Tempest Mk V

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Tempest Mk V
AB RB SB
6.0 5.7 6.0
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Description

The Tempest Mk V is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 000 m703 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EngineNapier Sabre 2
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight6 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 649 634 11000 21.5 22.4 14.0 14.0 370
Upgraded 788 703 19.6 20.1 30.1 20.4

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
880 361 412 389 269 ~14 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 440 < 430 < 530 > 337
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,447 m 2,085 hp 2,585 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,981 m 1,735 hp 2,151 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural880 km/h
Gear361 km/h

The Tempest Mk.V has a fairly average level of survivability compared to most single engine fighters. In terms of armour, the pilot is protected by 16.9 mm of steel in their seat, and 44.5 mm of bulletproof glass at the front of the cockpit. This armour will protect the pilot against machine gun and some cannon rounds from the direct front and rear, but is fairly weak and does not cover all angles. The Napier Sabre 2 24 cylinder engine is somewhat robust, and should continue to function for some time after being hit with a few rounds. The plane will continue to fly after taking some hits to the fuselage, wings, or tail, but with increasingly dramatic reductions in manoeuvrability as more damage is taken. Especially hits to the wings dis-balance the plane, and make turning especially difficult. Overall the plane should not be expected to survive long against enemies with substantial levels of firepower (such as the MG-151 cannon).

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 720 → 2 211 Sl icon.png
RB3 920 → 5 041 Sl icon.png
SB7 010 → 9 014 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications40 100 Rp icon.png
77 200 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training48 000 Sl icon.png
Experts170 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 160 / 470 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
3 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods oil.png
150 octane fuel
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
3 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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HSBC mk.2
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Mods pilon bomb.png
HMBC mk.2
Research:
3 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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hispano_belt_pack
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
HLBC mk.2
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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hispano_mk5_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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HRC mk.8
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition800 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Tempest Mk V is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (4)
Setup 12 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
Setup 32 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
Setup 48 x RP-3 rockets

The Tempest Mk V can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

Climb with your team as high as you can muster (<4,000 m) and proceed to feast on anything the Spitfires above drop from their clouds. Speed is life and should never be wasted. Maintaining its velocity is the way of the Tempest in realistic battles.

The Tempest Mk. V excels at low to medium altitude battles, performing both as a Boom'n'Zoomer, ground attacker or energy fighter. To efficiently utilise its full engine power, do not get above 6,000 m or 19,000 ft, as the engine power drops significantly beyond that point. However, due to the supercharged engine, it outperforms aircraft like the Fw 190 D-9 by far at high altitudes (over 7,600 m or 25,000 ft) but gets obliterated by Ta 152Hs and some Bf 109 models, such as the K-4s and G-10s. To counter the BF109K-4, pilot Pierre Clostermann was quoted as saying:

"Tempest V. Messerschmitts: I kept on reminding my pilots to keep their speed above 300 mph, for Bf 109s could turn better than we could at low speed, and you had to watch out for the 30 mm cannon in their propeller - it didn't give you a second chance. The best technique was to do a spiral dive, work up to a speed of 450 mph, do a straight climb and then start all over again. The Bf 109s on the other hand, knowing that we dived faster than they did, tried to get us up to 16,000 feet, where our Tempests were heavy and our engines sluggish."

In Arcade battles, stick with WEP on and Boom & Zoom tactics. On realistic you can try the above strategy, but you may find that due to mouse aim some adaptations must be implemented. Don't lose sight of your attacker and be on guard for when his cannon fires. As soon as you see the barrel flash, you have about 0.7 seconds to take your plane out of the way, depending on the distance. At that point, you can throw off his aim by performing a low Yo-Yo to gain more speed and proceed to zoom away if you're below 3,000 m or 10,000 ft, because at this altitude your engine should provide enough power for you to outrun the BF109K-4 or G-10. However, you may find that the Tempest Mk.V is a cinder brick because you accelerate stupidly fast diving straight to the ground. When in trouble at high heights, dive like there is no tomorrow.

As a CAS fighter

Carrying payload vastly superior to that of Spitfires, and performing much better than the Hornet Mk.III when it comes to dogfights, the Tempest Mk V is a good pick for close air support in mixed ground battles. Its 2 x 1,000 lb bombs are enough to take out any tank within a 5 m radius, and the airframe is capable of pulling out of high-speed dives. It also has access to 8 y RP-3 rockets; while they may struggle to penetrate heavier tanks even from the side, a hit on the top of the turret will often knock out the target.

The 20 mm Hispano Mk.V's ground targets belt lacks power to penetrate medium and heavy tanks' turrets even when fired directly from above, but these guns are accurate enough to shoot engine decks from a fair distance, which often knocks out the engine and/or sets the fuel tanks on fire, even with just a few shots.

Eventually, once all ordnance has been expended, you can play an air superiority role by relying or your speed.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good climb rate
  • Excellent acceleration in dive
  • Good manoeuvrability at high speeds
  • Powerful engine providing both great acceleration and top speed below 3 km altitude
  • Strong airframe
  • Powerful armament with lots of ammo allowing to stay a long time in battle and ability to take out even four-engined bombers easily
  • Air belts are powerful against aircraft

Cons:

  • Poor engine performance at high altitudes
  • Sub-par manoeuvrability at low speeds

History


Archive of the in-game description

From its initial conception, the Hawker Tempest was conceived of as a replacement for the Typhoon, a fighter-bomber created by the Hawker company in 1941. The Typhoon had many deficiencies such as an unreliable engine, insufficient structural strength leading in some cases to the entire tail detaching, sub-standard rate of climb and a poor high altitude performance. Because of these it could not compete with the latest fighter of the time, the German Focke-Wolf FW190, and the Typhoon's was removed from its planned role as an interceptor and used mainly for ground strike missions. The Tempest prototype, first flown in February 1943, inherited some of the traits of its older brother, but experts took into account Hawker's negative experience and did their best to refine the aerodynamic shape of the new aircraft. The wing was slightly shorter, the profile more slender, and the back edge elliptical. To compensate for the fuel capacity lost in the new, thinner wings, another fuel tank was added to the fuselage which accounted for the increased length of the aircraft. Consequently, the tail section was also modified, most noticeably by a fairing fitted to the vertical fin's leading edge and an increase of the tail plane chord.

Due to the unavailability of Napier Sabre Mk IV engine, which was supposed to keep the new aircraft from having the Typhoon's "beard" radiator, the same Sabre Mk IIA engine, rated at 2180 HP, had to be installed; this was fitted with a de Havilland four bladed propeller. On the first batch of Tempests (100 aircraft) the armament stayed unchanged, but subsequent fighters had the long-barrelled Hispano Mk II gun replaced with the more rapid and light Hispano Mk V. The ammunition was also increased from 140 to 150 rounds per gun. Thanks to the strength of its wings, the aircraft could carry a substantial bomb load or two 500 lb or 1,000 lb bombs, two 45 or 90 gallon fuel tanks, or eight 76 mm rockets. The Tempest proved far more successful and popular with its pilots than the Typhoon, eliminating its predecessor's shortcomings.

Front line service for the Tempest began in April 1944, when 50 Tempest Mk Vs formed the first Tempest Wing at Newchurch. The Tempest Wing was particularly active in the build up to D-Day, but when the first German V-1 flying bombs began to fall on British soil, the Tempest was found to be one of the only fighters fast enough to counter the new threat. Fast, manoeuvrable and heavily armed, the Tempest was also able to prove a threat to the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter, with 20 262s being destroyed by Tempests. Some 1700 Tempests were manufactured until the aircraft was phased out of service with the RAF in 1949.


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