
8 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 4
63000 Rp icon.pngResearch
240000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8610 / 10805/7580 / 9512/2500 / 3137Repair
68000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1100 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
310 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage BrigandB1.jpg

The Brigand B 1 is a rank IV British light bomber with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB) and 4.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".

This plane is a pure bomber hunter and ground attack aircraft. If there are no bombers for you to hunt, switch to heading on fighters. Should you survive to late match and find that the tickets will decide the match then you may load up air to ground weapons, but not before that.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 552 540 10300 27.2 28.0 11.0 11.0 600
Upgraded 613 580 24.9 26.0 19.8 14.7


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 + -
680 342 450 450 270 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 390 < 390 > 327

Engine performance

Engine Name Number present
Bristol Centaurus 57 18-cylinder 2
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
1,220 kg Radial Air
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,853 hp 2,273 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,830 hp 2,250 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 2,428 hp 2,848 hp
Realistic/Simulator 2,100 hp 2,520 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in the fuselage.


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Brigand B 1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

The Brigand B 1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 16 x RP-3 rockets
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs + 16 x RP-3 rockets (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

In AB and RB, you should immediately bomber hunt, as those will be your easiest kills, combined with your bomber altitude, you should stay high until you run out of targets to engage then you should go for injured fighters and ground targets. When diving, use your airbrakes to be sure not to exceed your maximum speed in a dive.

How to offensively Engage an enemy aircraft:
The first thing you should do is head on. Your four Hispano guns will completely obliterate any aircraft from the front with a 3-second burst. In your head on you should open fire as far out as you feel comfortable, then turn out immediately after you hit him, as you don't want him to change direction until after your volley hits home.

How to perform defensive fighting:
Should an enemy get on your six, your best bet is to bolt towards allied fighters/airfield and give the enemy a hard time aiming at you. While moving in the same general direction, dart your nose around and play with the roll, rudder and rise, if you are lucky he'll either overshoot, run out of ammo, or get shot down. Under no circumstance should you ever turn fight anything smaller than a medium bomber, otherwise you will bleed off your speed or the attacker will out turn you and acquire a firing solution.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 20 mm HMBC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe HLBC mk.2
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV Engine injection Cover HRC mk.8

Pros and cons


  • Great armament of four nose-mounted Hispano V's
  • Bomber spawn (AB and RB)
  • Decently manoeuvrable for an aircraft of its size, especially with combat flaps
  • Plenty of ammo
  • Good attack payloads of 2,000 lbs or 16 RP-3 Rockets, even mixed
  • Very good cockpit visibility
  • Heavy armour on the nose of aircraft for head-ons
  • Good diver
  • Air brakes that provide lift upon usage


  • Generally slow
  • Average climb rate
  • Massive target
  • No defensive gunners on the aircraft
  • Air brakes lack performance under 600 km/h
  • Early bomb modifications are mounted far on the wings, making them hard to aim
  • Bad roll rate
  • Poor performance at high altitude


Designed to replace the famous Bristol Beaufighter series, The Bristol Type 164 "Brigand" was based on the already in production Bristol Buckingham, a transport/liaison aircraft intended to have been a medium bomber like the Wellington. Because of this, the Brigand was substantially larger than it's predecessor and its performance suffered in suite. Originally conceived as a fast torpedo attacker, the Brigand turned out to be a heavy strike bomber, and only the first eleven airframes were never torpedo capable.

The Brigand B.1 as we see in-game would first see service with No. 84 and No. 8 Sqn RAF in Aden, modern-day Yemen. while not seeing action, the dry hot Climate of the Arabian peninsula was ideal for the Brigand and production continued. The Brigand would next be handed over to the Beaufighter squadron No. 45 based out of Tengah, Singapore in engaging Communist Guerillas in and around Malaya (Modern day Malaysia). It was here where the Brigand would receive its trial of fire, bombing and rocketing swathes of the South-East Asian Jungles on the hunt for this red menace (sound familiar?). However, the Humid climate and constant stress from Dive bombing would be the death sentence for this aircraft. The Leather and Rubber seals used on the hydraulic jacks of the landing gear and dive brakes rotted away, causing gear failures and some dive brakes failing, leading to crashes and wing tearing. This combined with the Brigand's wings being unable to cope with the constant dive-bombing led to it being withdrawn from service in Malaya by 1952, and from Aden by 1954.



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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 bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Attackers  ▄Wirraway