S.M.79 serie 1

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S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936)
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
10.74 tTake-off weight
0.39 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
3 х Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
350 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Lewis machine gun2 х Turret
485 roundsAmmunition
551 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombSetup 4
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2090 / 2637/2100 / 2650/950 / 1198Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png170 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian bomber S.M.79 serie 1. For other versions, see S.M.79 (Family).


GarageImage S.M.79serie1.jpg

The S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) is a rank II Italian bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", though a variant existed in the Germany aircraft tech tree prior to the update.

Due to its relatively low Battle Rating, the three-engined SM.79 serie 1 enjoys a relatively high speed for a bomber against most of the lower tiered 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 tier 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 SM.79 can use these to more easily take out pillboxes and heavier tanks, although this reduces the total bombload to only 1000 kg as opposed to 1250 kg with 250 kg bombs.

General info

Flight performance

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
Take-off run
416 404 6800 32.6 33.6 4.5 4.4 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
444 430 6800 30.4 31.6 7.8 5.9 450


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
530 300  325 ~3 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 260 < 270 < 270 > 290
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,400 m 740 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 under dorsal gunner, 1 in each wingroot, 1 in each outer part of the wing, 1 in the rear of each engine nacelle)


Offensive armament

Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The S.M.79 serie 1 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

The S.M.79 serie 1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,250 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

The S.M.79 serie 1 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

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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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm MCSAP100
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs Turret 7 mm
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm MCGP250
IV Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 7 mm MGs (turret) MCRO500

Pros and cons


  • 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 for its BR
  • 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-2


  • Poor total bomb payload compared to the He 111 H-3 (1250 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 payload, but individually more powerful bombs or higher total bomb payload with less powerful bombs


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See also

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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
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

Italy bombers
Fiat  BR.20 DR · B.R.20M M1
Savoia-Marchetti  S.81 · S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 B · S.M.79 serie 8 · S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M
CANT  Z.1007 bis serie 3 · Z.1007 bis serie 5
Piaggio  P.108B serie 1 · P.108B serie 2
German  ▄Ju 87 R-2 · ▄Ju 87 D-3