D.520 (Great Britain)
|This page is about the aircraft D.520 (Great Britain) in the British tree. For the version in the French tree, see D.520|
The ▄D.520 is a Rank II gift British fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB), 2.7 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. Unfortunately, this vehicle is currently unavailable to players who want to purchase it due to it being removed from shop.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 400||< 430||< 460||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,000 m||920 hp||976 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
- 8 mm Steel plate behind pilot.
- 3 mm Steel box behind pilot's head.
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
The D.520 (Great Britain) is armed with:
- 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, nose-mounted (60 rpg)
- 4 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, wing-mounted (675 rpg = 2,700 total)
Usage in the battles
The main purpose of the D.520 is the role of an interceptor/fighter. It has no bomb-capacity and thus stands limited to aerial combat. In this respect there are a few things to consider, first and foremost that this is a fighter that does not do great away from a squad. It has mediocre flight characteristics as far as speed, climb and turn is concerned. It is however quite well armoured to compensate for such, meaning that it will stay air-worthy where other aircraft would crash, and instead stands a fighter which is effective in engagements where it has support to rely on. Without such support, it is a very situational plane which can engage certain enemies depending on advantage in altitude, speed, or sometimes even a turning radius. It has a respectable armament of one powerful Hispano 20 mm cannon with a very limited ammunition load (60 rounds), and four 7.5 mm guns with a good deal of ammunition which makes it competitive in realistic battles. It's strong airframe is able to withstand significant wind resistance making it potent in a longer dive. Despite it's limited attributes it handles fairly comfortably and thus can be a real asset to a pilot which employs situational awareness combined with an in depth understanding of the enemy aircraft he will choose to either engage or avoid. It has a potent incendiary tracer round for it's machine guns and the Hispano makes it pack a fairly significant punch despite it's limited cannon ammunition. The D.520 is best considered a heavier single-seat fighter aircraft which can out-endure other enemy squads due to it's armour, but not out-turn, out-run, out-gun many other types of aircraft on it's own rank.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Powerful 20mm cannon
- Good fighter armament
- Plenty of ammo for the machine-guns
- Very incendiary ammunition for its tracer ammunition.
- Fairly good armour
- Neither very manoeuvrable or very fast
- Very little ammo for the 20mm cannon (60 rounds)
- Relatively poor rate of climb
- Very situational aircraft.
- Takes a lot of machine gun rounds to shoot down a enemy plane when you run out of cannon ammo.
Production-standard armament consisted of a 20 mm HS.404, with an ammunition capacity of 60 rounds, firing through the propeller hub, and four belt-fed MAC 1934 M39 7.5 mm (.295 in) machine guns in the wings, each with 675 rounds per gun. The MAC 1934 machine guns had a high rate of fire of 1,200 rounds per minute (rpm), while the effective HS.404 fired at 600 rpm and was accurate up to 500 m (1,600 ft); the ammunition capacity meant that the machine guns could be fired for a total of 30 seconds, while the cannon had 10 seconds worth of ammunition. In combat the MS.406 had only two 7.5 mm and was, therefore, at a disadvantage when the HS.404 had used up its ammunition, while a D.520 could continue to fight effectively because it had four fast-firing machine guns (over 80 rounds/sec), with 20+ seconds of ammunition still available. The D.520 had provisions for two BE33 "illuminating bombs", useful for nocturnal interception missions, but these were seldom used because French fighters rarely flew night-time missions.
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