MC-490

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MC-490
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Description

The Sperimentale CRDA, MC-490 is a rank IV Italian motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull8 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section4
Displacement191 t
Crew38 people

The MC-490 is fairly well-defended for a boat of its size. Although it does not have any armour plating, its internal modules are well-placed to increase survivability. The ammunition storage is located beneath the waterline, making detonation unlikely. One of its fuel tanks is also located below the waterline. With this protection, the MC-490 can survive a good number of hits from low-calibre guns. However, the main calibre rounds fired by destroyers and other large ships will have no difficulty in destroying or at least dealing great damage to this vessel.

With its modest 38-man crew, the Folgore finds itself in a modestly balanced position among its most common contenders. The Folgore often finds itself against the American 89 ft PT-810; the German MZ1; the Soviet Groza and MBK pr.186 and finally the Japanese Type 11. Of these five, the most dangerous were the PT-810 and Type 11 because with their Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (40 mm) automatic cannons they are able to inflict a considerable amount of damage on the MC-490.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB93 / 35 km/h
RB67 / 25 km/h

The propulsion is four diesel engines on four axles with a total power of 10,000 hp that allows for a speed of 65 km/h (35 knots) with a range of 629 miles. The modernisation saw the substitution from the main previous engine type MB511 of 2,500 hp with all new types of engines called MB 518 which provided 3,000 hp for a total power of 12,000 hp, it allowes the boat to reach a speed of 38 knots with a range of 700 miles thanks to the greater quantity of embarked fuel, passed from 22 to 30 tons.

With its remarkable agility it can move the rudder from left to right in 3.5 seconds and once it has reached the maximum speed it can make a U-turn in 20 seconds.

It has a maximum speed of 66 km/h while in reverse it reaches -25 km/h. Compared to other the ships at its battle rating this is one of the slowest ships for reverse speeds, but this does not mean that it is not a good ship. Don't go backwards, go forwards!

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 93 35
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 67 25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 170 → 5 145 Sl icon.png
RB5 020 → 6 194 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications93 800 Rp icon.png
156 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training90 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Cost:
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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450 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
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290 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Cost:
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Smokescreen
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New Pumps
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Cost:
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40 mm HE clips
Research:
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Cost:
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40 mm AP clips
Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate160 shots/min
Vertical guidance-6° / 90°

The two Bofors cannons on the MC-490 are both fully traversable, and have a good traverse rate of 30 degrees per second. They are able to easily destroy any small vessel that the MC-490 may face in battle. If necessary, they can be used against destroyers, if it is not possible to use the MC-490 torpedoes, but this is less effective.

The two Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (40 mm) have a great rate of fire 150 rounds per minute and can easily destroy anything within an 800-meter radius.

One of the cannons is located at the bow of the ship, while the other is located at the stern. This means that it is sometimes not possible to fire both at the same target simultaneously.Engaging broadside eliminates this issue, but of course, makes the MC-490 a larger target for the enemy to hit.

  • Universal: AP-T · HEFI-T
  • 40 mm HE clips: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP clips: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEFI-T
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Universal 80 77 66 57 50 45
40 mm HE clips 80 77 66 57 50 45
40 mm AP clips 80 77 66 57 50 45

Additional armament

Setup 14 x 450 mm steam turbined W.200/450X5,75 torpedo

This vessel's four torpedoes are best used against large, slow, cumbersome targets such as destroyers, minesweepers and barges. They will do significant damage if they hit, a weak spot. Unfortunately these are the slowest (81 km/h) at this battle rating compared with the English (84 km/h) and American (85 km/h). The 4 torpedoes are positioned on the 2 sides of the ship and offer only a non-directable frontal launch.

Torpedo Characteristics
Torpedo Mode Mass (kg) Maximum speed in water (km/h) Travel distance (km) Depth stroke (m) Arming distance (m) Explosive type Explosive mass (kg)
No 930 81 3.00 1 50 TNT 200

Usage in battles

The MC-490 is a light vessel, and like all smaller ships effective in more compact areas of the map, where it is easy to find cover. Using this vessel in open waters, at long range, makes it vulnerable to fire from enemy destroyers, and  provides only a little ability to fight back.

If it is necessary to engage a destroyer, flak barge or someother powerful foe, the MC-490 is equipped with four torpedoes for just this purpose. They are large enough to do significant damage if they hit, but it is often hard to use them effectively. 

The best way to make use of the vessel's torpedoes is to get very close to an enemy ship without them noticing and fire at close range.

Other than torpedoes, the MC-490 is equipped with two 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 cannons,  these are very effective against small boats. Not surprisingly, they do little damage against larger ships, and are best used at closer range.

The ship prefers to do boardside attacks (side attacks), so the Folgore can use all its almighty armament against the enemy. With a very little effort you can also attempt a confrontation with larger ships, such as destroyers, the 40mm can destroy the armament of the enemy ship or cause fires, which disable critical components reducing the enemy combat efficiency.   To ensure the kill  it is recommended  to use torpedoes.

The two 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 guns are super effective against small ships   or any ships that lack armour protection  and with a little effort are capable of shooting down even the largest of aircraft. 

Although the 40 mm Bofors are quite penalized when engaging an aircraft because they have a relatively slow horizontal swing and along with no  anti-aircraft belt..

Pros and cons

Pros:

Cons:

  • Its large size could be disadvantageous in trying to avoid enemy fire.
  • Not too much armour, only 8mm in the hull.
  • No anti-aircraft armament.
  • Loss much speed when turning.
  • Easy target for enemy planes, can be killed easily with 12.7mm guns.

History

Motocannoniera convertibile 490 (MC.490)

The first sea trials revealed a marked tendency to raise the bow, with a consequent loss of speed due to the excessive strain, so that in order to increase the thrust of the aft area, a special "bottazzo" structure was applied in the shipyard, which resulted in an extension of the living structure towards the stern, bringing the overall length of the unit from 37.2 m to 39.4 m.

Later in 1957, in order to dampen the splashes of water generated during navigation at high speed and in slightly rough seas, at the Arsenal of Taranto shipyard located, the bridge was equipped with a plexiglass windshield and at the bow given a splash guard, to prevent the waves from splashing over and preventing the ship from gaining water. The coeval corvette Sentinel, built in the same yard had recorded similar problems.

In 1959 to 1960 ferro guides were added for twelve mines. Despite numerous changes made during the fifties, the unit did not respond in a complete way to the nautical characteristics expected at the time of design and in June 1962 entered the shipyard at the Military Arsenal of Taranto for a radical reconstruction. The transformation works ended at the end of 1963.

The armament in the new configuration saw the replacement of the 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 cannons, with the 40 mm/70 Breda-Bofors, the modification of the ferro guides to allow the embarkation of fourteen bottom mines, equipped with disposable trolleys, instead of twelve, while the original torpedo launchers were not embarked. The armament of the unit could not be defined as completely convertible, since the different operational predisposition did not contemplate the momentary disembarkation of weapons and equipment. A factor which was negatively reflected in this phase of use, with the displacement and encumbrance of the bridge. The configuration of the torpedo boat did not contemplate the embarkation of bottom mines, while in the configuration of the torpedo boat and minelayer torpedoes were not embarked.

Motocannoniera convertibile 490 (MC.490)

The unit, which returned to service in 1964, was renamed Folgore on September 1, 1965, when the Navy abandoned the custom of indicating torpedo boats with an alphanumeric code and assigned a name to each unit of this type.

The vessel, assigned to COMOS, the motor gunboat section of the III Naval Division, was decommissioned on October 1st, 1976 and the ship was decommissioned on October 15th. The initials P-490 were assigned to the patrol boat Comandante Cigala Fulgosi of the Comandanti class.

Name and armament changes:

  • In 1954 was called Motocannoniera convertibile 490 (MC.490) (ENG trans. Convertible Motor Gunboat 490)
  • In 1965 was called Pattugliatore 490 (P-490) (ENG trans. Patrol boat 490)

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Italy boats
Motor torpedo boats  MC-490 · Freccia P-493 · MAS 555 · MAS 561 · MAS 569
  MS-15 · MS-53 · MS-472 · Stefano Turr · VAS 201 · GIS 811
Motor gun boats  MS-473 · MV-611 · Sparviero
Motor torpedo gun boats  Saetta P-494