The M.B.157 is a Rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
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Survivability and armour
- 10 mm Steel plate behind engine.
- 10 mm Steel plate behind the pilot's head.
- 3 mm Steel plate box in the fuselage.
The M.B.157 is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm Hispano 404 machine guns (60 rpg = 120 total)
The cannons are arranged with one in each wing. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.
Usage in the battles
Being designed as a predecessor to the M.B.152, but with a much more powerful engine, the M.B.157 can hold its own in numerous situations. A suggested play style for realistic battles is side climb, and engage targets at higher altitudes. The powerful engine and decent maneuverability makes side climbing less important in the M.B.157 than say in a heavier aircraft like the P-51. The low amount of ammunition available makes it unlikely to be able to engage more than two or three targets per sortie, which is another contributor to the suggested strategy of side climbing. This plane has good energy retention, making Boom and Zoom tactics applicable.
Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
- Quite fast compared to peers
- Good energy retention
- Two cannons
- Acceptable rate of climb (When fully upgraded)
- Low ammo count - you need to make all your shots count
- Control stiffening occurs at high speeds (during dives)
- Minimal armour to sides and behind pilot.
- Easily pilot sniped when flying near to bombers
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