Breda 88 (P.XI)

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Breda 88 (P.XI)
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
6.8 tTake-off weight
1.17 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 800 mCeiling
2 х Piaggio P.XI. R.C. 40Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
712.5 km/hStructural
262 km/hGear
Offensive armament
3 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
1 250 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
3 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
3 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 300 / 1 619/860 / 1 071/530 / 660Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
230 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png60 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Breda88.jpg

The Breda 88 (P.XI) is a rank II Italian attacker with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
476 463 9 800 29.9 30.9 6 5.9 730
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
504 490 9 800 28.1 29.0 9.3 7.6 730


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
425 ~9 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 360 < 320 < 400 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,000 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

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.


Offensive armament

Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The Breda 88 (P.XI) is armed with:

  • 3 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (375 rpg top + 425 rpg middle + 450 rpg bottom = 1,250 total)

The three machine guns are arranged and located in the nose of the aircraft. Each is armed with different amounts of ammunition, which means that when all guns fire they will run empty at different times.

Suspended armament

The Breda 88 (P.XI) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 3 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (150 kg total)
  • 3 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (300 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)

The Breda 88 (P.XI) is defended by:

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

Usage in battles

The Breda Ba.88 (P.XI) should be used to attack ground targets. It can be difficult to be used as a heavy fighter as your pilot is extremely vulnerable. Try to avoid enemy planes if possible as any enemy plane that engages you may be fatal for the plane's crew. Also note this plane can carry bombs, but it does not have air brakes and or a bomb sight, so you must manually slow down and estimate the payload release on target.

Manual Engine Control

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


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

Pros and cons


  • Tremendous fuel load (33 minutes of fuel is the minimum).
  • Reasonable armament with a high chance of igniting fuel tanks.


  • Lack of armour or bulletproof glass for protection of crew.
  • Poor roll rate, turn time, rate of climb and top speed.
  • Will absolutely get murdered in a turn fight.
  • Plane is prone to pilot snipe.
  • Poor defensive armament.
  • Does not have bomb sight.


The Breda Ba.88 was a Italian heavy fighter bomber that was made for the Regia Aeronautica's 1936 requirement for a twin engine heavy fighter capable of 329 mph, 2000 km range, and capable of carrying 20 mm cannons. It made its debut around late 1936 to 1937 and during its evaluation it was a promising design. Standard firepower of the plane was three 12.7 mm Breda SAFAT machine guns in the nose and a gunner in the dorsal turret with a 7.7 mm Breda SAFAT machine gun. The prototype aircraft flew with two Isotta-Fraschini K14 series while production models of the plane had two Piaggio P.XI RC.40 "Stella" 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engines capable of 1,000 hp each, setting several new world speed records in 1937, with speeds in the 550 km/h range. By 1938-39 the Breda Ba.88 came into production but it would be retired in 1941 with only 149 made, after only brief service in Libya in the summer of 1940. The plane was found to perform much more poorly with an operational bombload and unsuitable for the designated role of heavy fighter/assault.


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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Italy attackers
Ba.65 (K.14) L · Breda 88 (P.XI) · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · P.108A serie 2 · SM.91 · SM.92