4 x T10 140 rocketSetup 2
4 x T10 151 rocketSetup 3
The S.O.8000 Narval is a gift Rank IV French strike fighter with a battle rating of 5.7. It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
The Narval (Narwhal in French) is designed to be an interceptor and it excels in this role with a good climb rate, interceptor spawn, high speed and 6 powerful cannons. Underneath the sleek and eye-pleasing design of the Narval lies a monster of a plane when piloted well. It wields an extremely powerful sextet of the previously mentioned cannons, which happen to be the German MG 151's, wielding the dreaded minengeschoß ammunition round which gives ballistics similar to most 37 mm cannons while keeping the various upsides of 20 mm cannons (light weight, high muzzle velocity and universal use) allowing you to shred bombers in a few well aimed bursts.
However, the plane is not without its weaknesses. The rear mounted engine and propeller makes it easy for the engine to get knocked out when being tailed. It also has a particularly poor turn rate, so turning versus most planes is a death sentence, as it will make it easy for an opponent to snipe your pilot. Having 6 cannons means that you are completely defenceless after running out of ammo in them, with no extra machine guns to defend yourself with.
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(km/h at 8,000 m)
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| Turn time
| Rate of climb
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(km/h at 8,000 m)
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| Wing-break speed
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| Combat flap
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Survivability and armour
- 10 mm Steel plate in the nose.
- 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
- 10 mm Steel plate behind pilot.
The S.O.8000 Narval is armed with:
- 6 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons (250 rpg = 1500 total)
The six cannons are arranged in bundles of two each of which is cheek-mounted towards the underside of the fuselage. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.
The S.O.8000 Narval can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- Without load
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 8 x T10 140 rockets
- 8 x T10 151 rockets
Usage in the battles
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The Narval is an exceptional interceptor, however due to its ability to mount either 2 x 1,000 lb bombs or 8 x T10 151 AP rockets, it can also make an effective strike fighter. If going the interceptor route, you must climb to a high altitude in order to not only attack bombers, but make the most out of the 12H, where it performs the best. On the flip side, if you are going for the strike fighter role, be weary that mounting rockets and bombs will throw the centre of gravity back, which worsens the already bad turn rate.
Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
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- Very strong forward armament (6 x MG 151/20s)
- Plenty of ammo
- Very high rip rate for a prop aircraft
- Good roll rate
- Engine located at the back makes it less likely to be knocked out by bomber/attacker gunners or in a head-on attack
- Gets an interceptor spawn which allows gives it an opportunity to climb well above its opponents
- Good visibility in the cockpit
- All guns are mounted in the aircraft's nose, making them accurate and having little to no convergence
- During takeoff, pulling on the stick too early will damage the tail
- Takes a bit of time to accelerate
- Climbs rather slowly, even with air spawn, so enemies may still be able to out-climb the Narval
- Poor turn-rate
- Rather fragile wings
- Wing sweep means that when you carry bombs, the centre of mass is thrown way back, affecting the already poor turn-rate
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