M.S.406C1

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M.S.406C1
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GarageImage MS406C1.jpg
M.S.406C1
AB RB SB
2.0 2.0 2.0
Class:
Research:7 900 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:10 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The M.S.406C1 is a rank II French fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The MS.406C1 is a good general fighter for newer players (though, experienced pilots should not discount this aircraft). This aircraft has a good climb-rate, is maneuverable and retains energy allowing for repeated dive and climb situations. This aircraft performs its fighter role, but with having a Hispano 404 cannon installed, it can also take on the role of a bomber-hunter or soft-ground target attacker.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 000 m483 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude10 000 m
EngineHispano-Suiza 12Y-31
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 465 453 10000 21.0 21.8 9.8 9.8 300
Upgraded 502 483 19.1 20.0 15.4 12.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
756 320 N/A N/A 270 ~13 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 310 < 320 < 330 > 330

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural756 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB610 → 772 Sl icon.png
RB1 800 → 2 278 Sl icon.png
SB2 100 → 2 658 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 930 Rp icon.png
9 390 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces130 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 130 / 190 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
460 Rp icon.png
Cost:
630 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
460 Rp icon.png
Cost:
630 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
750 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
750 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
7_5mm_belt_pack
Research:
460 Rp icon.png
Cost:
630 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
mac39_new_gun
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
hispano_belt_pack
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
hispano_404_new_gun
Research:
750 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 120 mm Hispano 404 cannon
Ammunition60 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Weapon 22 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun
Ammunition600 rounds
Fire rate1 350 shots/min

The M.S.406C1 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, nose-mounted (60 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

The Hispano 404 is nose-mounted, firing out of the prop spinner while the two MAC 1934 are wing-mounted. If fired at the same time, the cannon will run out of ammunition before the machine guns will.

Usage in battles

The MS.406C1 retains its energy well and is best utilized for energy fighting or Boom & Zoom situations. This aircraft can be used for head-on attacks using its cannon, however, be careful as the MS.406C1 does not have any armour protection. It will be best to get a few bursts off at range and then manoeuvre out of the head-on. When using this aircraft in a bomber-hunter role, it is best to avoid flying towards the rear or sides of this aircraft as typically this is where most of the bomber's defensive weapons are pointed. It is best to come at the front of the bomber from either below or from above (make sure you have energy as if you are near stall speed, you will be an easy target for gunners) and make strafing shots and wait until you are out of gunner range to turn and attempt a second pass.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Retains energy well
  • 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon
  • Decent turn time, can almost catch its smoke trail without flaps
  • Small target

Cons:

  • Low ammo for both MG and cannon
  • Controls lock up in high-speed dives above 480 kph (300 mph)
  • Only two flap positions, up and landing
  • Prone to catching fire
  • Difficult to do severe damage when autocannon is out of ammunition or reloading

History

The first modern fighter of WW2 France, and their most famous combat plane. A first-class aircraft, it was only inferior in performance in French pre-war service to the D.520. A total of 1,081 were built, more than any other French plane except the Potez 63. The prototype (the in-game M.S. 405) first flew in August 1935, becoming the first French fighter to break the 400 km/h limit. In 1937, it was advertised at the Brussels Air Show as "the best fighter plane in the world." The fourth prototype would be taken into production as the M.S. 406, with 600 aircraft in 12 units at the start of the war, having been taken into operational service in December 1938. During the war, the M.S. 406 proved a fair match for the German Bf. 109: 150 M.S. 406s were shot down in the Battle for France, against 191 confirmed and 89 probable kills by the same make of aircraft. Another hundred were destroyed on the ground. Finland also purchased 40 before the war.

Notable pilots

  • French ace pilot René Challe's first confirmed kill happened while flying a M.S.406 for the French Air Force.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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.

External links


Morane-Saulnier Aeroplanes (Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier)
Fighters  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Export  Mörkö-Morane

France fighters
Dewoitine  D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520
Morane-Saulnier  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Arsenal  V.G.33C-1
Bloch  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
Sud-Ouest  S.O.8000 Narval
American  H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22 RE · ▄P-63C-5 · ▄F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5N · F4U-7 · ▄F8F-1B
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900