Canberra B (I) Mk 6

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Canberra B (I) Mk 6
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
25.9 tTake-off weight
6.46 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 192 mCeiling
2 х Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.109Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
860 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
2 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
3 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 1
2 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
3 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 2
5 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 3
5 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 4
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png19 000 / 23 921/14 000 / 17 626/9 500 / 11 960Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
410 % Sl icon.png320 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British jet bomber Canberra B (I) Mk 6. For other variants, see Canberra (Family).


GarageImage Canberra B I Mk 6.jpg

The Canberra B (I) Mk 6 is a rank V British jet bomber with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.45 "Steel Generals".

The Canberra B (I) Mk.6 is an interdiction model of the famous 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 and impressive battery of armament consisting of 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk V cannons. Not only this, but the B (I) Mk.6 has a 2,000 round capacity for these cannons, making it a truly formidable attack aircraft and also allowing for air-to-air combat with other aircraft. Unlike the previous B Mk.2 model, due to the inclusion of a gun pack to house the cannon armament, the B (I) 6 features wing mounted pylons to carry similar ordinance options to the previous model of Canberra. This makes the B (I) one of the most effective and versatile attack aircraft in game due to its ability to switch from conventional bombing, to ground attack and also interception.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 858 832 12 192 26.6 27.4 13.8 11.9 750
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 + -
860 450 520 520 320 ~6 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 590 < 550 < 500 N/A

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

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the fuselage of the aircraft (fuel, pilot, controls)
  • Engines in wings


Offensive armament

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

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

  • 3 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs + 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs + 3 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (3,500 lb total)
  • 5 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 5 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (2,500 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.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair EEMBC No.2 Mark 1
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Cover New 20 mm cannons

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


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 2600 miles to just under 3400 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
Jet Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
  The English Electric Company Limited allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build the Canberra bomber for the United States Air Force.

Britain jet aircraft
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6
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 FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG. Mk1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)