S.O.4050 Vautour IIA

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S.O.4050 Vautour IIA
S.O.4050 Vautour IIA
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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.


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The S.O.4050 Vautour IIA is a rank V French jet bomber with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB) and 9.0 (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 Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,093 1,091 15000 32.6 33.2 43.0 41.1 900
Upgraded 1,106 1,100 31.4 32.0 62.7 52.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1166 425 600 600 463 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 480 < 620 < 590 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 101E3 2 11,000 kg 316 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,974 kg 13,388 kg 14,213 kg 21,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,293 kgf N/A 0.55 0.49 0.46 0.31
Optimal 3,595 kgf
(1,100 km/h)
N/A 0.60 0.54 0.51 0.34

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 front of cockpit.
  • 3 mm Steel shell surrounding the cockpit in the fuselage. Does not extend to cockpit front.
  • 2 mm Steel plate behind the fuel cells.
  • 2 mm Steel plate in the tail.


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

Main articles: T10 140, T10 151, SNEB type 23

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)
  • 8 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 24 x T10 140 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)
  • 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 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)
  • 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 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)
  • 4 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 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.

In a downtier, 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.

However, with the advent of Air-to-Air missiles, the Vautour's lack of maneuverability becomes a crucial weakspot. The maximum overload of +6G is often insufficient to evade missiles, especially when attempting to do so at high speed. As such, the vautour is an incredibly easy for even an AIM-9B sidewinder. In addition, the introduction of powerful, high-climbing jets like the AV-8C and GR. 1 Harrier Jump Jets, mean that it is now impossible to exploit the Vautour's climb rate to your advantage. These factors coincide to make the Vautour hard to play when uptiered, and as such, a more passive playstyle is recommended. When uptiered, you can either attempt to rush and force head-ons with enemy players, or you can wait for the enemy team to engage friendly fighters before bombing the bases.


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


  • Decent payload options, enough to destroy all 3 minibases (4 x 750 on the first base, 3 x 750 on the other two).
  • Insane acceleration.
  • High top speed, outruns most aircraft at its battle rating (except the CL-13A, MiG-17, Super Mystere B2, La 200, F-86F-2, F-86K, Scimitar, Hunter, A-4E, and F3H).
  • Climbs exceptionally well without ordnance.
  • Energy retention is great.
  • Bomber spawn (3,000 - 3,500 meters).
  • Extremely versatile (can be used in a variety of roles).
  • Armored cockpit, easier to survive head-on engagements.


  • Ammo consumption is too high to engage multiple targets.
  • 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, making it hard to dodge missiles.
  • Roll rate is unimpressive.
  • Fragile engines; a hit to an engine will massively decrease top speed.
  • Relies heavily on team support.
  • Massive target.
  • Wings tend to rip with payload on the wings above 850 km/h, or when pulling high-G maneuvers.


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.


See also

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SNCA SO (Société nationale des constructions aéronautiques du sud-ouest)
Fighters  S.O.8000 Narval
Jet Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB
Export  Vautour IIA IDF/AF

France jet aircraft
Fighters  ▄F-86K · ▄F-100D
  M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Super Mystere B2 · Mirage IIIC · Mirage IIIE
Strike aircraft  ▄F-84F · F-84F · ▄F-84G-26-RE · Etendard IVM · Jaguar A
Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB