Re.2001 CN

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This page is about the Italian fighter Re.2001 CN. For other versions, see Re.2001 (Family).
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Re.2001 CN
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4.3 3.3 2.7
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Description

The Re.2001 CN is a rank III Italian fighter with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB), 3.3 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic". It provides a notable upgrade over the previous models with the inclusion of two MG 151/20 (20 mm) cannons mounted in the wings in place of the underwhelming 7.7 mm Breda-SAFATs.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 450 m521 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EngineAlfa Romeo R.A.1000 RC.41
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

The Re.2001 CN "Falco II" provides an overall smooth flying experience, with a competitive turn rate, solid all-altitude performance, good elevator authority, and moderate climb rate. Its engine, the R.A.1000, is basically a more powerful and reliable DB 601. However, the Falco II is plagued by several critical weaknesses. Its speed is quite lacking when compared to contemporary fighters like the Bf 109, Spitfire, and most American fighters you will encounter. It also has a relatively weak airframe and large fuel tanks which can be hit easily. The cooling system is wing-mounted and if damaged can reduce the effectiveness or even outright prevent the water-cooled inline engine from working properly.

In short, the Re.2001 CN is a plane which requires an able and smart pilot in order to make the most out of it, but when used correctly, it can be a fearful machine.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,450 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 501 484 11000 19.9 20.5 12.3 12.3 165
Upgraded 543 521 18.1 19.0 19.8 15.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 320 455 420 250 ~13 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 420 > 312

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural740 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 8 mm Steel - Armoured plate behind the pilot
  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
  • Fuel tank in the fuselage behind the pilot

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 000 → 2 546 Sl icon.png
RB1 900 → 2 418 Sl icon.png
SB3 730 → 4 748 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications25 100 Rp icon.png
59 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training32 000 Sl icon.png
Experts110 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 110 / 160 % Sl icon.png
142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
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180 Ge icon.png
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Cost:
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240 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
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Cover
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GP250
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The stock Breda-SAFAT belts are very poor, containing mostly ball ammunition which causes little damage. It is recommended to upgrade those quickly. The upgraded belts for the Bredas themselves are quite good, but the potential damage is limited by the low muzzle velocity and poor ballistics beyond 300 m. The most important modules are Engine Injection, 20 mm belts/cannons, Engine, Compressor, Wing Repair then the survivability modules to help remedy the weak airframe.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Ammunition700 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min

The Re.2001 CN is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 11 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Main article: GP 250 (250 kg)

The Re.2001 CN can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb (250 kg total)

Usage in battles

The Re.2001 is a very manoeuvrable plane with decent performance at all altitudes. The great MG 151s (with access to devastating Minengeschoß rounds through the Air Targets belt), respectable climb rate, and good high altitude performance allow it to be an effective interceptor. With its ability to mount a single 250 kg bomb, it can also be a fighter bomber that can drop its payload and then join the furball as a regular fighter.

Generally speaking, the Breda-SAFATs have very poor ballistics from farther than 300 m, even with Air Targets belts. To make effective use of the Breda-SAFATs, they can be used as 'spotting guns' to line up shots with your MG 151s. This is critical as using as little 20 mm rounds as possible to destroy a plane is very important due to the low ammo count of only 60 rounds per gun. Ammo conservation of the MG 151 is critical, especially in RB/SB.

Spitfires, Yaks, and A6M Zeroes are the kings of dogfighting below 3,000 m. If one attempts to fight you above 4,000 m, it is recommended to either make use their low speed at altitude to Boom-&-Zoom them or try to take a risk and turnfight them. The main reason the Re.2001 CN can turn fight with Spitfires and Yaks is due to its already good manoeuvrability made better by its combat flaps and decent rudder. A6M Zeroes will be able to outmanoeuvre the Re.2001 CN. The most common fighters of these types you will encounter are the Spitfire Mk Ia and Mk IIa, Yak-1, Yak-7B, early Yak-9s and early A6M Zeroes. Keep in mind that damaged control surfaces and engine and cooling modules will reduce the agility of the Falco II and its ability to outmanoeuvre enemies.

The Re.2001 CN can be used quite effectively in ground attack. Its 250 kg bomb has a decent destruction radius due to its explosive mass and the aircraft's manoeuvrability can allow it to bomb very accurately. The 20 mm MG 151s can do a lot of damage to light targets, either by AP rounds punching through thin roof armor, or by HE rounds detonating on and around exposed crew members and ammo racks. During night missions, the Re.2001 CN's nearly all black night camouflage can assist in keeping the aircraft hidden from enemy fighters and SPAAs.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Solid all-altitude performance
  • Solid high-speed manoeuvrability
  • Good turn rate
  • Good energy retention
  • Respectable climb rate
  • Responsive elevator
  • Decent roll rate at intermediate speeds
  • 50 mm bulletproof glass
  • Small target
  • Twin 20 mm MG 151s with access to Minengeschoß rounds
  • Can mount a 250 kg bomb for ground attack
  • Can remain competitive when up-tiered

Cons:

  • Slow speed; can be outrun by many fighters at its BR
  • Weak airframe
  • Large fuel tanks can get hit easily
  • Cooling systems are wing-mounted and unarmored, leaving them vulnerable to damage
  • Engine overheats quickly
  • 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns have a slow fire rate and lose effectiveness past 300 m
  • Cannons are mounted in the wings, resulting in significant convergence.
  • Limited 20 mm ammunition count (60 rpg)

History

The Reggiane Re.2001 was designed to be a replacement for the failed Re.2000, and did away with the weak Piaggio P.IX radial, in favour of a new, more powerful R.A.1000RC.41-1a Inline (which was a fiat built, more powerful and reliable DB 601A, the same engine used in the early BF 109s). Other than the engine and shape of the nose, there were no real notable changes between the Falco I and Falco II. The Falco II retained a fairly similar fuselage and even kept the entire tail unit. While considered to be equal to the Macchi MC.202, the MC.202 had the first call on the R.A.1000, and the Re.2001 was delayed by several design changes the Italian army insisted on, giving the MC.202 almost a full year head-start on its rival, leading to more Macchi fighters being produced than Reggiane fighters.

Despite its late introduction and production issues, it received a mostly positive reception from the Italian pilots, as it was proven to be a thorn in the side of Spitfire and Hurricane pilots. Jack Rae, the best New Zealand Spitfire pilot, exclaimed that the Re.2001 he encountered was a surprisingly dangerous opponent, saying that he almost "spun off" twice while trying to pursue him and found it hard to get an excellent shot on the Italian plane.

The CN variant was a Night Fighter and Fighter Bomber able to mount an optional payload of 640 kg and fitted with two Mauser MG 151/20 in gondolas under the wings and was primarily used in defence of Italian cities.

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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.

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Reggiane Mechanical Factory (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane SpA)
Fighters  Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A.
  Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
  Re.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Export  J20

Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7
  G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1
  Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
  Re.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Macchi  C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7
  C. 202 · C. 202D · C. 202EC
  C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2
  Foreign:
Germany  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
Romania  He 112 B-1/U2 · IAR-81C