S.O.4050 Vautour IIB

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S.O.4050 Vautour IIB
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
21.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
2 х SNECMA Atar 101E5Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1166 km/hStructural
425 km/hGear
Suspended armament
10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
8 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bomb
Setup 3
6 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombSetup 4
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png37 000 / 49 247/12 020 / 15 998/19 000 / 25 289Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
× (202) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the French jet bomber S.O.4050 Vautour IIB. For other versions, see S.O.4050 Vautour IIA and Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France).


The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB in the garage

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB is a Rank V French jet bomber with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
1102 1098 15,000 32.6 33.2 43.6 39.7 900
Max Speed
(km/h at sea level)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
1113 1107 15,000 31.5 32.0 68.2 55.0 900


Vautour IIb's self-sealing fuel tanks (fuel tanks are outlined in red)
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m 3380 kgf 3891 kgf
Red = 50 mm Bulletproof glassYellow = 13.5 mm Steel plate Yellowish green = 6 mm Steel plate Green = 3 mm Steel plate Turquoise = 2 mm Steel plate

Survivability and armour

  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 13.5 mm Steel plate behind the pilot's head.
  • 6 + 13.5 mm Steel plate in nose.
  • 3 mm Steel shell surrounding the cockpit in the fuselage.
  • 2 mm Steel plate behind the fuel cells.
  • 2 mm Steel plate in the tail.


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 10 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (6,000 lb total)

Usage in the battles

There are two ways you can go about using the Vautour IIb, either dive or keep your altitude from your air spawn.


One way of playing the Vautour IIb is diving a tactic also known as rushing into a base bombing point and bombing it. This comes with it's pros and cons.

Pros of diving:

  • Guaranteed to bomb a base if it's a small enough map
  • You can return to base quicker
  • Use your insane top speed to your advantage

Cons of diving:

  • Depends on the map; some don't work as well for this tactic
  • Lose your altitude
  • No offensive armament so you can't head on enemies
Keeping your altitude

The other way of using the Vautour IIb is by keeping your altitude and climbing and then using your bombsight to bomb a base.

Pros in staying at high altitude:

  • You are safer
  • Don't lose your altitude
  • Can be used on any map

Cons in staying at high altitude:

  • Bombing can be inaccurate at high speed and high altitude
  • Longer to reach bombing point
  • In an up-tier situation, F-100s may catch you and destroy you before reaching the bombsite

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Automatic pitch
Controllable Not controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair SBC-17
II New boosters Compressor Airframe M117
III Wings repair Engine LBC-25
IV G-suit Cover

Pros and cons


  • Insane acceleration
  • Climbs exceptionally well without ordnance
  • Energy retention is great
  • Airbrakes, you will need them to avoid compressing in a dive
  • Bombsight
  • Guaranteed profit every game
  • Airspawn


  • Lacks the rocket payload options of the Vautour IIA
  • Compresses at high speed
  • Massive penalties in-flight performance when carrying full payloads
  • Turns like a brick
  • Roll rate is also unimpressive
  • Fragile engines; a hit to an engine will make you easy prey for enemy fighters
  • Relies heavily on team support even more than the Vautour IIA does
  • Massive target
  • No offensive armament
  • 110% will easily overheat your engines after short use


The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB was developed by Sud Aviation after World War Two to meet the demand for the French Armeè de l'Air. This was a challenging task, after the German occupation in France. Many aircraft design teams have scattered. France was also new to the new jet propulsion area. The requirements issued by the French government called for a jet-powered multi-role attack aircraft that can perform as a bomber, low-level attack aircraft, and an all-weather interceptor. SNCASO met those requirements with a modified version of the S.O 4000. The new plane was designated the S.O.4050 Vautour and was manufactured in three different variants. The plane would serve in the AdA for several decades before replaced the newer Dassault Mirage. The Vautour was also one of the stop-gap measures used by the AdA as a nuclear deterrent. The Vautour would later be exported to Israel and serve with the IAF to counter Egypt's IL-28 twin-engine bomber.

The IIB, which differed from the previous IIA by adding a second crew member in a transparent nose, was a dedicated bomber variant. Its prototype first flew in December 1954. In total 40 of the IIB would be built. All were sold along with all of France's Vautour IIAs to Israel in 1960.


  • Damaged Vautour IIb.

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