S.M.79 AS (Germany)

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▀S.M.79 AS
▀S.M.79 AS
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This page is about the gift German bomber S.M.79 AS (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).


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The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) is a Rank II gift German bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 in the German aviation tree. In Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", the S.M.79 as well as the other Italian planes in the German tree were moved to the new Italian tree.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
458 444 9000 32.5 33.2 2.1 3.4 400
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
507 480 9000 29.6 31.0 11.5 5.9 400


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
530 300 325 ~2 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 305 < 303 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,300 m 2,250 hp 3,020 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Fuel tanks located in fuselage and wing roots


Offensive armament

The S.M.79 AS (Germany) is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)

Suspended armament

  • 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs
  • 1 x 905 kg F200/450x5.45 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs

Defensive armament

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Lewis machine gun, 2 x beam turret (485 rpg = 970 total)

Usage in the battles

With a significantly higher Battle Rating than the previous two Sparviero models, the 1941 Sparviero features the same bomb loadouts (but can also carry a single torpedo) and armament, with only relatively minor increases in performance. While unable to compete with the Ju 88 or the He 111 H-6 and Fw 200 C-1 Condor in terms of performance or sheer bomb-carrying capacity, respectively, the SM.79 (1941) can still perform decently if played carefully.

It is very important to avoid fighters in the SM.79, as it has a lot of defensive fire deadzones and is not as durable as the Ju 88. If an enemy fighter is foolish enough to stay within the reach of the 12.7 mm Breda-SAFATs, they can deal a considerable amount of damage to the pursuer. However, the gunners themselves have no armour protection, and can be knocked out fairly easily.

Due to the relatively light payload carried by the SM.79, it is not particularly recommended to go base bombing, even with the max load of 5 x 250 kg bombs. It is better to dive towards ground level and destroy targets like tanks or vehicles, as this will make it harder for enemies to attack you from below, where the Sparviero has very limited defensive fire coverage. The 500 kg bombs reduce your total bombload to only 1000 kg, but they are more forgiving of poor bomb aiming and can take out pillboxes with a single hit. Be wary of attacks from the sides, as only the weak 7.7 mm machine guns cover the flanks of the Sparviero.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm MCSAP100
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs Turret 7 mm MCGP250
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm TBC-79
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 7 mm MGs (turret) MCRO500

Pros and cons


  • Can carry a torpedo


  • Same bomb options and weapons as previous aircraft, at a higher BR.


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