S.O.4050 Vautour IIA

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S.O.4050 Vautour IIA
so_4050_vautour_2a.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.0/9.0/9.0BR
1 personCrew
21.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
2 х SNECMA Atar 101E3Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1166 km/hStructural
425 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 30 mm DEFA 551 cannonWeapon 1
400 roundsAmmunition
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
8 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bomb
Setup 3
6 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombSetup 4
12 x T10 121 rocket
12 x T10 121 rocket
Setup 5
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 6
76 x SNEB type 23 rocketSetup 7
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 8
6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 9
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bomb
4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 10
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bomb
12 x T10 140 rocket
12 x T10 140 rocket
Setup 11
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 12
6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 13
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bomb
4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 14
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bomb
12 x T10 151 rocket
12 x T10 151 rocket
Setup 15
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
76 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 16
6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
76 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 17
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bomb
4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
76 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 18
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bomb
76 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 19
Economy
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png26 000 / 35 282/12 000 / 16 284/18 000 / 24 426Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
× (202) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the French jet bomber S.O.4050 Vautour IIA. For other versions, see Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France) and S.O.4050 Vautour IIB.

Description

GarageImage S.O.4050VautourIIA.jpg


The S.O.4050 Vautour IIA is a rank V French jet bomber with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight performance

The SO.4050 Vautour IIA is the fastest accelerating, climbing and diving subsonic plane in the entire game. The acceleration of the aircraft is ridiculous, coupled with the insane climb rate and diving capabilities makes the SO.4050 IIA a very powerful aircraft.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,093 1,091 32.6 33.2 43.6 41.7 900
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ??? 1,100  ??.? 32.0  ??.? 52 900

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
600 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 480 < 620 < 590 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 3,360 kgf N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 13.5 mm Steel plate behind the pilot's head.
  • 6 + 13.5 mm Steel plate in nose.
  • 3 mm Steel shell surrounding the cockpit in the fuselage.
  • 2 mm Steel plate behind the fuel cells.
  • 2 mm Steel plate in the tail.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 551 (30 mm)

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIA is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm DEFA 551 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 400 total)

The four machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted in the nose of the fuselage. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire together until empty.

Suspended armament

The S.O.4050 Vautour IIA can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 8 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 24 x T10 121 rockets
  • 24 x T10 151 rockets
  • 76 x SNEB Type 23 rockets
  • 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (1,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (4,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 24 x T10 140 rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (1,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (4,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 24 x T10 151 rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 76 x SNEB Type 23 rockets (1,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 76 x SNEB Type 23 rockets (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs + 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 76 x SNEB Type 23 rockets (4,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs + 76 x SNEB Type 23 rockets (2,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The SO.4050 Vautour IIA should be used like the Hunter, but more aggressively. Always load 8 minutes of fuel, use the bomber spawn to spawn at 3,000 meters, rush to a base, drop your bombs then rush to the enemy airfield to catch enemies off-guard. Besides catching enemies off-guard, the Vautour IIA can cause the enemy team to panic by rushing - when enemy players see a Vautour going faster than 1,000 km/h and they're a lot slower - they tend to panic, causing them to scatter around to find space in order to gain speed which could possibly ruin teamwork. Do NOT turn. The Vautour is very bad at turning and rolling, it should be used as an exclusive boom and zoomer - like the Hunter. Gain speed, engage, zoom up, loop around, dive, rinse and repeat. The Vautour has excellent energy retention characteristics.

Top tier jets such as the CL-13, MiG-15bis, MiG-17 etc should be your main concern. They turn and roll better than the SO.4050 does. While you can outrun the MiG-15s at sea level, you cannot run away from the MiG-17 and the CL-13 as their top speeds are higher (MiG-17: 1,121 km/h, CL-13: 1,114 km/h). Despite that fact, the Vautour outclasses them in climb rate, energy retention and acceleration. The Me 163 B and G.91 are also no match for the plane's speed.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 30 mm SBC-17
II New boosters Compressor Airframe Matra T10 140 M117
III Wings repair Engine New 30 mm cannons Matra T10 151 LBC-25
IV G-suit Cover Matra SNEB

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Huge payload options.
  • Insane acceleration.
  • Very high top speed, outruns most aircraft at its battle rating (except the CL-13A and MiG-17 when they reach their top speed).
  • Climbs exceptionally well without ordnance.
  • Best guns in the game (DEFA 551 is better than the ADEN in RoF and muzzle velocity).
  • Energy retention is great.
  • Has airbrakes(which you WILL need to avoid compressing in a dive).
  • Bomber spawn (3,000 - 3,500 meters).
  • Extremely versatile (can be used in a variety of roles).
  • Insane durability, can heavily withstand fire from enemy aircraft and survive collisions.

Cons:

  • Ammo consumption is too high to make going after enemy fighters a viable strategy.
  • Compresses at high speed (similar to that of the MiG-15s' and MiG-17's infamous compression).
  • No bomb sight unlike the earlier S.O.4050 Vautour IIB.
  • Massive penalties in flight performance when carrying ordnance.
  • Bad manoeuvrability.
  • Roll rate is unimpressive.
  • Fragile engines; a hit to an engine will make you easy prey for enemy fighters.
  • Relies heavily on team support.
  • Massive target.
  • Wings tend to rip with payload on the wings above 850 km/h

History

In total 140 of the versatile and powerful Vautour aircraft were built by France between 1956 and 1959. The Vautour II-A was the ground attack variant; the II-B the bomber; and the II-N an all-weather interceptor. The first two variants saw greater service with the Israelis, whereas the interceptor was used by the French. All variants were still in use into the 1970s.

The II-N prototype, with two crew, had made its first flight in October, 1952, followed by the single-seat II-A in December, 1953. After nine prototypes, the French made an initial order for 440 aircraft, including 300 II-As. However, only 30 of the II-A would be completed, with the first entering service in 1956. In 1960, all II-A and the 40 II-B (the two-seater bomber model) that had been produced were taken out of French service and sold to Israel.

Media

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See also

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Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIB · S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF