In 1933, the Regia Marina asked the Italian aeronautical industries for a new reconnaissance seaplane to replace the Piaggio P.6 and CANT 25 already in use on some cruisers. One of these aeronautical companies was IMAM, and thanks to Giovanni Galasso the IMAM Ro.37 Bis was modified into a seaplane version for maritime reconnaissance. Modifying the Ro.37 Bis with a different wing configuration and a central float to better balance the aircraft, the Ro.43 was born, took off for the first time on 19 November 1934, and won the competition issued by the Regia Marina, even exceeding the specifications required by the Navy itself.
Introduced in Update "Winged Lions", the Ro.43 is the only catapult-able aircraft from Italian ships in the game. It is equipped with an armament of only two 7.7 mm frontal guns and a defensive turret with a 7.7 mm, which are not very powerful but do the job. This is an excellent aircraft for shooting down other enemy seaplanes present from other nations' ships, thanks to its engine it also manages to quickly regain speed even after capturing a point, and the smoke screen can be used to protect both yourself and your allies when sailing in open waters.
Ships that carry the Ro.43
Ro.43 has a typical performance for shipborne biplane - it's extremely agile, but relatively slow in level flight, making for a relatively easy target for any fighter or even most bombers.
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Survivability and armour
Similarly to other shipborne aircraft, the Ro.43 is extremely easy to destroy, rarely surviving more than a single hit from anything larger than 13.2 mm.
The Ro.43 is armed with:
- 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
The Ro.43 is defended by:
- 1 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
Usage in battles
The Ro.43 is best-used much in the same fashion as other hydroplanes with offensive armament are - going for the capture point, taking down enemy hydroplanes and capturing it for the team. Other uses are typical for the airplane of the type - spotting, laying smokescreen, and harassing enemy airplanes.
Generally it's best to keep away from enemy bluewater vessels and high-BR coastal boats, as the sheer volume of fire they can unleash is typically enough to take the hydroplane down even from 2 kilometres with just the use of automated AI gunners.
Pros and cons
- Optimal acceleration
- Very manoeuvrable
- Pilot-operated offensive armament
- It has no access to bombs, restricting its ability to damage ships
- Offensive armament although present is very weak, struggling with anything else than other hydroplanes
- Quite heavy
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Archival film of a Ro.43 being launched from the Eugenio di Savoia.
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|Southern Mechanical and Aeronautical Industries ()|
|Floatplanes||Ro.43 · Ro.44|
|Ship-launched reconnaissance aircraft|
|USA||OS2U-1* · SOC-1|
|Germany||Ar 196 A-3*|
|Britain||Osprey Mk IV · Walrus Mk.I|
|Japan||E7K2 · E8N2 · E13A1 · F1M2*|
|France||GL.832HY · Loire 130С|
|*Available standalone in tech tree|