S.M.79 serie 1

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936)
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
10.74 tTake-off weight
0.39 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
3 х Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
350 roundsAmmunition
700 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Lewis machine gun2 х Turret
485 roundsAmmunition
551 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombSetup 4
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2090 / 2641/2100 / 2654/950 / 1200Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png170 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian bomber S.M.79 serie 1. For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).


GarageImage S.M.79serie1.jpg

The S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) is a rank II Italian bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", though a variant existed in the Germany aircraft tech tree prior to the update.

Due to its relatively low Battle Rating, the three-engined SM.79 serie 8 enjoys a relatively high speed for a bomber against most of the lower tiered opposition it faces. This aids its survivability, particularly in a shallow dive. Unfortunately, it is rather lacking in bombload options compared to the He 111s and Ju 88s and also has rather poor defensive fire arcs.

Unlike the German bombers, however, it is armed with 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns which can pack quite a punch against the flimsier aircraft it faces. The pilot also controls a fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which is otherwise uncovered by any defensive armament. This gun can be useful for strafing light vehicles and trucks that will be encountered frequently in low tier battles and can be used to shoot down other aircraft. It is somewhat more manoeuvrable than the He 111 H-3, but the Sparviero is by no means a fighter and will rapidly lose energy in turns. With the ability to carry 500 kg bombs, the SM.79 can use these to more easily take out pillboxes and heavier tanks, although this reduces the total bombload to only 1000 kg as opposed to 1250 kg with 250 kg bombs.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
416 405 6800 32.6 33.6 4.5 4.4 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
444 430 6800 30.4 31.6 7.8 5.9 450


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
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Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
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
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The S.M.79 serie 1 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The S.M.79 serie 1 can utilize the following payloads:

  • 12 x 50  kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg = total)
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,200 kg = total)
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,250 kg = total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg = total)

Defensive armament

The S.M.79 serie 1 is defensively armed with:

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

Usage in the battles

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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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry

Pros and cons


  • Hard-hitting 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT defensive machine guns.
  • Pilot-controlled fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which can be equipped with IAI (explosive) ammunition.
  • High speed for its BR.
  • Middle engine provides some level of protection for the pilot against head-on attacks.
  • Capable of carrying 500 kg bombs, unlike the He 111 H-3 or Do 17 Z-1.


  • Poor total bomb payload compared to the He 111 H-3 (1250 kg max)
  • Poor defensive fire arcs, including a dead-zone in the rear where neither of the rearward facing 12.7 mm machine guns can cover.
  • No frontal defensive gun covering the frontal aspect.
  • Lacks armour protection for the crew.
  • Forced to choose between less total bomb payload, but individually more powerful bombs or higher total bomb payload with less powerful bombs.


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Italy bombers
Fiat  B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1
Savoia-Marchetti  S.81 · S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 B · S.M.79 serie 8 · S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M
CANT  Z.1007 bis serie 3 · Z.1007 bis serie 5
Piaggio  P.108B serie 1 · P.108B serie 2
German  ▄Ju 87 R-2 · ▄Ju 87 D-3