Canberra B (I) Mk 6

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This page is about the British jet bomber Canberra B (I) Mk 6. For other versions, see Canberra (Family).
Canberra B (I) Mk 6
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The Canberra B Mk 6 was the second production run of the English Electric Canberra, improving over the original Mk 2 with more powerful engines, fuel tanks in the wings, and a slightly lengthened fuselage. An interdictor variant known as the Canberra B (I) Mk 6 was also created as an interim prior to introduction of the more dedicated Mk 8, featuring a detachable ventrally mounted gun pod enclosing four 20 mm Hispano cannons, two wing hardpoints to make up for the partially occupied bomb bay, and provision for a toss bombing system allowing the use of nuclear weapons. Entering service in 1955, the Canberra B (I) Mk 6 was soon withdrawn from Bomber Command operations in 1961, but maintained operational readiness in the nuclear delivery role until 1972.

Introduced in Update 1.45 "Steel Generals", the Canberra B (I) Mk 6 is an interdiction model of the famous Canberra bomber, thus it is more suited for aggressive ground attack/interdiction roles by comparison to the B Mk.2 or B-57A models. Much like the B-57B, it retains its bomb carrying capabilities, but also features an impressive battery of armament consisting of four 20 mm Hispano Mk V cannons, each with a 500-round capacity, making it a truly formidable attack aircraft and also allowing for air-to-air combat with other aircraft. The Canberra is surprisingly agile for its size, allowing it to catch opposing aircraft off-guard; coupled with its bomber spawn, it can be highly effective in intercepting other jet bombers or dropping in on unsuspecting fighters from behind enemy lines.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 3 000 m880 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude12 192 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.109
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight26 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 858 830 12192 26.6 27.4 13.8 11.8 750
Upgraded 894 880 25.5 26.0 26.9 20.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
990 450 - - 320 ~6 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 590 < 550 < 500 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.109 2 10,300 kg 194 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 18m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 62m fuel
800 kg Axial-flow turbojet 12,363 kg 12,586 kg 13,699 kg 15,368 kg 17,260 kg 25,865 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 18m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 62m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,300 kgf N/A 0.53 0.52 0.48 0.43 0.38 0.26
Optimal 3,300 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.53 0.52 0.48 0.43 0.38 0.26

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the fuselage of the aircraft (fuel, pilot, controls)
  • Engines in wings

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 800 → 3 785 Sl icon.png
RB11 319 → 15 303 Sl icon.png
SB16 770 → 22 673 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications101 200 Rp icon.png
162 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training98 000 Sl icon.png
Experts340 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 310 / 600 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
13 000 Rp icon.png
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440 Ge icon.png
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EEMBC No.2 Mark 1
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Offensive armament

Ammunition2 000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Canberra B (I) Mk 6 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, belly-mounted (500 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (4)
Setup 12 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bomb
3 x 1000 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.13 bomb
Setup 22 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
3 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bomb
Setup 35 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
Setup 45 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bomb

The Canberra B (I) Mk 6 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 5 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 3 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bombs + 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs (3,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bombs + 3 x 1,000 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.13 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 5 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs (5,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The Canberra B (I) Mk 6 can be played a few different ways. You can bomb the bombing targets as a bomber, but then you can use the plane to its full potential as a heavy fighter. The Canberra rolls decently when slow, but when you start to turn, the elevator will pull and the plane has a decent turning circle for its size. The 4 x Hispano Mk.V cannons are decently easy to aim as they are mounted on the underbelly of the aircraft. You have 2,000 rounds of ammunition which can easily deal with multiple targets with plenty of ammo to spare. The best way to play this aircraft is Boom and Zooming, where you dive on a target and have a gun run on them and after the run is over pulling off and going back up using your speed for altitude. The aircraft gets a bomber spawn which will spawn you at a high altitude and decent speed at the start of the match.

Pros and cons


  • High-speed attack aircraft
  • High cannon ammo capacity
  • Large bomb-carrying capabilities
  • Good agility


  • No defensive armament
  • Large surface area
  • High speed makes it hard to bomb smaller targets such as tanks
  • Loss of one 1,000 lb bomb compared to previous model Canberra B Mk 2


Archive of the in-game description

After the runaway success of the first English Electric Canberra variants, further development was an inevitability. A single Canberra B Mk.5 was constructed as a test bed of marrying the airframe with the new, more powerful Rolls-Royce Avon RA7 jet engines with a lengthened fuselage leading to a greater fuel capacity. Trials proved to be successful and the resulting Canberra B Mk.6 entered service with the RAF in 1954.

The B Mk.6 was some 10 mph faster and also saw a range increase from approximately 2,600 miles to just under 3,400 miles, significantly improving flexibility of operations for RAF Bomber Command.

The B Mk.6 also spawned the development of the interim B(I) Mk.6, which added a ventral pack containing four 20 mm Hispano cannon and an additional two hard points on the wings for external stores. It also included the Low Altitude Bombing System for the release of nuclear weapons in a climb from low altitude.

The Canberra saw service with both the RAF, RNZAF and RAAF during the Malayan Emergency. RAF Canberra B Mk.6's also served alongside the earlier B Mk.2 and Photographic Reconnaissance variants during the Suez Crisis in 1956.

Whilst the Canberra was phased out of service as an RAF front line bomber in the early 1960s it continued to be used for a staggering 50 years in other roles, particularly photographic reconnaissance, and even flew operationally in the 1991 Gulf War. It finally retired from service with the RAF in June 2006. The Canberra saw great success across a number of variants and was exporting to many countries such as Australia, the United States, France, India, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, West Germany, Venezuela, Sweden, South Africa, Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, Peru, Ecuador and Ethiopia.



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The English Electric Company Limited
Jet Fighters  Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53
Jet Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Tanks  Excelsior
  The English Electric Company allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build Canberra bombers for the United States Air Force.

Britain jet aircraft
Blackburn  Buccaneer S.1 · Buccaneer S.2 · Buccaneer S.2B
British Aerospace  Harrier GR.7 · Sea Harrier FRS.1 (e) · Sea Harrier FRS.1
British Aircraft Corporation  Strikemaster Mk.88
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire F.B.5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Harrier GR.1 · Harrier GR.3
Panavia  Tornado GR.1 · Tornado F.3
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1 · Jaguar GR.1A · Jaguar IS
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG.1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA) · F-4J(UK) Phantom II (USA)
  JAS39C (Sweden)