Ba.65 (K.14) L

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Ba.65 (K.14) L
Ba.65 (K.14) L
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The Ba.65 (K.14) L is a rank I Italian attacker with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

The Breda Ba.65 (K.14) L is a ground attacker of rank 1.0 (Reserve), which does its job well thanks to a high ammo count and the fact that it receives an air spawn in Realistic Battles (which makes up for the slow top speed). In Realistic, most of the time you will be flying against Russian planes or on some maps, Americans and British. Your tail gunner, which is armed with a 7.7 mm machine gun, will do medium to high amounts of damage if armed with Universal belts. The 7.7 mm machine gun is more dangerous the closer the enemy gets. If you get a chance at a head on, go for it because you will most likely win- the plane has very strong frontal armament for its tier.

The Ba.65 is one of few reserve aircraft with flaps. You can use it to slow down during a strafing run to put more rounds into the target. Also, if you've mapped different keys for small calibre and large calibre guns, the 7.7 mm machine guns will be recognized as small calibre and the 12.7 mm machine guns will be recognized as large calibre, and the guns will be able to fire separately. As for payload options, the 4 x 50 kg bombs are much more useful against the light ground targets you will see at this battle rating.

General info

Flight Performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
477 466 9800 29.9 30.9 5.9 5.7 730
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
501 490 9800 28.2 29.0 9.4 7.6 730


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
520 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 340 < 340 > 210
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,825 m 800 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

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Offensive armament

The Ba.65 (K.14) L is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT da 12.7 mm machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT da 7.7 mm machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

The Ba.65 (K.14) L can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (200 kg total)

Defensive armament

The Ba.65 (K.14) L is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT da 7.7 mm machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Although the Ba.65 is an attacker, it can be used in an anti-fighter role with much success. The plane receives an airspawn which invariably allows it a significant altitude advantage over enemy fighters. Boom and zoom tactics therefore become very effective against slow, climbing, enemies. The Ba.65 has very good armament for its battle rating, and they will be enough to destroy any enemy fighter with one precise diving attack.

Otherwise, the Ba.65 can also be used effectively in the intended ground attack role. Use it's airspawn to gain speed in a dive and reach the target before enemy fighters arrive. Then, the plane's bomb load are able to take out armoured ground targets, and its devastating frontal armament can kill many more lightly and non armoured targets/

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm MCGP50
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs Turret 7 mm
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 12 mm MCSAP100
IV Cover New 12 mm MGs New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Insane armament count, capable of downing planes in a few seconds
  • Machine guns are very powerful against reserve tier planes
  • Good bomb load
  • Protected from most rear threats by the turret
  • Decent energy retention
  • Airspawn


  • Slow top speed and acceleration
  • Inferior turn rate compared to most biplanes
  • Catches fire easily
  • No armour or pilot protection
  • Low survivability


The Breda Ba.65 Nibbio (Kite) is an Italian interwar, twin seater combat aircraft that was designed with versatility in mind. The aircraft was intended to perform a multitude of combat tasks ranging from conventional ground attack to intercepting hostile aircraft. However, due to many shortcomings of the Ba.65, it was later confined to pure ground support roles, and at the end of the war, converted to a trainer aircraft. Contrary to the positive first impressions that the aircraft left on it’s maiden flight in 1935, is the relative unpopularity among its crew due to the difficulties they faced while operating it.

Nevertheless, over 200 Ba.65 aircraft were built between 1935 and 1939. The aircraft fought on several theaters of war such as in Spain and North Africa, whilst some versions were also exported to Chile and Iraq.

- From the Devblog


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See also

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Italy strike aircraft
  Ba.65 (K.14) L · Breda 88 (P.XI) · F.C.20 Bis · P.108A serie 2
  Ro.57 Quadriarma · SM.91 · SM.92
Germany  ▄Bf 110 G-4 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania)