F-86K (France)

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▄F-86K
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.3/9.0/9.0BR
1 personCrew
9.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
General Electric J47-GE-17BEngine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1187 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm M24A1 cannonWeapon 1
528 roundsAmmunition
1 500 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 1
Economy
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png20 000 / 26 979/11 290 / 15 230/3 300 / 4 451Repair
280 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 200 Ge icon.pngAces
× (214) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 5.2 Sl icon.png× 3.1 Sl icon.png× 1.3 Sl icon.png
This page is about the French jet fighter F-86K (France). For other versions, see F-86 (Family).

Description

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The ▄F-86K is a rank VI French jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB) and 9.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

The original F-86D was developed as bomber interceptor and was outfitted with a retractable ventral rocket-rack which housed 24 x 2.75 in (70 mm) Mighty Mouse folding-fin aerial rockets. Lacking cannons or air-to-air missiles, the F-86D was limited in role strictly as a bomber hunter. In 1953 the Italians approached North American in an attempt to modify the existing F-86D into a fighter-interceptor, however, the proposed changes proved too costly. This cost overage required scaling back the requirements and from this was produced the F-86K, a fighter-interceptor aircraft which was outfitted with 4 x 20 mm cannons and two AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles. Originally this aircraft was produced for the U.S., however, later the Italian manufacturer Fiat was licensed to also manufacture and produce this version of the fighter.

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Fun Fact: The Sabre Dog was initially to be designated F-95, but had its name changed to F-86D instead, in order to make it seem like a variant of the existing Sabre and not an entirely new aircraft. In reality, however, the F-86D was only about 25% similar to the original F-86 and the name change was only done to secure further support for the project.

—  War Thunder Dev Blog

General info

Flight performance

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Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,103 1,097 27.4 28.3 42.7 37.1 1,000
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ??? 1,111  ??.? 27.0  ??.? 56 1,000

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
620 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 850 < 600 < 660 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 2,105 kgf 4,098 kgf

Survivability and armour

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Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M24A1 (20 mm)

The F-86K (France) is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm M24A1 cannons, nose-mounted (132 rpg = 528 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: AIM-9B

The F-86K (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9B missiles

Usage in battles

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Radars

Main article: AN/APS-21

The F-86K is equipped with an AN/APS-21 search radar, located in the nose of the aircraft.

AN/APS-21 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Guaranteed
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
45,000 m 28,000 m ±85° ±16°

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm
II New boosters Compressor Airframe AIM-9B
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Possesses payload of two air-to-air missiles AIM-9B Sidewinders
  • Good roll rate at low/medium speed (<800 kph)
  • High velocity 20 mm cannons, highly effective in head-ons and deflection shots
  • Good acceleration with afterburner
  • Brake chute
  • Has a search radar (can only spot bombers or large attackers)

Cons:

  • Subsonic
  • Heavy compared to regular Sabres so less nimble, even with leading slats
  • Hard compression at high speed (>900 kph), especially in the roll axis
  • Can easily rip wings with strong input
  • No bombs or rockets
  • Afterburner guzzles a lot of fuel

History

In March 1949, the North American company launched the development of a new jet interceptor, based on the existing F-86 Sabre, as part of a private venture. The new design was the first interceptor developed to be operated by a single crew member and utilized unguided rockets in combination with a complex fire control system, rather than conventional guns, in order to destroy its target. Already by April, the project had received official endorsement from high-ranking military officials and development of a production version began in parallel.

While a production contract was signed in October, the first prototype, designated YF-95, conducted its maiden flight in December 1949. In the early ‘50s, Soviet nuclear testing and the subsequent start of the Korean conflict led to an accelerated development of the YF-95. Despite this, problems during development caused production to be delayed, resulting in the aircraft reaching its first units only in March 1951. During the delay however, the designation of the aircraft changed to F-86D and it received its unofficial nickname “Sabre Dog”.

In January 1953, North American was approached by an offer from the Italian military to develop a twin-seater version of the F-86D armed with cannons. As the cost and necessary redesign work turned out to be too great, an agreement was made to produce the aircraft in its original design, but with cannon armament and a simplified fire control system instead. This new export version of the Sabre Dog received the new designation of F-86K.

Initially, the F-86K was produced exclusively in the U.S., but would later also be manufactured under licence by the Italian Fiat company. The F-86 entered service in 1955 and apart from the Italian Air Force, the F-86K also served with many other operators worldwide including France, West Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Honduras, Venezuela. Around 340 F-86Ks were produced out of over 2,800 Sabre Dogs built in total. Most of the F-86Ks would be decommissioned by the late ‘60s, while some even went on to serve into the ‘70s.

- From Devblog

Media

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See also

Related development
  • Canadair Sabre (those Sabres manufactured with the designator "CL")
  • North American F-86A/F
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre
  • North American FJ-4 Fury
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


France jet aircraft
Fighters  ▄F-84G-26-RE · ▄F-86K · M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.452 Mystere IIA · M.D.452 Mystere IIC pre-production
Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIB · S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF