Scimitar F Mk.1
12 x AP Mk II rocketsSetup 3
2 x AGM-12B Bullpup rocketsSetup 6
2 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 7
The Scimitar F Mk.1 is a rank VI British jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".
The Scimitar F.1 is a relatively large and heavy aircraft, but it is still extremely capable because of its impressive engines. The Scimitar's two Rolls-Royce Avon 202 engines put out 4,650 kgf of thrust each, giving the Scimitar its fantastic climb rate of over 100 m/s. This outclasses similarly placed jets known for their climb rate (such as the MiG-15) by almost 2 times, and it's capable of gaining speed in a 45° climb. The impressive amount of power means that, assuming you aren't uptiered to 9.7, you will always be the first off the airfield and into combat. The Scimitar has a max speed of just over 1,160 km/h or mach 0.95 on the deck, enough to outrun anything at its BR, and even some missiles too.
The Scimitar turns surprisingly well for its size and weight, thanks to its all-flying tail, and large control surfaces. It will be able to hold its own in a turnfight with most, and can quickly accelerate out of trouble if needed. You should not be turning for too long, as the Scimitar still loses its energy quite quickly in a full turn.
However, we now come to the biggest con of the Scimitar: its rudder. The rudder will lock up gradually until about 700 km/h where it will lose 99% of its effect, making it unusable, and trying to turn or aim conventionally is impossible, often leading to the plane wobbling itself into an uncontrollable flatspin that you can't escape, because you have no rudder control. It is recommended because of this that you only engage low energy targets and use the element of surprise so they cannot evade. The Scimitar does get 4 x AIM-9B missiles, and these can be used on targets that use your lack of a rudder against you.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|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|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 620||< 450||< 620||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Empty mass||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.202||2||11,722 kg||349 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||6m fuel||20m fuel||22m fuel|
|1,175 kg||Axial-flow turbojet||12,817 kg||15,341 kg||15,702 kg||19,731 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||6m fuel||20m fuel||22m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 4,855 kgf
Survivability and armour
The Scimitar has one glass 50 mm plate in front of the pilot, and one 12.7 mm steel plate behind the pilot. It has very low survivability because any wing damage will lead to a flatspin, due to its lack of rudder control.
The Scimitar F Mk.1 is armed with:
- 4 x 30 mm ADEN cannons, chin-mounted (160 rpg = 640 total)
The Scimitar F Mk.1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 4 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (4,000 lb total)
- 24 x AP Mk II rockets
- 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 12 x AP Mk II rockets (2,000 lb total)
- 4 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
- 4 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles
- 2 x AGM-12B Bullpup missiles + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
- 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,000 lb total)
Usage in battles
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|I||Fuselage repair||Offensive 30 mm||60 lb S.A.P. Mark I|
|II||New boosters||Compressor||Airframe||1000 LB MC|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||New 30 mm cannons||AGM-12B Bullpup|
The poor rudder of the Scimitar makes getting two modifications a high priority. The New boosters modification provides a noticeable improvement to the rudder control of the Scimitar and is your absolute top priority, as any rudder improvement you can get will make getting guns on target, and flying the aircraft in general, more bearable. Even with the New boosters modification getting guns on target can still be rather hard; therefore the next priority is AIM-9B missiles as they give you another way to kill enemy aircraft, which is less reliant on rudder control. Even stock the Scimitar exhibits very impressive flight performance for it's battle rating, this means flight performance upgrades (with the exception of New boosters) are not as important as on other jets. Starting at tier one you will want to unlock the rockets (to start progressing towards AIM-9Bs), then at tier two unlock the New boosters modification and then the bombs. At tier three do your choice of flight performance modification followed by the Bullpups (unless you want the bullpups for Tank RB, in which case get them first); finally get the AIM-9Bs at tier 4. From here on you can unlock the remaining modifications according to user preference.
If you find unlocking modifications difficult due to the lack of rudder control then the stock ADEN belts are capable of killing light pillboxes / light ranks (and medium tanks with some more difficulty), allowing you to get a decent amount of RP per game through ground attack. The suspended armaments can also be used for ground attack or base bombing.
Pros and cons
- Possibly the fastest subsonic jet in the game, will reach 1,161 km/h (Mach 0.95) in level flight at sea level
- Has very good acceleration
- Has four ADEN cannons, which are some of the best guns in the game
- Lots of cannon ammo
- Has good ground attack capability and is currently the only British jet with air-to-ground missiles
- Gets four air-to-air missiles (AIM-9B)
- It is practically impossible to break the wings off through over-speed as the aircraft stops accelerating due to drag before reaching the very high wing breaking speed
- It is very hard to break the wings by pulling positive Gs, generally wing breakage in the Scimitar only occurs when pulling negative Gs
- Capable of landing on carriers
- Cannot make good use of its speed as rudder severely locks up at even moderately high speeds
- Combination of poor rudder and gun placement can make getting guns on target extremely hard
- Does not turn very well
- Asymmetric wing damage is liable to cause a non-recoverable flat spin
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