Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)

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Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.8 tEmpty weight
6.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
sec21.0/21.0/20.1Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Napier Sabre 2Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
880 km/hStructural
361 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 47 mm Vickers P cannonWeapon 1
72 roundsAmmunition
72 shots/minFire rate
70 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
230 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 544 / 5 970/4 896 / 6 433/1 810 / 2 378Repair
65 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
230 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.60 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Tempest Mk V (Vickers P). For other uses, see Tempest (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Tempest Mk V Vickers P.jpg

The Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) is a Rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
621 604 10,000 23.9 24.6 14.4 14.4 460
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 10,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 460


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
880 340 470 ~10 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 473 < 490 < 530 > 350
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

  • 44.45 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 16.9 mm Steel - Armor plate in pilot's seat


Offensive armament

Main article: Vickers P (47 mm)

The Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) is armed with:

  • 2 x 47 mm Vickers P cannon, wing-mounted (36 rpg = 72 total)

Usage in the battles

This plane with its 2 x 47 mm cannons on each side with only armour piercing ammo (by default) with no other armament is clearly made for the ground attack role. It's definitely not a fighter as the heavy cannons make it very hard to manoeuvre, but once fully modified it has the ability to be the most unstoppable plane in its role . The Tempest Vickers Mk V equipped with the Vickers 47 mm cannons is an absolute tank buster when used correctly. Engaging enemy planes should only be done when they are distracted, and make sure to keep your speed high so that you can disengage by running away.

The Tempest can easily take out any light, medium, and most heavy tanks when the attack is made from the correct angle. You can hit light tanks from any angle, medium tanks from side or rear and you want to take the heavies from the rear. Light pillboxes are also easily destroyed. In addition the 76 rounds you get may not sound like a lot, but trust me you will find it more than enough more time than most.

The best defense of the Tempest Vickers P is its speed. Almost all of the planes it will face will not be able to match its level flight speed. However, stay alert for enemy planes, because if they come out of a dive, they will be able to catch up to you. If you spot an enemy plane in the distance, start running to friendly aircraft before the enemy gets too close. In a dive, the Tempest can easily reach speeds of close to 800 kph. In level flight you will slowly reach about 620 kph using WEP, and 590 kph without it (note that these speeds are at sea level). The Tempest will lose a lot of energy in turns, so try to make smooth manoeuvres. Finally, your water and oil will start to overheat after prolonged use of WEP. Going to 100% power will cool your plane down again.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV 150 Octane Fuel Engine Injection Cover New 47 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • 2 x 47 mm guns great at destroying armoured targets
  • Very high level speed
  • Great manoeuvrability at high speeds
  • Big ammo supply
  • Very agile for attacker
  • In hands of skilled player, this plane can be use as not bad fighter


  • Only real defense against other aircraft is its speed
  • No bombs or rockets
  • Lose lot of speed in turn fighting
  • Has only AP round
  • Can't destroy pillbox
  • Hard to aim, the cannon far from the center of the plane
  • Not recommended to use on maps with ships and pillbox
  • Low rate of fire


The Tempest Vickers P was a concept plane designed due to the lacking ability of the 40 mm armed hurricane IID in destroying Tiger 1 tanks in north Africa, The air staff put out an issue in 1942 for a 47 mm airborne anti-tank gun which would fire a 4 lb 9oz (2.07kg) solid AP shot at 2,650 fps (808 m/s) with a rate of fire no less then 60 rounds a minute.

Vickers were contracted to make the rounds, case piece was 326 mm long, the rim diameter at 59.7 mm with the body diameter at 52.3 mm, the shot was typical of most other British rounds of the time, solid AP shot with no HE filler, overall with the shot fitted the round was 474 mm long.

The gun it's self was in contest by three firms of the time, Vickers, Rolls-Royce and the war office design department, the project was known as the "class P gun" as such the competing designs were known as PV (Vickers) PR (Rolls-Royce) PC (for the Chief superintendent of armament design in the war office).

Complete information about the three projects does not appear to have survived. The PR gun was designed with two different barrel lengths, a 70-calibre barrel (with which the muzzle velocity was calculated to be 2,675 fps or 815 m/s) which was about 4.3 m long overall, and a 52-calibre version. The gun was belt-fed and used a long-recoil design; the weapon recoiled 66 cm on firing, generating a peak recoil of just over 2,000 kg. The PC gun weighed 250-270 kg and recoiled only 30 cm, thereby generating a stronger peak recoil of 3,560 kg. This was magazine fed with two alternative designs; a 30-round flat box lying across the gun's body, and a 34-36 round drum wrapped around the rear of the gun. Overall length was 4.5-4.7 m respectively. No information is recorded about the PV gun.

The PV and PC guns were made but were not ready for firing until close to the end of the war. The PR gun was cancelled before completion during the war when Rolls-Royce were directed to cease work on guns. None of the Class P guns proceeded beyond the prototype stage. However a Tempest V was fitted with two of the Vickers guns in under-wing pods just after the war, but no records have been found concerning this installation


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