The Motocannoniera convertibile, MC 490 type, Folgore P-490 is a rank IV Italian motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".
Survivability and armour
The P-490 is fairly well-defended for a boat of its size. Although it does not have any armour plating, its internal modules are well-placed to increase survivability. The ammunition storage is located beneath the waterline, making detonation unlikely. One of its fuel tanks is also located below the waterline. With this protection, the P-490 can survive a good number of hits from low-calibre guns. However, the main calibre rounds fired by destroyers and other large ships will have no difficulty in destroying or at least dealing great damage to this vessel.
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Modifications and economy
The two Bofors cannons on the P-490 are both fully traversable, and have a decent traverse rate of 30 degrees per second.They are able to easily destroy any small vessel that the P-490 may face in battle. If necessary, they can be used against destroyers, especially if it is not possible to use torpedoes, but this is less effective.
One of the cannons is located at the bow of the ship, while the other is located at the stern. This means that it is sometimes not possible to fire both at the same target simultaneously. Engaging broadside eliminates this issue, but of course, makes the P-490 a larger target for the enemy to hit.
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|40 mm HE clips||80||77||66||57||50||45|
|40 mm AP clips||80||77||66||57||50||45|
This vessel's four torpedoes are best used against large, slow targets such as destroyers. They usually do significant damage if they hit.
|Torpedo Mode||Mass (kg)||Maximum speed in water (km/h)||Travel distance (km)||Depth stroke (m)||Arming distance (m)||Explosive type||Explosive mass (kg)|
Usage in battles
The P-490 is a light vessel, and like all smaller ships is most effective in more compact areas of the map, where it is easy to find cover. Using this vessel in open waters, at long range, makes it vulnerable to fire from enemy destroyers, and gives the player little ability to fight back.
If it is necessary to engage a destroyer though, the P-490 is equipped with four torpedoes for just this purpose. They are large enough to do significant damage if they hit, but it is often hard to use them effectively. The best way to make use of the vessel's torpedoes is to get close to an enemy ship without their noticing and fire at close range.
Other than torpedoes, the P-490 is equipped with two 40 mm cannons, which are quite effective against small boats. Not surprisingly, they do little damage against larger ships, and are best used at closer range.
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|Motor torpedo boats||Folgore P-490 · Freccia P-493 · MAS 555 · MAS 561 · MAS 569|
|MS-15 · MS-53 · MS-472 · Stefano Turr · VAS 201 · Vosper 70' GIS 811|
|Motor gun boats||MS-473 · MV-611 · Sparviero|
|Motor torpedo gun boats||Saetta P-494|