S.M.79 bis/N (Germany)

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This page is about the gift bomber S.M.79 bis/N (Germany). For other versions, see S.M.79 (Family).
▀S.M.79 bis/N
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▀S.M.79 bis/N
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Description

The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) is a gift rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). Though initially in the game pre-1.27, this plane was removed upon Update 1.37 due to redundancy.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 800 m457 km/h
Turn time33 s
Max altitude8 500 m
Engine3 х Alfa Romeo 128 RC.18
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,800 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 438 421 8500 34.0 34.7 3.2 3.2 410
Upgraded 484 457 32.1 33.0 9.3 5.9

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 + -
530 300 313 298 220 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 270 < 270 > 310

Survivability and armour

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural530 km/h
Gear300 km/h
  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 below dorsal gunner, 4 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB770 → 1 062 Sl icon.png
RB1 800 → 2 483 Sl icon.png
SB2 400 → 3 311 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 390 Rp icon.png
24 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
70 / 150 / 140 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
EFS
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
safat12_belt_pack
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
GP100
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
safat12_new_gun
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
bmg303_turret_belt_pack
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
GP250
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
safat12_turret_belt_pack
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon torpedo.png
TBC-79
Research:
650 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
safat12_turret_new_gun
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods turret gun.png
lewis_turret_new_gun
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
GP500
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition350 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The S.M.79 bis/N (Germany) is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)

Suspended armament

List of setups (5)
Setup 112 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
Setup 212 x 100 kg GP 100T bomb
Setup 35 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 41 x 450 mm F200/450 torpedo
Setup 52 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb

The S.M.79 bis/N (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100T bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,250 kg total)
  • 1 x 450 mm F200/450 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

2 х Turret12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate701 shots/min
2 х Turret7.7 mm Lewis machine gun
Ammunition485 rounds
Fire rate551 shots/min

The S.M.79 bis/N (Germany) is defended by:

  • 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 turrets (485 rpg)

Usage in battles

Due to its relatively low battle rating, the three-engined S.M.79 enjoys a relatively high speed for a bomber against most of the lower ranked opposition it faces. This aids its survivability, particularly in a shallow dive. Unfortunately, it is rather lacking in bombload options compared to the He 111s and Ju 88s and also has rather poor defensive fire arcs. Unlike the German bombers, however, it is armed with 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns which can pack quite a punch against the flimsier aircraft it faces. The pilot also controls a fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which is otherwise uncovered by any defensive armament. This gun can be useful for strafing light vehicles and trucks that will be encountered frequently in low-rank battles and can be used to shoot down other aircraft. It is somewhat more manoeuvrable than the He 111 H-3, but the Sparviero is by no means a fighter and will rapidly lose energy in turns. With the ability to carry 500 kg bombs, the S.M.79 can use these to more easily take out pillboxes and heavier tanks, although this reduces the total bombload to only 1,000 kg as opposed to 1,250 kg with 250 kg bombs.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Hard-hitting 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT defensive machine guns
  • Pilot-controlled fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which can be equipped with IAI (explosive) ammunition
  • High speed
  • Middle engine provides some level of protection for the pilot against head-on attacks
  • Capable of carrying 500 kg bombs, unlike the He 111 H-3 or Do 17 Z-1

Cons:

  • Poor total bomb load compared to the He 111 H-3 (1,250 kg max)
  • Poor defensive fire arcs, including a dead zone in the rear where neither of the rearward facing 12.7 mm machine guns can cover
  • No frontal defensive gun covering the frontal aspect
  • Lacks armour protection for the crew
  • Forced to choose between less total bomb load but individually more powerful bombs or higher total bomb load with less powerful bombs

History


Archive of the in-game description

Three-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79bis "Sparviero" medium torpedo bomber, issued 1942.

In 1941, the S.M.79 "Sparviero" began to be replaced by the new S.84 torpedo bomber. But the S.84's engine, the Piaggio P.XI, was so unreliable that in 1942 groups which had switched to the new plane returned to the S.M.79.

The S.M.79 was independently modified in several ways, which slightly improved the aircraft's flight characteristics. For example, one "Sparviero" had its engine mount elongated, which improved the aircraft's aerodynamics and thus increased its speed.

Savoia-Marchetti designers proposed upgrading the outdated S.M.79 by replacing its mixed design with an all-metal airframe. This would substantially reduce the aircraft's weight while increasing the strength of its airframe. But the Royal Italian Air Force chose a compromise, instead: change the power unit, but keep the S.M.79's old airframe. The resulting variant was named the S.M.79bis.

The S.M.79bis was powered by three 9-cylinder radial air-cooled Alfa-Romeo 128RC18 engines with 860 hp and a metal three-bladed variable-pitch SIAI.32 propeller.

The new engine could not perform as well at high altitudes as the older Alfa-Romeo 126RC34, and so it was more suited for low-flying torpedo bombers. Increasing the engine's power slightly increased the aircraft's maximum and cruise speeds. The alcohol injection system, developed for the engine Alfa-Romeo 126RC34, was retained.

The ventral gondola, along with the machine gun mounted inside, was unnecessary for a torpedo bomber and was removed. When attacking, the torpedo bomber would fly just over the crests of the waves.

The empty bomb bay held an extra 1,000-litre fuel tank (a 2,300-litre option was also available). The plane's radio equipment and instruments were upgraded, as well.

The S.M.79bis was chosen to be the standard torpedo bomber, and previously released planes were converted into the new variant.

Of the first S.M.79bis planes built, a special unit was formed to attack British ships in Gibraltar during "Operazione Scoglio" (Operation "The Rock"). However, while preparing the attack, it was discovered that the fuel consumption rating of the S.M.79bis engine was overstated, and the planes would not be able to fly the mission to Gibraltar from the intended starting point of Istria (in the South of France). Only two of the most experienced crews tried to fly the mission on June 19, 1943, but only one returned; the second landed in Spain, out of fuel. On June 24 the whole group carried out a raid on Oran in Algeria.


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Savoia-Marchetti
Bombers  S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 serie 8
  S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M · S.M.79 B
  S.81
Attackers  SM.91 · SM.92
Captured  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 bis/N

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 138 C-1 · 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 R-2 Libya · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic