Brigand B 1
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Brigand B 1 is a rank III British light bomber with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 4.0 (RB), and 4.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".
This plane is an effective bomber hunter and ground attack aircraft. If there are no bombers for you to hunt, switch to attacking fighters using the altitude advantage given by the bomber spawn. 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.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 360||< 390||< 390||> 327|
|Engine Name||Number present|
|Bristol Centaurus 57 18-cylinder||2|
|Engine power (Stock)|
|Arcade||1,853 hp||2,273 hp|
|Realistic/Simulator||1,830 hp||2,250 hp|
|Engine power (Upgraded)|
|Arcade||2,428 hp||2,848 hp|
|Realistic/Simulator||2,100 hp||2,520 hp|
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.
Modifications and economy
The Brigand B 1 is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
The Brigand B 1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:
- Without load
- 16 x RP-3 rockets
- 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 4 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
Custom loadout options
|500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs||1||2||1|
|1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs||2|
| Maximum permissible loadout weight: 1,690 kg|
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 500 kg
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 fighters, before ground targets when it is safe to do so. When diving, use your airbrakes to be sure not to exceed your maximum speed of 680kph in a dive. Exceeding 550kph, sustaining a flick roll and other sharp acrobatics may break your wings.
How to offensively engage an enemy aircraft:
While it is tempting because of the Brigand's strong armament, avoid fully committing to head ons where possible, as the Brigand has a sluggish control response which will impede your ability to dodge and you will almost certainly receive some damage if you do not break off quickly after firing. When engaging bomber targets, avoid sitting on their tail as the Brigand is a large target for their tail gunners - make a high speed pass, disengage, and assess the enemy bomber for another attack if necessary. Be wary dogfighting fighters, as while the Brigand is quite capable at turning, its ability to retain and generate energy is below most fighters, and firing solutions can be difficult to capitalise on due to its unwieldy controls. In a long fight or at a numerical disadvantage this can easily become your downfall.
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 and rudder. Flick rolls are a near-necessity in the Brigand to quickly rotate the aircraft and will be a crucial asset to dodge guns. Avoid going up when defensive, as you will quickly find yourself low on energy and vulnerable. The Brigand is a large target, so you must maintain situational awareness to be able to dodge incoming shots, else you will almost certainly be hit.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Pros and cons
- Great armament of four nose-mounted Hispano V cannons
- Bomber spawn (AB and RB)
- Decently manoeuvrable for an aircraft of its size, especially with combat flaps, capable of out-turning fighters like the Bf 109 and P-51 at some speeds
- 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
- 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 its predecessor and its performance suffered in suit. Originally conceived as a fast torpedo attacker, the Brigand turned out to be a heavy strike bomber, and only the first eleven airframes were ever torpedo capable.
The Brigand B.1 as seen in-game would first see service with No. 84 and No. 8 Sqn RAF in Aden, modern-day Yemen. While not seeing action, the hot, dry climate of the Arabian peninsula was ideal for the Brigand and production continued. The Brigand would next be handed over to 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. 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.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the aircraft;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
|Bristol Aeroplane Company|
|Strike Aircraft||Beaufighter Mk I (40-mm) · 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.|
|Torpedo||Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II|
|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|