XA-38

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XA-38
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XA-38
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Description

The XA-38 Grizzly is a premium rank IV American strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.7 (RB), and 4.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 573 m616 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude8 000 m
Engine2 х Wright R-3350-43
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight15 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 595 574 8000 29.2 30.1 8.7 8.7 700
Upgraded 638 616 26.9 28.0 14.6 11.4

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 + -
714 350 333 325 280 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 270 < 400 > 390

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural714 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 9.5 mm steel - in front of the cockpit
  • 7 mm steel - sides of the cockpit
  • 7 mm steel - below the cockpit
  • 12.7 mm steel - pilot's seat
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - in front of the pilot (inside the cockpit)
  • 7 mm steel - below the rear gunner
  • 9.5 mm steel - aft of rear gunner
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - aft of rear gunner (inside aircraft)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 200 Sl icon.png
RB1 600 Sl icon.png
SB1 410 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts270 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces870 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 180 / 280 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
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bmg50_belt_pack
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Mods ammo.png
m4_75mm_belt_pack
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Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk.41
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bmg50_new_gun
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SBC-25
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bmg50_turret_belt_pack
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m4_75mm_new_gun
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MBC-25

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 175 mm M10 cannon
Ammunition20 rounds
Fire rate27 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The XA-38 is armed with:

  • 1 x 75 mm M10 cannon, nose-mounted (20 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, chin-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 14 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 24 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Setup 34 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb

The XA-38 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (400 lb total)
  • 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The XA-38 is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

When flying the XA-38 Grizzly, do note it can be used as either an interceptor (bomber hunter) or a ground attack/close air support aircraft. It's best to fire your machine guns or your 75 mm cannon separately as they both aim differently.

Bomber Hunter

The XA-38 Grizzly can be used as a bomber hunter. The ammo of choice when dealing with enemy bombers is HEI-T: 1 single hit from this shell will destroy any airframe.

Ground Attack/Close Air Support

The XA-38 is a great plane for ground pounding. The 75 mm cannon AP-T can reliably destroy pillboxes, medium tanks and light tanks, while the HEI-T can destroy any thinly armoured vehicles. The option to carry 4x 500 lbs bombs also gives some extra opportunities for killing targets, although these are wing-mounted bombs, which are not only inaccurate but also hamper your speed somewhat. In Air RB, these bombs often work best to eliminate AA and armoured cars at the back of tank convoys, clearing any potential anti-aircraft fire before engaging the tanks.

The Grizzly is a fast aircraft, and this should be used to your advantage. Dive in fast and escape fast and you can effectively dodge AA fire, as well as outrun some enemy fighters at low speed, especially when top tier. Also, the .50 cal gun turrets can be used to strafe ground targets after your first pass, although it's recommended to load the armoured target or universal belts to ensure maximum damage. These guns are quite accurate, have a good rate of fire, and can eliminate light tanks and light pillboxes.

The drawbacks to the Grizzly come with its main armament. The 75 mm gun, while immensely powerful, has a very slow rate of fire, meaning you're only likely to get two shots maximum at a target before you pass over it. Also, while it can kill light pillboxes, it might take multiple hits, which can be a waste of ammo since the gun only has 20 shells total. Don't be afraid to use your machine guns in addition to the cannon when targeting pillboxes. These MGs, while effective, are also lacking. There are only two of them, and they carry mid-war belts, meaning they don't pack as much punch as a lot of the 12.7 mm MGs on a lot of American fighter-bombers at this same tier. Thankfully, they are nose-mounted, meaning they're very accurate even at long ranges.

Finally, the Grizzly can be an easy target for low-altitude interception. The fuselage is a large target compared to single-engined planes, and only having one, very exposed gunner means you can lose your defensive armament immediately when attacked from above. Use your good speed and decent turn time to avoid shots and spray interceptors with the .50 cal guns to ward them off. Also, avoid head-ons. While the 75 mm might be tempting as a one-shot-machine, its poor rate of fire and long-range accuracy makes it useless in head-on engagements against the many cannon-armed fighters you face at this tier. Your MGs also won't be much help since there are only two of them. Keep fighters behind or away from you and use your gunners' excellent firing arcs and ammo counts to ward off opponents.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good survivability:
    • Protected from every angle of attack by two .50 calibre machine gun turrets
    • Can tank quite a bit of damage
    • Reasonably fast for an attack aircraft
    • Reasonably manoeuvrable
  • Devastating main armament:
    • Incredible destructive capabilities of the 75 mm HEI-T shells, will decimate any aerial targets upon contact
    • Fantastic anti-armour capabilities with the AP-T shells. The AP-T shells carry characteristics of APHE shells, minimizing the number of hits on a selected target to destroy them
    • 75 mm M10 cannon has great accuracy at close ranges
    • Cannon can penetrate destroyers and the lightly armoured sections of cruisers
  • Can use the two forward-firing .50 calibre machine guns vs. fighter aircraft and light targets

Cons:

  • Poor flight performance
    • Terrible manoeuvrability at low speeds
    • Bad climb rate
    • Cannot turn without bleeding too much speed
    • Will red-line and compress at ~690-700 km/h (~429-435 mph)
  • A single crew member operates the two defensive turrets: you will lose all defensive capabilities if the turret operator is knocked out
  • Main armament difficult to master
    • 75 mm M10 cannon has a low muzzle velocity
    • 75 mm M10 cannon lacks accuracy for long-range shooting
    • Massive shell drop-off
    • Limited cannon ammunition (20 rounds)
  • Only two .50 calibre machine guns

History

In December of 1942, the USAAF gave Beech Aircraft Corporation a contract to construct 2 prototypes of their Model 28 Destroyer. The Model 28 started off as a bomber design, but was changed to a ground attack aircraft, in order to replace the A-20 Havoc in service. The design included a 75 mm cannon in order to ensure the plane could destroy armoured bunkers and tanks. 20 rounds were carried for the 75 mm cannon. There were also two .50 in Browning machine guns in the nose. There was a ventral and dorsal turret for self defense, with two .50 in Browning machine guns in each. The aircraft carried a crew of two, the pilot and the gunner. The gunner controlled both defensive turrets by remote control, using periscopes to aim. The Model 28, redesignated as the XA-38 Grizzly, started testing in 1944. It was proven to be reliable, and flew well in all regards for an attack aircraft. In addition, the armament was especially powerful and potent. However, the aircraft was never ordered, and never entered service.

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See also

Similar aircraft fitted with a large-calibre gun

External links


Beechcraft Aircraft Corporation
Attacker  XA-38

USA strike aircraft
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
Other  AM-1 · AU-1 · XA-38

USA premium aircraft
Fighters  Thach's F2A-1 · Galer's F3F-2 · F2G-1 · F4U-4B VMF-214 · P-26A-34 · P-40C · P-43A-1
  P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-51A · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · ␠Kingcobra · XP-55
  ▃A6M2 · ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · YP-38 · P-61A-1 · XF5F · XP-50 · F7F-3
Jet fighters  P-59A · F-86F-35 · F-89B · F-89D · F-5C
Strike aircraft  A2D-1 · AU-1 · XA-38 · AV-8A
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · B-10B · BTD-1 · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PV-2D