S-38b

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S-38b
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Description

The Schnellboot S-38b is a rank II 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.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 mm (wood)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section3
Displacement115 t
Crew31 people

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.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB106 / 33 km/h
RB76 / 24 km/h

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).

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 106 33
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 76 24

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB370 → 463 Sl icon.png
RB410 → 514 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 910 Rp icon.png
9 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces130 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 70 / 100 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
420 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
460 Rp icon.png
Cost:
630 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
310 Rp icon.png
Cost:
420 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
420 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
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110 Ge icon.png
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20 mm HET magazines
Research:
460 Rp icon.png
Cost:
630 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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20 mm APT magazines
Research:
310 Rp icon.png
Cost:
420 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
310 Rp icon.png
Cost:
420 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Depth Charges
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
580 Rp icon.png
Cost:
790 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
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110 Ge icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
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Armament

Primary armament

Turret2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min
Vertical guidance-4° / 60°
Turret2 cm/65 C/30 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Fire rate276 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 50°

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Secondary armament

Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: MG34 (7.92 mm)

The main difference between the S-38 and the S-38b is the presence of MG34 machine guns. These machine guns are more suited towards firing upon aircraft instead of ships; citing their meagre calibre. The machine guns are mounted behind the bridge and are initially aimed upwards. The location of these machine guns allows them to fire on either side of the ship, and fire upon aircraft.

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 533 mm G7a torpedo
Setup 26 x WBD depth charge
Setup 32 x 533 mm G7a torpedo
6 x WBD depth charge

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Most flaws from the S-38 are maintained in the S-38b
  • Even with additional MG 34s, anti-air coverage is minimal

History

S-38b was a subclass of S-38 class Schnellboots (S-boots), these being later production ships. The S-38b class added an armored bridge to the design due to the lack of protection for the bridge on the original S-38 class. It was known as the Kallot (Eng: skull cap) because of its round shape. The S-38b class was eventually equipped with more powerful Daimler Benz MB 501 diesel engines, increasing the maximum speed.

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