Canberra B Mk 2

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This page is about the British jet bomber Canberra B Mk 2. For other versions, see Canberra (Family).
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Canberra B Mk 2
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The Canberra B Mk 2 is a rank V British jet bomber with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB), 8.3 (RB), and 7.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 3 000 m880 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude12 192 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.101
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight21 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 835 809 12192 26.9 27.6 14.8 13.4 750
Upgraded 915 880 25.4 26.0 25.7 20.0


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
Combat Take-off Landing + -
990 450 520 520 320 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 590 < 550 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.101 2 10,300 kg 171 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 15m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 50m fuel
800 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,800 kg 12,280 kg 13,240 kg 14,680 kg 15,160 kg 20,865 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 15m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 50m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,850 kgf N/A 0.48 0.46 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.27
Optimal 2,850 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.48 0.46 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.27

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural990 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the fuselage of the aircraft (fuel, pilot, controls)
  • Engines in wings

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB10 320 → 12 838 Sl icon.png
RB20 000 → 24 879 Sl icon.png
SB41 240 → 51 302 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications83 400 Rp icon.png
134 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training78 000 Sl icon.png
Experts270 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 350 / 270 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
8 300 Rp icon.png
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
9 400 Rp icon.png
15 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
10 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
14 000 Rp icon.png
23 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
9 400 Rp icon.png
15 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
14 000 Rp icon.png
23 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
EEMBC No.2 Mark 1
8 300 Rp icon.png
13 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
EELBC No.2 Mark 4
10 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png


Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 19 x 500 lb H.E. M.C. Mk.II bomb
Setup 26 x 1000 lb G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 31 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb
2 x 1000 lb G.P. Mk.I bomb

The Canberra B Mk 2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (4,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 4,000 lb H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (6,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Climbing high to around 10 kilometres will save you from most predators and AA fire in both AB and RB as the Canberra has one of the best climb rates and high-alt performances in the game. Watch out for the Me 163 and Ki-200. The standard tactic for the Canberra is to bomb the enemy bases and airfield, while keep climbing to stay out of reach from fighters. This tactic can be better if in a squadron with multiple Canberra, thus at least one can get past any defences to destroy the enemy's bases. Using the 6 x 1,000 lb payload is recommended for usage on bases while 1 x 4,000 lb + 2 x 1,000 lb payload works best when used on airfields.

Pros and cons


  • Good stock engine power
  • Good stock acceleration speed
  • Powerful airbrakes
  • Good top speed for such a large aircraft
  • Decent payload
  • High service ceiling(max. altitude)
  • Great climb rate


  • May rip wings by going straight for a while without intelligent use of air-brakes
  • Large target
  • Likely to be a big target for fighter aircraft with an air-spawn
  • BR 7.7, due to which it will meet MiG-15 Bis, Yak 30 and other planes that out speed, out turn, out dive and obviously outgun you
  • An easy target for anything with guns that can go over 800 km/h
  • First few fights will be running to a base, bombing the base and ending up dead by enemy jets


The Canberra B Mk.2 was created in 1949 to replace the Mosquito fast bomber. It was designed to have outstanding high altitude performance and speed, being unparalleled for 10 years. Despite the RAF originally expecting the Canberra to be obsolete within a few years of entering service, so much so that work to develop a replacement (eventually leading to the TSR-2) was started before it had even entered service, it would go on to be one of the RAF's longest serving aircraft. The Canberra remined in front line service with the RAF until its retirement in 2006, some 55 years after it first entered service (although it spent a lot of that time in the photo-reconnaissance role, as opposed to its original purpose as a bomber). The Canberra was replaced in the strategic bomber role by the Valiant (and other V-bombers), and in the strike role by the Buccaneer (following the cancellation of the TSR-2 programme). It established a world altitude record of 21,430 m in 1957 and was the first jet-powered aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight.

In-game description

Whilst the United States and the Soviet Union were, in many ways, running ahead of Britain during the early development of jet fighters, Britain would at least keep up if not forge ahead with its very first jet bomber – the legendary English Electric Canberra.

The origins of the Canberra lay in 1944 when the Air Ministry called for a replacement for the de Havilland Mosquito in the light bomber role – a fast, agile tactical bomber was required by RAF Bomber Command to move into the jet age. English Electric set to work under Chief Engineer WEW Petter, who envisaged a bomber built around straight wings of a large area, and two of the new Rolls-Royce Avon jet engines. The prototype first flew in May 1949, with Typhoon-ace Roland Beamont at the controls. The Chief Test Pilot remarked that the aircraft was practically free of vices and possessed an agility that was reminiscent of a fighter rather than a bomber.

After various modifications were made, including the addition of a glass nose for a bomb aimer, the first production variant – the B Mk.2 - entered service in 1951 with No.101 Squadron. The Canberra was able to reach speeds of some 560 mph and reach heights of 48,000 feet whilst maintaining the capacity to carry 6000 lbs of ordnance. A series of modified Canberra B Mk.2s set a succession of world altitude records, culminating in August 1957 with a staggering 70,310 feet. It was a Canberra that saw victory at the Last Great Air Race from London to Christchurch in 1953. With a range of approximately 2600 miles, the Canberra was considered a tactical rather than a strategic bomber.

The Canberra was popular with its aircrew due to its performance, popular with ground crews due to its relatively simple maintenance schedule and also popular with Command due to its relatively low cost. Over 400 Canberra B Mk.2's were built until uprated engines led to the development of its successor, the B Mk.6, which entered service in the summer of 1954. As squadrons received the newer model, the now older B Mk.2 saw service with the RAF in Germany, Cyprus and the Far East, although the variant did serve successfully in the Suez Crisis of 1956. A small number of export variants of the B Mk.2 also saw service with the United States as a template for building under license as the Martin B-57, Australia and Venezuela.


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The English Electric Company Limited
Jet fighters  Lightning F.6
Jet Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
  The English Electric Company Limited allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build the Canberra bomber for the United States Air Force.

Britain jet aircraft
Blackburn  Buccaneer S.1 · Buccaneer S.2
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Harrier GR.1 · Harrier GR.3
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG.1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)