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Aliscafo, P 420 Sparviero type
General characteristics
10 peopleCrew
62.5 tDisplacement
3Number of section
8 mm (steel)Hull armor
3 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact automatic gunTurret
115 roundsAmmunition
-15° / 85°Vertical guidance
Sl icon.png0/3300/2900Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
360000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png110 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png90 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Sparviero.jpg

The Aliscafo, P 420 Sparviero type is a premium gift rank IV Italian motor gun boat with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Sparviero's 10 crew is protected by 8 mm of armour around the hull, and 3 mm of armour around the superstructure. This lacklustre armour isn't substantial enough to protect the ship from constant damage from machine guns or auto cannons. The gun in particular is extremely easy to disable thanks to its size and position on the ship. The Sparviero has the best chance for survival when it is on a flanking rout using its high speed to avoid frontal engagements. The gunboat also lacks anti-aircraft guns controlled by AI to defend against planes, but that can be countered by loading the variable time shell and shooting manually at aircraft.


Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 124 27
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 93 20

The Spaviero is one of the few ships equipped with a hydrofoil, allowing the gun boat to reach a high speed of 93 km/h when raised out of the water, but while out of the water the ship becomes difficult to manoeuvre in tight environments. In contrast, the Spaviero can only move 20 km/h in reverse, but the hull will remain in the water. While the ship's hull is submerged, the hydrofoils pose a risk of ramming parts of the environment, such as reefs and land under shallow water, so it is recommended to learn what positions might pose a threat to beaching the boat.


Primary armament

Sparviero is equipped with the amazing 76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact automatic gun in a single turret on the bow of the boat right before the bridge. The 76 mm gun comes stocked with HE-MOM, SAPOM, and HE-MOM with a variable time fuse. Both HE-MOM shells have 15 mm of pen at any range with an explosive mass of 750 g, while the SAPOM can pen 60 mm at a range of 100 m with an explosive mass of 455 g. The best loadout for the Sparviero is half a loadout (or more) or SAPOM, while the rest is dedicated to HE-MOM with variable time fuse. Both HE shells do the same damage towards ships, so it is more desirable to bring the more versatile shell that can also be used against aircraft.

Usage in battles

Being one of the fastest boats in naval forces, the Sparviero excels in rushing advantageous positions to defend capture points and flank enemy routes. The gunboat shouldn't be used for contesting points directly due to its weak crew size, and protection unless the area has already been cleared. The largest threat to the Sparviero are similar hydrofoils and faster patrol boats such as the PG 02, and the PT-811 which can contest the Sparviero from reaching flanking spots, using their superior speed and firepower. Similarly tiered destroyers such as the Clemson also pose a threat because their main armaments can hull break the smaller gunboat.


Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 76/62 SAPOM
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen
III Propeller Replacement 76/62 HE-MOM Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Amazing speed
  • Effective cannon
  • Access to a radar
  • Talisman


  • Low crew count
  • Inadequate armour
  • Lacklustre firing angles (blind spot at the rear of the ship)
  • Awkward mobility


The Sparviero-class was designed in Italy to be a fast attack craft in 1970. 7 ships of the class were produced, with the Spaviero being later decommissioned in 1991.


See also

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

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

External links

Italy boats
Motor torpedo boats  Folgore P-490 · Freccia P-493 · MAS 555 · MAS 561 · MAS 569
  MS-15 · MS-53 · MS-472 · Stefano Turr · VAS 201 · Vosper 70' GIS 811
Motor gun boats  MS-473 · MV-611 · Sparviero
Motor torpedo gun boats  Saetta P-494

Italy premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  Freccia P-493 · MAS 569
Motor gun boats  Sparviero
Destroyers  Aquilone · Geniere