Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France)
|This page is about the jet bomber Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France). For other versions, see S.O.4050 Vautour IIA and S.O.4050 Vautour IIB.|
The Vautour IIA IDF/AF is a premium gift rank V French jet bomber with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB) and 9.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
Like most bombers, the Israeli Vautour has decent maneuverability (for a bomber mind you), but you shouldn't be turning with anything to begin with. Where this plane really shines is the acceleration owing to the two powerful engines in the underling nacelles and the heavy air frame. Which makes it amazing in the vertical. But since you can't have everything, the wings will break in prolonged >7g maneuvers. Essentially you don't want to do any insane maneuvers, and risk getting sent back to the hanger.
|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)|
|< 480||< 620||< 590||N/A|
|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 (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|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||8m fuel||20m fuel||27m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 3,595 kgf
Survivability and armour
- 2 mm steel behind rearmost fuel tank
- 2 mm steel in the rear fuselage
- 3 mm steel surrounding the pilot
- 6 mm steel in front of pilot's controls
- 13.5 mm steel in front of pilot's controls
- 13.5 mm steel headrest
- 50 mm bulletproof in front of pilot
- Self-sealing fuel tanks (4 in the fuselage, 1 in each wing)
This thing can take quite a lot of punishment before going down due to the bomber's damage model.
Modifications and economy
The Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France) is armed with:
- 4 x 30 mm DEFA 551 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 400 total)
The Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,500 lb total)
- 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,000 lb total)
- 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 8 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total)
- 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (6,000 lb total)
- 24 x T10 140 rockets
- 24 x T10 151 rockets
- 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets
- 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (1,500 lb total)
- 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (3,000 lb total)
- 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (4,500 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (2,000 lb total)
- 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (1,500 lb total)
- 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (3,000 lb total)
- 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (4,500 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (2,000 lb total)
- 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets (1,500 lb total)
- 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets (3,000 lb total)
- 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets (4,500 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets (2,000 lb total)
- 4 x Shafrir missiles
Usage in battles
- The regular "rush the base and run away" style that all Jet bombers can do and excel at. There's nothing wrong with this, but it's not where the Vautour excels.
- Ignore all the other payloads and load up on missiles. This arguably the more interesting way to play, but there are risks involved as well. i.e. having the whole enemy team pick the Vautour as a priority target.
If you take the missiles, here's how you want to play it:
Look for high altitude dots , these usually mean other jet bombers or the odd Tu-4. The missiles are not that effective at a range greater then 1 km. The farther that missiles are fired, the greater the chance of the locked-on enemy have in evading the missile. On the off hand that the first missile misses, the Vautour has four of them so a follow-up shot is an encouraged option.
Once in a while, look around and support your team, especially the teammates that are engaging the enemy. If an ally has an enemy at their tail, work around towards the enemy's rear and fire off a missile to take care of them. This can be beneficial if a long chain of alternating enemy and ally fighters have gotten together as each of them try to hit the fighter at their front and evade the fighter at their tail. If able to pounce on these chains, come in from the very rear and take out the very last enemy fighter in this chain. This will either cause the chain to break-up, potentially freeing up pressure on your allies, or the chain will continue without noticing the Vautour's presence. In the latter case, continue towards the next enemy and take them out one-by-one.
Once all missiles are expended, switch to the guns, which are powerful enough to take care of any enemies unfortunate to be in front of them. However, high-speeds will cause the controls to be less responsive, so fine-manoeuvring for these gun-runs may be difficult. If the gun pass misses, itch up and use the Vautour's amazing vertical energy retention to reset and try again. Usually the guns don't get much use as the missiles will completely over shadow them.
Overall this plane destroys people who don't pay attention and or make bad plays. The most effective way to lock it down is to simply look back every now and then, just to make sure nothing's behind you.
- Enemies of note
F-100's: These things will out speed you and outmaneuver you in the vertical. If one happens to latch onto your 6, drag him away from his friends and force him to overshoot. Then assuming the reversal was successful, throw a missile at them. Most F-100 may not be aware that the Vautour has missiles, and so firing off a missile can destroy the F-100 while it is supersonic.
Vautours: The Vautour's great performance means its greatest enemy is going to be itself. Be especially wary on maps like Hokkaido where there's thick cloud cover. They have a tendency to come out of nowhere, destroy you and retreat back into the cloud cover like some air-borne monster.
Pros and cons
- Normally able to reach bombing points before being intercepted
- Good top speed, able to keep up with fighters at its rank
- Good energy retention
- Versatile, has access to a wide range of ordinance including air to air missiles
- Poor manoeuvrability
- Vulnerable to missiles
- Transonic and supersonic aircraft can easily match your speed
- Shafrir missiles are only slightly better than AIM-9Bs
- Missiles have a very limited range, 2.5 km optimal range
- No bombing sight
- Unguided rockets are inaccurate
The French Vautour twin-engine bomber had been produced in three variants between 1956 and 1959. In 1960, after four years in service, the French Armee de l'Air divested itself of its 25 surviving Vautour II-A single seat ground attack planes, along with its 40 II-B two-seater bombers, selling them to Israel, which kept them in service until the 1970s.
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