S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late)

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S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late)
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The S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late) was an all-weather interceptor variant of the Vautour II. For its time, it was a very capable interceptor, with almost supersonic speeds, it was capable of intercepting most Soviet bombers and other aircrafts at high altitude. For this task, it used the much improved SNECMA ATAR 101E5 engine, it also had 2 crewmembers, a pilot and a navigator in a two seat configuration. For interception, it was equipped with the DRAC-32A radar that was very powerful for its time of introduction, this came with access to carry AA-20 Nord MCLOS guided air-to-air missiles, as well as Matra R511 radar guided missiles later on. The Vautour IIN was used up until the 1970s, after which it was retired.

Introduced in Update "Drone Age", the S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late) has access to a set of very powerful engines. However this comes with the fact that the Vautour II is very sluggish and has access to only mediocre weapons. Its main armament is the R511 radar guided missile, and while most aircrafts at this rank don't have countermeasures, the missile is very slow and easy to avoid, it has also a mediocre guidance system, and it requires a few seconds to reach maximum maneuverability. Thus the Vautour IIN should be used at altitudes above 3000 m so that its radar can be effectively used against climbing enemies, like the F-104s in case of an uptier.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 0 m1 107 km/h
Turn time32 s
Max altitude15 000 m
Engine2 х SNECMA Atar 101E5
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight21 t

The Vautour IIN boasts a top speed of just under Mach 1 and adequate acceleration. On the other side, it has very poor manoeuvrability in its BR range, right behind the Tu-4. Neither of its two possible loadouts noticeably affects flight performance.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,101 1,098 15000 32.6 33.2 42.9 38.8 900
Upgraded 1,113 1,107 31.5 32.0 69.0 55.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,166 425 584 564 463 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 480 < 620 < 590 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 101E5 2 11,211 kg 320 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 26m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 12,166 kg 13,573 kg 14,393 kg 15,169 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (110%)
Condition 100% 110% 8m fuel 20m fuel 26m fuel MGW
Stationary 3,322 kgf 3,787 kgf 0.62 0.56 0.53 0.50
Optimal 3,661 kgf
(1,166 km/h)
4,173 kgf
(1,166 km/h)
0.69 0.61 0.58 0.55

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear425 km/h

Despite its size, the Vautour will quickly break down if it gets shot at. The pilot is prone to get knocked out easily as well.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 065 → 4 165 Sl icon.png
RB9 231 → 12 544 Sl icon.png
SB10 040 → 13 644 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications91 100 Rp icon.png
146 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 370 / 600 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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5 100 Rp icon.png
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220 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
5 100 Rp icon.png
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Wings repair
7 600 Rp icon.png
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330 Ge icon.png
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7 600 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
9 900 Rp icon.png
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430 Ge icon.png
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Nord AA.20
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Matra R511
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Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 552 (30 mm)

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late) is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm DEFA 552 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4
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AA-20 Nord missiles 1 1 1 1
Matra R511 missiles 1 1 1 1
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 4 x AA-20 Nord missiles
  • 4 x Matra R511 missiles

Usage in battles

The Vautour II N is an interceptor, and for the most part, can only be played as such. Due to its very poor manoeuvrability, attempting to turn fight is akin to suicide. The Vautour is best at keeping its top speed and using tried and true boom and zoom tactics. There are too few bombers at the Vautour's BR, thus its best opportunity is head-on engagements. Both of the Vautour's loadouts are worthwhile in that role, the 4 x AA-20 Nord missiles may be manually-guided missiles, but they do not require mastery of manual guidance or even the usage of it to be worthwhile, they are proximity-fuze and are a perfect surprise head-on weapon. Launching 2 of them at the 2 km threshold can be particularly effective.

Meanwhile, the 4 x radar-guided Matra R511 missiles are not particularly reliable but can be launched as soon as passing the 8 km threshold, and can be quite effective against the occasional bomber.

There are several big threats to the Vautour, take care around the Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2, while the Vautour cannot really dodge missiles, it can often outrun them, but this does not apply to the Sea Vixen as it is faster than the Vautour and will eventually catch up.

Pros and cons


  • It has the same engines of the S.O.4050 Vautour IIB, giving an outstanding acceleration in maximum power and good top speed
  • Able to mix the loadouts of AA-20 Nord and R.511 missiles
  • The AA-20 Nords are very useful and reliable in head-ons thanks to the great proxy fuse and warhead, and the R.511 in most situations as the Vautour is able to lock by radar
  • Excellent quadruple 30 mm cannons with good ammo capacity and insane damage
  • R.511 has excellent manoeuvrability for an early radar-guided missile, and also the radar has much less ground interference compared to its contemporaries
  • Has a airspawn, giving it the ability to perform an initial deadly surprise attack against any opponent with its unique and effective weapons set


  • The engines overheat quickly at 110%
  • Incredibly poor manoeuvrability in any manoeuvre and speed
  • It's the Vautour with the less turning capacity compared to any variant, as the Flight Model is shared with the S.O.4050 Vautour IIA, not having an all-flying tail while the extra thrust increases the already extreme compression
  • Although manoeuvrable, the R.511 is one of the slowest missiles in the game, it is not able to catch enemies with considerable speed in a tail chase
  • The R.511 produces a pretty visible smoke from kilometres away, and many planes can see and evade pretty easily
  • Entirely lacks air-to-ground options, making it a one-dimensional vehicle.
  • The AA-20 Nord missiles are MCLOS, needing specific keybinds and full manual guidance by the pilot in certain situations, not beginner-friendly


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SNCA SO (Société nationale des constructions aéronautiques du sud-ouest)
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Jet Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN
Export  Vautour IIA IDF/AF · Vautour IIA · Vautour IIN

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Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN (late)
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