M.B.162

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M.B.162
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Description

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The M.B.162 is a Rank III French frontline bombers with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ?

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Six total self-sealing fuel tanks located in wings

Armaments

Suspended armament

The M.B.162 can be configured with the following payloads:

  • 6 x 100 kg №.1 bombs + 6 x 200 kg №.1 bombs (1,800 kg = total)
  • 4 x 500 kg №.2 bombs (2,000 kg = total)

Defensive armament

The M.B.162 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (500 RPG = 1,000 total)
  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, dorsal turret (120 RPG)
  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, ventral turret (120 RPG)

Usage in the battles

The M.B. 162 is a heavy bomber, and therefore should be flown as such. When you start a match, you will want to climb to 5-6 km in altitude, to protect yourself from German fighters that will climb to intercept you, and mark out a bomb target to your team. With both of the payload options, all bombs are needed to destroy a bombing base.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Automatic pitch
Controllable Not controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
IA
II
III
IV

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful Hispano 404 cannons in dorsal and ventral turrets
  • Effective bomb payload for its BR
  • Respectable speed for a heavy bomber
  • Good max altitude

Cons:

  • Turrets cannot turn 360 degrees
  • HS.404 cannons have low ammunition count
  • No turrets protecting the front, perpendicular sides, or directly vertical.

History

While being created from the civilian airliner Bloch M.B. 160, build as mail plane by the Société des Avions Marcel Bloch[1], the Bloch M.B. 162 shares very few common points with his civilian counterpart, especially concerning its wings[2].

The aircraft in game is a heavy bomber created by Henri Déplante and Lucien Servanty in order to satisfy the A20 program concerning a category B5 bomber (5 crew members) for day and night bombing. Three planes has been ordered in 1937.

Having it's first flight the 1st of June 1940[3], it didn't saw any combat during the Battle of France (10th of May to 25th of June 1940). Nevertheless, the prototype has been captured by the Luftwaffe and used as transport. This same aircraft has been reused by the french Armée de l'Air after the war, and is the origin of the SNCASE Languedoc (post-war airliner, used for hypersonic experimentations).

Two versions existed of this plane : the MB.162.01 (prototype, one built) and the MB.162 Bn.5 (Production model, never produced).

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Camouflages :

[Semi-Historical] French camouflage of the M.B. 162 by Vaxioss

[Semi-Historical] German camouflage of the captured M.B. 162 by MrSpacemau5

Read also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

Sources

  • The Société des Avions Marcel Bloch was a French aircraft manufacturer of military and civilian aircraft that changed its name to Dassault Aviation after the end of World War II. It was founded by Marcel Bloch (hence "MB" in the aircraft designations) who changed his name to Marcel Dassault after the war.
  • "L’avion [MB 161], de taille légèrement inférieure et de performances comparable au B-17, ne possède que très peu d’éléments en commun avec les MB 160 et MB 161, son aile, notamment, est très différente."[1]
  • "La construction du prototype à Courbevoie est retardée jusqu’à la fin de 1939. Assemblé à Villacoublay après son transfert par route au printemps 1940, il effectue son premier vol le 1er juin 1940 équipé de quatre Gnôme et Rhône14 N 48/49de 1100 ch."[2]