Ro.44

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Ro.44
AB RB SB
1.0 1.0 1.0
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Description

The Ro.44 is a rank I Italian fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Sky Guardians", finally equipping all the naval nations with at least 1 seaplane to use, although many are not regular tree units. Its ability to capture naval points will make it invaluable for naval players.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 2 000 m303 km/h
Turn time14 s
Max altitude7 500 m
EnginePiaggio P.X.R
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight2 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 287 277 7500 14.8 15.4 8.1 8.1 200
Upgraded 318 303 13.3 14.0 14.7 11.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
400 400 - - - ~10 ~10
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 180 < 300 < 250 > 420

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear400 km/h

The Ro.44 is reasonably durable, being able to take a fair amount of rife-calibre machine gun fire before the flight performance is crippled. The large radial engine too, although vulnerable to being hit due to its size, tends to keep running even with a fair amount of battle damage. The aircraft has no armour protection for the pilot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB90 → 120 Sl icon.png
RB138 → 185 Sl icon.png
SB84 → 112 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications2 970 Rp icon.png
890 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces96 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 20 / 80 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
100 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
330 Rp icon.png
Cost:
100 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
75 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
75 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
320 Rp icon.png
Cost:
95 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
320 Rp icon.png
Cost:
95 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
320 Rp icon.png
Cost:
95 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
safat12_belt_pack
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
safat12_new_gun
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
75 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition440 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The Ro.44 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (220 rpg = 440 total)

Usage in battles

The Ro.44 fulfils the role of a dogfighter in battles, boasting fantastic low speed handling (down to as low as 130 km/h) which often gives it the edge in low-rank dogfights. Its powerful armament of twin 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns (a rare armament at such a low BR) usually means it can quickly dispose of enemy aircraft. Against faster monoplane enemies such as the P-36, P-400 or MiG-3, you'll want to enter the fight with an altitude advantage and convert that to speed, giving you enough time to cripple the enemy aircraft even if they choose to use their speed advantage and extend.

In Simulator battles, the Ro.44 currently uses an identical cockpit model to the CR.32, so there are discrepancies between the cockpit model and the actual layout of the aircraft. The Italian floatplane also handles terribly in Simulator mode, having a constant pitch up attitude analogous to having full flaps extended on any other aircraft. Combined with having no trim, the Ro.44 is tiresome to fly in simulator battles, and currently also has poor forward-facing visibility from the cockpit.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent low speed handling
  • Reasonably durable
  • Acceptable climb rate
  • Excellent weaponry for its BR, mounted on the centreline
  • Good amount of ammunition
  • Can capture points in naval battles

Cons:

  • Fairly slow
  • Radial engine is a large target
  • Loses energy rapidly in vertical manoeuvres
  • Low dive speed

History

The IMAM Ro.44 was a single seat fighter seaplane derivative of the Ro.43 and first flew in October 1936. By taking out the rear gunners positions and all the extra equipment and radios, the much lighter aircraft gained in manoeuvrability but barely any speed increase. At a distance, both the Ro.44 and Ro.43 are practically indistinguishable due to the copied design. It also did not improve on its predecessor for seaworthiness, being too difficult to land in open ocean. In the end it was a disappointment, with its order reduced from 50 to 35 and being soon used as trainer for advanced pilots.

Media

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See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


Southern Mechanical and Aeronautical Industries (IMAM)
Fighters  Ro.57 Quadriarma
Floatplanes  Ro.43 · Ro.44

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
  Foreign:
Germany  ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
Romania  He 112 B-1/U2 · IAR-81C
USA  ▄P-47D-30
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop