Re.2002 Early

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Re.2002 Early
AB RB SB
2.3 2.3 2.3
Class:
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Description

The Re.2002 Early is a rank II Italian fighter with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 500 m530 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EnginePiaggio P.XIX. R.C. 45
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t

While the Re.2002 looks like a modernized variant of the Re.2000 (and is, in fact, a design derived from the Re.2000), one must never forget the Re.2002 was designed to be a fighter bomber, not a pure-bred fighter. It does have a more powerful engine, but its overall weight is noticeably higher. Combined with rather bad climb rate and mediocre maneuverability, the Re.2002 is really an attacker disguised as a fighter. It is thus recommended to treat it like a single-seat attacker and use the corresponding play style.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 511 496 11000 20.0 20.7 10.0 10.0 150
Upgraded 550 530 18.1 19.0 15.8 12.7

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 + -
740 320 457 428 280 ~10 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 380 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,500 m 1,160 hp 1,276 hp

Survivability and armour

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

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 140 → 1 443 Sl icon.png
RB1 800 → 2 278 Sl icon.png
SB2 000 → 2 532 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 400 Rp icon.png
16 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 150 / 320 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
900 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
900 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
safat7_belt_pack
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods ammo.png
safat12_belt_pack
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
900 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCGP250
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
900 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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safat7_new_gun
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCGP50
Research:
530 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
safat12_new_gun
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCSAP100
Research:
680 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition840 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Ammunition1 260 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min

The Re.2002 Early is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (390 rpg left + 450 rpg right = 840 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, wing-mounted (630 rpg = 1,260 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 11 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
(ammunition: 0 rounds)
Setup 22 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 32 x 100 kg GP 100T bomb
1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb

The Re.2002 Early can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb + 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (350 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb + 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (450 kg total)

Usage in battles

Given its low manoeuvrability, bad climb rate and low speed, the Re.2002 should be used as a single-seat attacker. For this purpose, it can carry quite a formidable payload for its size and rank - a single 250 kg bomb and up to 2 x 100 kg bombs, which adds up to 450 kg. In the air RB, this payload will come in handy for destroying a pillbox or two or knocking out some tanks, and you can use your MGs against softer targets.

However, it is in tank RB where the machine is truly useful. Given its low battle rating, its top payload is fully able to destroy any tank on the given BR spread and its 250 kg bomb has enough punch to knock out multiple targets if you're lucky (or skilled) enough to hit a cluster of thin-skinned vehicles. You can also use the Re.2002 as an impromptu dive bomber with the advantage of being able to defend itself against enemy fighters. But don't mistake the Re.2002 for a proper CAS plane, as it lacks the payload and the armour protection for repeated attacks, especially against prepared AA defense. The Re.2002 is thus great for hit and run attacks, after which you can either return to your airfield and rearm, or you can climb a little and try to pick off any sneaking enemy CAS aircraft.

With a subpar agility, climb rate and speed, but possessing a good payload for its rank, the Re.2002 is an attacker disguised as a fighter and should never be brought into a direct dogfight.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good payload for its rank
  • Large ammunition supply for its guns
  • Armament is great for destroying light ground targets (AAA, artillery, armoured cars, etc.)
  • Has armor, like the previous vehicle

Cons:

  • Subpar agility
  • Low climb rate
  • Engine overheats quickly even with all modifications researched

History

The Re. 2002 was a return to the radial engine, combining the new structural features of the Re. 2001 with an engine comparable to the Re. 2000's. Agile and sturdy, it was the best fighter-bomber/attack plane the Italians had, and was respected by the Luftwaffe, who seized 60 of them when Italy surrendered. In total, 225 were built, the last 40 for the Luftwaffe. Another 40 continued on with Italian forces fighting with the Allies.

Reggiane had been unable to find sufficient DB 601 engines (being produced on license in Italy) to keep up with demand for the Re. 2001, so they switched back to a Piaggio-designed radial. This meant the wing system of the Re. 2001 could be kept in the new model. It first flew in October, 1940, and the Italian Air Force placed its first order in September, 1941. It first became operational in July of 1943, during the invasion of Sicily.

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


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.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  IAR-81C