SA.313B Alouette II (Germany)

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▀SA.313B Alouette II
sa_313b.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.7/8.7/8.7BR
2 peopleCrew
1.6 тоннTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Turbomeca Artouste IIC6 turboshaftEngine
Speed of destruction
300 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 7.62 mm MG3 machine gunОрудие 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
72 x 37 mm SNEB rocketSetup 1
4 x SS.11 missilesSetup 2
Economy
freeResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 000 / 5 412/4 400 / 5 953/1 820 / 2 462Repair
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 German utility helicopter SA.313B Alouette II (Germany). For other uses, see Alouette (Family).

Description

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The ▀SA.313B Alouette II is a rank V German utility helicopter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea". A French design, the Alouette II was in West-German service and could carry a multitude of armaments.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
AB RB
170 159
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
AB RB
 ??? 185

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: MG 3 (7.62 mm)

The SA.313B Alouette II (Germany) is armed with:

  • 4 x 7.62 mm MG 3 machine gun (250 rpg = 1,000 total)

The four machine guns are arranged with two above each landing skid. Only the default ammo belt is available. Due to their low calibre, they have limited effectiveness against helicopters and planes, and are almost useless against all but the lightest-armoured ground vehicles. However, they have a high rate of fire (1,200 rpm), which aids damage output at the expensive of total firing time.

Suspended armament

Main articles: SNEB 37, SS.11

The SA.313B Alouette II (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 72 x SNEB 37 rockets
  • 4 x SS.11 missiles

With only 20 grams of explosive mass and at most 10 mm of penetration, the Alouette's SNEB rockets are highly ineffective against armoured targets. For use in ground RB, the mouse guided SS.11 missiles are more recommendable. Although many fewer missiles can be carried, they are able to severely damage and destroy enemy tanks, unlike SNEB rockets. It is important to note that although SS.11 missiles are usable, they are much worse than many missiles carried by other helicopters, and that the Alouette's anti-tank armament is weak in general.

Usage in battles

The Alouette doesn't have the power of a conventional helicopter. Being a 1950s helicopter, its engine is very weak compared to its counterparts. Use it at a low altitude and make use of the SS.11 missiles, but beware, the Alouette can only carry 4 of them which is a fairly low amount. Use them wisely. At the start of the battle, just go straight into the air over the ground forces and hunt enemies and pray they don't have SPAA's, or stay low and hidden and snipe enemies. Caution, sometimes there are some other helicopters, but you can solve the problem with SS.11 missiles. Also pray there are no fighters because the Alouette does not have the means to defend itself effectively.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Flak jacket
II Helicopter frame
III Engine Replacing helicopter blades NVD New 7 mm MGs
IV Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

Cons:

  • Weak armour
  • SS.11 maximum range is 3 km

History

The light, multipurpose, single-engined SA.313B Alouette II (French for “Skylark”) helicopter was developed by the French company Sud-Aviation in the 1960s and was widely used both by civilian and military organizations. Many other countries also obtained a license to manufacture these helicopters. In addition to civilian use, this light helicopter has a rich military history. The SA.313B fought wars in Algeria and Rhodesia and took part in several local conflicts. The model's success is demonstrated by the fact that the SA.313B is still being used for civilian purposes and by the militaries of some countries nowadays.

Since the SA.313B was not routinely equipped with weapons, this issue has been resolved directly in the places and countries where the vehicle has been used to fulfil combat objectives. The helicopter's armament has been rather exotic at times, such as when rifles and machine guns have been mounted in the apertures of the glass-enclosed front cabin. For the purposes of the game, we have chosen more well-founded projects for arming the SA.313B implemented by French and German crews. Machine gun installations comprised of four 7.62mm MG3 light machine guns placed in pairs on the skids using special fixtures. As an anti-tank weapon, the helicopter could carry SNEB unguided rockets, as well as SS.11 guided anti-tank missiles that were located on special transverse tube-shaped beams along the sides of the fuselage.

- From Devblog

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the helicopter;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Germany helicopters
Attack  ▀Mi-24P
Utility  BO 105 CB-2 · BO 105 PAH-1 · BO 105 PAH-1A1 · ▀SA.313B Alouette II · ▀UH-1D