Vautour IIA (Israel)

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Vautour IIA
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Vautour IIA
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Description

The Vautour IIA was a jet-powered attack aircraft designed by France during the 1950s. It was operated by Israel alongside the IIN variant. Armed with cannons and rockets, it was used in aerial reconnaissance duties but had the capabilities to perform Close Air Support missions thanks to its large amount of anti-ground ordnance.

Introduced in Update "Winged Lions", the Vautour IIA has very good flight performance compared to most bombers. The engines of the Vautour can beat most subsonic jets, both in top speed and acceleration. The aircraft has decent manoeuvrability for a bomber, and since it lacks any way to guide bombs precisely to its destination it's better used in low level attacks, flying close to the ground and dropping the bombs close to the target. These can be dangerous but is the most effective way to destroy enemy bases and ground units.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 0 m1 100 km/h
Turn time32 s
Max altitude15 000 m
Engine2 х SNECMA Atar 101E3
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight21 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,093 1,091 15000 32.6 33.2 43.0 41.1 900
Upgraded 1,106 1,100 31.4 32.0 62.7 52.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,166 425 584 564 463 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 480 < 620 < 590 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 101E3 2 11,000 kg 316 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,974 kg 13,388 kg 14,213 kg 21,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,293 kgf N/A 0.55 0.49 0.46 0.31
Optimal 3,595 kgf
(1,100 km/h)
N/A 0.60 0.54 0.51 0.34

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear425 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. 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 aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 811 → 3 820 Sl icon.png
RB10 703 → 14 545 Sl icon.png
SB15 618 → 21 224 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications140 900 Rp icon.png
221 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training130 000 Sl icon.png
Experts450 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 260 / 600 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
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Cost:
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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G-suit
Research:
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Cost:
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700 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Matra T10 140
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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250/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Matra T10 151
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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360/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Matra SNEB
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
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500/50 G.P.
Research:
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Cost:
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Shafrir
Research:
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Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 551 (30 mm)

The Vautour IIA (Israel) is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm DEFA 551 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The Vautour IIA (Israel) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5
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100/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
250/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
360/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
500/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 2 1 1
SNEB type 23 rockets 19 19 19 19
T10 140 rockets 6 6 6 6
T10 151 rockets 6 6 6 6
Shafrir missiles 1 1 1 1
Default weapon presets
  • 10 x 100/50 kg G.P. bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 4 x Shafrir missiles
  • 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets
  • 24 x T10 151 rockets
  • 10 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,500 kg total)
  • 10 x 360/50 kg G.P. bombs (3,600 kg total)
  • 6 x 500/50 kg G.P. bombs (3,000 kg total)

Usage in battles

Air Arcade Battles

In Air Arcade, the Vautour may face more advanced radar and IR missiles. In this case, the best option is to use it as a bomber, climbing to more than 9,000 m and bombing bases or ground targets using the bomb reticle. It can also be used to attack distracted players as a support aircraft thanks to the 4 missiles and relatively good handling of the plane.

Air Realistic Battles

The Vautour IIA can be used in 2 ways in air RB with ease: as an interceptor and as a bomber. In bomb runs, the plane is vulnerable to enemy interceptors like MiG-21s, MiG-19s, and F-104s since these are the fastest and carry air-to-air missiles. In this scenario, pilots should try to stick with their team, to allow them to cover while returning to the airfield. The best ordnance combination in order to retain some air-to-air capabilities and destroy a full base is a loadout of 6 x 360/50 kg G.P. bombs, 2 x 500/50 kg G.P. bombs, and 2 Shafrir missiles. Once the bombs are released, turn back to the safety of your team and use the missiles to kill any distracted enemies, assist teammates, or kill any AI planes.

When used as an interceptor, stay back and behind your team. Once the fight starts and enemies are slow and distracted, launch missiles at the most dangerous targets, mainly fast planes without flares like MiG-21s, MiG-19s. Missiles have the best performance at high altitudes, where they will travel further and retain speed more easily thanks to the thinner air. The Vautour also has reasonable manoeuvrability for its size, though it will quickly lose its energy in a sustained turnfight: this can be used to intrude on dogfights, briefly get the four powerful DEFA cannons on target and fire off a short burst, and then zoom away from danger.

Simulator Battles

In Simulator, the Vautour IIA suffers from a lack of radar, radar warning receiver, countermeasures, and bomb sight, meaning that the SPAA from bases and other planes will typically have an easy time fighting you, in this cases, the best players can do is attack concentrations of ground targets with cover from allied planes.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Effective DEFA cannons with excellent damage
  • Wide variety of bomb and rocket payloads for ground targets
  • Has Shafrir missiles for possible self-defence against air targets
  • Decent manoeuvrability and energy retention for a bomber

Cons:

  • Shafrir missiles are not very manoeuvrable against fighter targets
  • Has no bomber sight or ballistic computer
  • High compression at speeds above 1,050 km/h
  • Guns are quite inaccurate without upgrades installed

History

The Vautour IIA was a jet bomber ordered by the French Army as a jet bomber with low level attack and the ability to operate in all weather. France and Israel worked together on defense, such as on nuclear, aviation, and research for armaments. Israel was motivated to buy the Vautour to counteract the Egyptian IL-28, purchased from the Soviet Union. A total of 30 IIAs were produced, with 25 going to Israel.[1]

The IIA was a single-seat, long-range attack aircraft armed with cannons and bombs. It was operated by the "Knights of the Heart" squadron out of Ramat David Airbase. The Vautour was used as aerial reconnaissance during the Six-Day War, as well as later in the 1960s. They were replaced by the A-4 Skyhawk and the F4-E Phantom II. The Vautour was retired in 1972, with the "Knights of the Heart" division replacing them with the Skyhawk.

Media

Skins

See also

Related development

External links

References

  1. "Sud-Ouest S.O. 4050 Vautour." IAF Aircraft Inventory. Jewish Virtual Library. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/sud-ouest-s-o-4050-vautour.


SNCA SO (Société nationale des constructions aéronautiques du sud-ouest)
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Export  Vautour IIA IDF/AF · Vautour IIA · Vautour IIN

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