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The Schnellboot S-38b is a rank I German motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.
Survivability and armour
The S-38b is nearly identical to the S-38 in terms of survivability. The S-38b has the same hull construction and composition, yet the bridge is constructed of 10 mm thick anti-fragmentation armour. This means the bridge is more resilient to damage on the S-38b than S-38.
The S-38b is also nearly identical to the S-38 in terms of mobility. It too is quick and agile. The difference is that the S-38b is slightly quicker forwards at 106 KPH (66 MPH).
The main weapons are identical to the S-38, any gunnery lessons and practices learned from the S-38 are immediately applicable to the S-38b.
The main difference between the S-38 and the S-38b is the presence of MG 34 machineguns. These machineguns are more suited towards firing upon aircraft instead of ships; citing their meagre calibre. The machineguns are mounted behind the bridge and are initially aimed upwards. The location of these machineguns allows them to fire on either side of the ship, and fire upon aircraft.
Many ships are armed with torpedo launchers, and for some vessels such as boats, torpedoes are an extremely important means of defeating an opponent. Evaluate the position of the torpedo launchers, discuss the ammunition available, firing specifics such as dead zones, features of the torpedoes themselves, etc.
The S-38b has the same special weapons options as the S-38, including smokescreens, and depth charges.
Usage in battles
The S-38b should be used exactly as the S-38 is used. Though the S-38b has better anti-air coverage than the S-38, it should not be depended upon.
|I||Dry-Docking||Tool Set||20 mm HET magazines|
|II||Rudder Replacement||Fire Protection System||Smokescreen||20 mm APT magazines||Auxiliary Armament Targeting|
|III||Propeller Replacement||Depth Charges||Primary Armament Targeting|
|IV||Engine Maintenance||New Pumps||Artillery Support|
Pros and cons
- Very close to the S-38, one could go from the S-38 to the S-38b with no special learning required
- Main cannons are the same as the ones found on the S-38
- Better armour then the armour found on the S-38
- Quicker, while maintaining the same handling characteristics
- Same BR as the S-38, meaning one can have the S-38 and S-38b in the same lineup
- Still inexpensive to operate
- Most flaws from the S-38 are maintained in the S-38b
- Even with additional MG 34s, anti-air coverage is minimal
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