S.M.79 AS (Germany)
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|This page is about the gift German bomber S.M.79 AS (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) is a gift rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 3.0 (RB/SB). This bomber has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 in the German aviation tree. In Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", the S.M.79, as well as the other Italian planes in the German tree, were moved to the new Italian tree.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 300||< 305||< 303||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,300 m||2,250 hp||3,020 hp|
Survivability and armour
- No armour plating
- No armour glazing
- Fuel tanks located in fuselage and wing roots
The S.M.79 AS (Germany) is armed with:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)
- 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs
- 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs
- 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs
- 1 x 905 kg F200/450x5.45 torpedo
- 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 7.7 mm Lewis machine gun, 2 x beam turret (485 rpg = 970 total)
Usage in battles
With a significantly higher Battle Rating than the previous two Sparviero models, the 1941 Sparviero features the same bomb load-outs (but can also carry a single torpedo) and armament, with only relatively minor increases in performance. While unable to compete with the Ju 88 or the He 111 H-6 and Fw 200 C-1 Condor in terms of performance or sheer bomb-carrying capacity, respectively, the SM.79 (1941) can still perform decently if played carefully.
It is very important to avoid fighters in the SM.79, as it has a lot of defensive fire dead-zones and is not as durable as the Ju 88. If an enemy fighter is foolish enough to stay within the reach of the 12.7 mm Breda-SAFATs, they can deal a considerable amount of damage to the pursuer. However, the gunners themselves have no armour protection and can be knocked out fairly easily.
Due to the relatively light payload carried by the SM.79, it is not particularly recommended to go base bombing, even with the max load of 5 x 250 kg bombs. It is better to dive towards ground level and destroy targets like tanks or vehicles, as this will make it harder for enemies to attack you from below, where the Sparviero has very limited defensive fire coverage. The 500 kg bombs reduce your total bombload to only 1000 kg, but they are more forgiving of poor bomb aiming and can take out pillboxes with a single hit. Be wary of attacks from the sides, as only the weak 7.7 mm machine guns cover the flanks of the Sparviero.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm||MCSAP100|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 12 mm MGs||Turret 7 mm||MCGP250|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Turret 12 mm||TBC-79|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 12 mm MGs (turret)||New 7 mm MGs (turret)||MCRO500|
Pros and cons
- Can carry a torpedo
- Same bomb options and weapons as the previous aircraft, but with more unfavourable matchmaking
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"Three-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 “Sparviero” medium bomber, issued 1939.
The SM.79 gradually became the Regia Aeronautica’s main strike plane. In 1938, five regiments were re-equipped. That same year, about 150 “Sparviero” aircraft were in service in Italy. A year later, over 300 were in service.
Besides taking part in the Spanish Civil War, the SM.79 was used for landing troops during the invasion of Albania in 1939, as well as in Italy's attack on Greece.
In 1939, AUSA factories started releasing SM.79s. This series was practically unchanged from its predecessor, except that the exhaust pipe of the right engine was moved to the outside of the nacelle so that smoke from the pipe would not contact the fuselage.
When on June 10, 1940, Italy entered the Second World War, the Italian Air Force possessed 612 SM.79s in 14 regiments and one special group, distributed throughout the mainland and the colonies (the “Sparviero"" appeared in Libya in 1939). During this period, two-thirds of all Italian bombers were SM.79s.
In addition to the combat regiments, the “Sparviero"" had its own flying school. Also, about a dozen SM.79TPs (with rectangular windows and 5-6 seats in place of the bomb bay) were used as personal transport aircraft for high-ranking officers.
During the fighting, SM.79s were used day and night, attacking targets in Malta, Tunisia, France, Aden, and in North and East Africa. In North Africa, in September 1940, four regiments of SM.79s supported the Italian attack on Egypt. The “Sparviero” was even tested as a ground attack aircraft to support troops in the field and hunt for British tanks and armored cars, but high losses quickly put an end to these activities.
On the front, some of the SM.79’s shortcomings were painfully obvious. Its weak guns were located in primitive turrets which limited their field of fire, and the machine guns’ characteristics were unsatisfactory (particularly their rate of fire). This, plus weak armor and lack of self-sealing fuel tanks, sharply reduced the aircraft’s combat value. The huge one-piece wing was difficult to repair in the field. The aircraft’s speed no longer protected it from the latest fighters; the “Sparviero” was already out of date."
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|Arado||Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3|
|Blohm & Voss||BV 238|
|Dornier||Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1|
|Focke-Wulf||Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1|
|Henschel||Hs 123 A-1|
|Heinkel||He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5|
|Junkers||Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 288 C|
|Savoia-Marchetti||▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 4 (1937) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 8 (1939)|
|▀S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/T.M (1943)|
|Trophies||▀Wellington Mk Ic|