Re.2000 serie 1

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The Re.2000 was a monoplane fighter developed in Italy during the mid-1930s. It was one of the first modern fighters used in the Regia Aeronautica. It also served in the Swedish Air Force as the J20, and in the Hungarian Air Force as the MÁVAG Héja I, a modified version of the original model. The design team took inspiration from the American Seversky P-35. The aircraft was considered an outstanding dogfighter, proving superior to the more modern Macchi C.200s and Messerschmitt Bf 109 Es in flight trials. However, the aircraft was not deemed satisfactory by the Italian military, and its manufacturer exported most of the produced units to Hungary and Sweden. The aircraft served as a basis for future models like the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 fighters.

Introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm", the Re.2000 serie 1 is a very good dogfighter. For its BR, it has very good acceleration at top speeds and an amazing climb rate, outperforming many early fighters like early Bf 109s. The Re.2000 can be used effectively in both energy fighting and turn fighting. For the former, it's better to have the energy advantage and use the good dive performance of the aircraft to its advantage. To get good positions, it is a good idea to start climbing at the start of the match, to an altitude of around 3,000-4,000 m. The Re.2000 should look out for enemies like the Spitfire and I-16, since these two can outturn you while not sacrificing too much performance in level flight, like biplanes.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 300 m529 km/h
Turn time16 s
Max altitude10 000 m
EnginePiaggio P.XI. R.C. 40
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t

This Italian plane is best used as an energy fighter and can be a very good start to learn how to use Italian planes.

The plane climbs and dives very well, it can reach a high speed quickly, but like every Italian plane in this rank, controls will be stiff above 500 km/h (310 mph) IAS.

The best performance is between 400 to 500 km/h (248 to 310 mph) IAS, but in level flight the max speed is 450 km/h IAS.

To be in the above-mentioned speed range, climb up to 3,000 m, and then dive onto the enemy. If the enemy is more than 2 km below, cut your throttle to 0% and only increase once at the same altitude as the enemy and started to losing speed. Diving or climbing straight at a 90-degree angle will cause the engine to shut down due to fuel cut-off.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,300 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 510 495 10000 16.8 17.3 12.8 12.8 220
Upgraded 550 530 15.5 16.0 20.6 16.2


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 320 457 428 280 ~13 ~10
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 380 > 200

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural740 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • No armour plates
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
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RB351 → 471 Sl icon.png
SB418 → 561 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications4 450 Rp icon.png
2 670 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost300 Ge icon.png
Crew training600 Sl icon.png
Experts2 100 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces110 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 30 / 60 % Sl icon.png
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Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
300 Rp icon.png
180 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
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300 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png
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300 Sl icon.png
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Wings repair
370 Rp icon.png
220 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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220 Sl icon.png
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290 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
480 Rp icon.png
290 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Offensive armament

Ammunition600 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The Re.2000 serie 1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Usage in battles

The Re.2000 Series 1 is an air superiority aircraft and can be used as an energy fighter or as a dogfighter. It has a good acceleration when using WEP but the engine in WEP overheats very quickly. Thanks to the structure of the aircraft, it can dive without problem at high speeds and retain that speed and momentum, making it excellent for boom and zoom fights. With its combat flaps, it can turn quickly, making it capable in a dogfight while you have your energy. The 12.7 mm SAFAT MGs are excellent against light and armoured enemy aircraft. Be aware though of the limited ammo for the 12.7 mm machine guns, only 300 rounds per gun. This means trigger discipline will be important. In the end it is a fighter capable of fighting in any situation without having too many downsides.

Once in game, climb up to 3,000 m and start gaining speed. If the enemy is at the same altitude, dodge any attempt at a head on, and try to out-turn/out-climb them.

If an enemy is below, dive down and attack. If you overshoot them, conduct a yo-yo manoeuvre to get back on their tail.

Some enemies to be concerned about are:

  • Spitfire: The early versions carrying eight machine guns in their wings and will likely out turn you.
  • P-26: Especially the version that carries a 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun.
  • Any biplane: Most of these are very good turners. They can earn back speed after multiple turns very quickly, so in a dogfight, the Re.2000 might feel sluggish. Don't get baited into these turn fights and instead use the speed/climb to fly away towards an advantageous position to attack.

When going against the Re.2000 serie 1, one will find head-ons effective against a Re.2000 since it only has two 12.7s machine guns. If you're in a head-on against one, shoot a small burst, and escape with a barrel roll. If one is on your six, either run away at high speed or make some speed costly manoeuvres, and turn onto his six. Never try to follow one in a climb, and if one is diving on you, you can dodge it easily due to its control stiffening and average roll rate.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Great climb rate
  • Great at energy fighting
  • Good at dogfighting (some enemy aircraft still can destroy you easily)
  • Good turn rate, amazing at 400-500 km/h (248-310 mph)
  • Very good acceleration
  • Decent high-altitude performance
  • Good energy retention
  • Good stall speed (below 45 km/h)


  • Underwhelming performance of the 2 x 12.7 Breda-SAFAT machine guns
  • Overheats easily, even with 100% radiators, can only WEP for a few seconds before the engine overheats and destroys itself
  • Sensitive to battle damage (damage will usually result in the aircraft catching fire)
  • No armour
  • No payload


The first project of the Reggiane design office was the Re.2000 which was designed by Italian engineers Alessio and Longhi. The first test flight was flown by Mario de Bernardi in 1939. With a superior engine in comparison to the FIAT-powered M.C.200, it was thought to be at least as manoeuvrable as the Bf 109 E in comparative trials, though the positioning of the fuel tank in an unarmoured wing centre section was found to be a fatal drawback and thus it was not accepted into Italian service, however, the Re.2000 was sold to both Hungary and Sweden to complement their air forces. During 1940, the Italian Navy ordered a modified version for carrier use with a Piaggio P.XI bis engine and structural strengthening for catapult launching and carrier landings.[1]

Hungary bought 70 Re.2000s, modifying them into MÁVAG Héja I's, and built 204 MÁVAG Héja II's which were upgraded versions based on the Héja I. Sweden bought 60, where they stayed in service until 1946. Britain had put in an order for 300, as well, before the onset of war prevented it. Those few of the 188 that were built by the Reggiane company that were not sold to other countries were used by an Italian squadron on Sicily in 1941/42, or converted for catapult use.



See also

Related development

External links


  1. Thompson, Jonathan W., Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Aero Publishers, Los Angeles (1963), 304 pages.

Reggiane Mechanical Factory (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane SpA)
Fighters  Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A.
  Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
  Re.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Export  J20

Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7
  G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1
  Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
  Re.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Macchi  C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7
  C. 202 · C. 202D · C. 202EC
  C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2
IMAM  Ro.44
Germany  ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
USA  ▄P-47D-30
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
Romania  He 112 B-1/U2 · IAR-81C
Hungary  ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · ◔Yak-9P