Brigand B 1

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Brigand B 1
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The Brigand B 1 is a rank IV British light bomber with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 4.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".

This plane is a pure bomber hunter and ground attack aircraft. If there are no bombers for you to hunt, switch to heading on fighters. Should you survive to late match and find that the tickets will decide the match then you may load up air to ground weapons, but not before that.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 4 267 m580 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude10 300 m
Engine2 х Bristol Centaurus 57
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight18 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 552 540 10300 27.2 28.0 11.0 11.0 600
Upgraded 613 580 24.9 26.0 19.8 14.7


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
680 342 450 450 270 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 390 < 390 > 327

Engine performance

Engine Name Number present
Bristol Centaurus 57 18-cylinder 2
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
1,220 kg Radial Air
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,853 hp 2,273 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,830 hp 2,250 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 2,428 hp 2,848 hp
Realistic/Simulator 2,100 hp 2,520 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural680 km/h
Gear342 km/h
  • 64 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in the fuselage.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 510 → 3 152 Sl icon.png
RB8 070 → 10 135 Sl icon.png
SB8 370 → 10 512 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications52 700 Rp icon.png
111 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training68 000 Sl icon.png
Experts240 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces520 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 280 / 350 % Sl icon.png
172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
2 600 Rp icon.png
5 500 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
2 600 Rp icon.png
5 500 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
8 400 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
4 400 Rp icon.png
9 300 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
4 400 Rp icon.png
9 300 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
5 700 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
4 000 Rp icon.png
8 400 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
5 700 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
2 600 Rp icon.png
5 500 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
HMBC mk.2
2 600 Rp icon.png
5 500 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
HLBC mk.2
4 000 Rp icon.png
8 400 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
4 400 Rp icon.png
9 300 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
HRC mk.8
5 700 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition800 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Brigand B 1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups4
List of setups
Setup 12 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 38 x RP-3 rockets
8 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 42 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
8 x RP-3 rockets
8 x RP-3 rockets

The Brigand B 1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 16 x RP-3 rockets
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs + 16 x RP-3 rockets (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

In AB and RB, you should immediately bomber hunt, as those will be your easiest kills, combined with your bomber altitude, you should stay high until you run out of targets to engage then you should go for injured fighters and ground targets. When diving, use your airbrakes to be sure not to exceed your maximum speed in a dive.

How to offensively Engage an enemy aircraft:
The first thing you should do is head on. Your four Hispano guns will completely obliterate any aircraft from the front with a 3-second burst. In your head on you should open fire as far out as you feel comfortable, then turn out immediately after you hit him, as you don't want him to change direction until after your volley hits home.

How to perform defensive fighting:
Should an enemy get on your six, your best bet is to bolt towards allied fighters/airfield and give the enemy a hard time aiming at you. While moving in the same general direction, dart your nose around and play with the roll, rudder and rise, if you are lucky he'll either overshoot, run out of ammo, or get shot down. Under no circumstance should you ever turn fight anything smaller than a medium bomber, otherwise you will bleed off your speed or the attacker will out turn you and acquire a firing solution.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Great armament of four nose-mounted Hispano V's
  • Bomber spawn (AB and RB)
  • Decently manoeuvrable for an aircraft of its size, especially with combat flaps
  • Plenty of ammo
  • Good attack payloads of 2,000 lbs or 16 RP-3 Rockets, even mixed
  • Very good cockpit visibility
  • Heavy armour on the nose of aircraft for head-ons
  • Good diver
  • Air brakes that provide lift upon usage


  • Generally slow
  • Average climb rate
  • Massive target
  • No defensive gunners on the aircraft
  • Air brakes lack performance under 600 km/h
  • Early bomb modifications are mounted far on the wings, making them hard to aim
  • Bad roll rate
  • Poor performance at high altitude


Designed to replace the famous Bristol Beaufighter series, The Bristol Type 164 "Brigand" was based on the already in production Bristol Buckingham, a transport/liaison aircraft intended to have been a medium bomber like the Wellington. Because of this, the Brigand was substantially larger than it's predecessor and its performance suffered in suite. Originally conceived as a fast torpedo attacker, the Brigand turned out to be a heavy strike bomber, and only the first eleven airframes were never torpedo capable.

The Brigand B.1 as we see in-game would first see service with No. 84 and No. 8 Sqn RAF in Aden, modern-day Yemen. while not seeing action, the dry hot Climate of the Arabian peninsula was ideal for the Brigand and production continued. The Brigand would next be handed over to the Beaufighter squadron No. 45 based out of Tengah, Singapore in engaging Communist Guerillas in and around Malaya (Modern day Malaysia). It was here where the Brigand would receive its trial of fire, bombing and rocketing swathes of the South-East Asian Jungles on the hunt for this red menace (sound familiar?). However, the Humid climate and constant stress from Dive bombing would be the death sentence for this aircraft. The Leather and Rubber seals used on the hydraulic jacks of the landing gear and dive brakes rotted away, causing gear failures and some dive brakes failing, leading to crashes and wing tearing. This combined with the Brigand's wings being unable to cope with the constant dive-bombing led to it being withdrawn from service in Malaya by 1952, and from Aden by 1954.



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Bristol Aeroplane Company
Fighters  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21*
Bombers  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII* · Brigand B 1
  * License-produced in Australia by Department of Aircraft Production.

Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Attackers  ▄Wirraway