SA.313B Alouette II (Germany)
|This page is about the German utility helicopter SA.313B Alouette II (Germany). For other uses, see Alouette (Family).|
The ▀SA.313B Alouette II is a Rank V German utility helicopter with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). This helicopter was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea". A French design, the Alouette II was in West-German service and could carry a multitude of armaments.
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Survivability and armour
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- 4 x 7.62 mm MG 3 machine gun (250 rpg = 1,000 total)
The four machine guns are arranged with two above each landing skid. Only the default ammo belt is available. Due to their low caliber, they have limited effectiveness against helicopters and planes, and are almost useless against all but the lightest-armoured ground vehicles. However, they have a high rate of fire (1,200 rpm), which aids damage output at the expensive of total firing time.
- 72 x 37 mm SNEB rockets
- 4 x SS.11 missiles
With only 20 grams of explosive mass and at most 10 mm of penetration, the Alouette's SNEB rockets are highly ineffective against armoured targets. For use in ground RB, the mouse guided SS.11 missiles are more recommendable. Although many fewer missiles can be carried, they are able to severely damage and destroy enemy tanks, unlike SNEB rockets. It is important to note that although SS.11 missiles are usable, they are much worse than many missiles carried by other helicopters, and that the Alouette's anti-tank armament is weak in general.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
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- Weak armour
- SS.11 maximum range is 3 km
The light, multipurpose, single-engined SA.313B Alouette II (French for “Skylark”) helicopter was developed by the French company Sud-Aviation in the 1960s and was widely used both by civilian and military organizations. Many other countries also obtained a license to manufacture these helicopters. In addition to civilian use, this light helicopter has a rich military history. The SA.313B fought wars in Algeria and Rhodesia and took part in several local conflicts. The model’s success is demonstrated by the fact that the SA.313B is still being used for civilian purposes and by the militaries of some countries nowadays.
Since the SA.313B was not routinely equipped with weapons, this issue has been resolved directly in the places and countries where the vehicle has been used to fulfil combat objectives. The helicopter’s armament has been rather exotic at times, such as when rifles and machine guns have been mounted in the apertures of the glass-enclosed front cabin. For the purposes of the game, we have chosen more well-founded projects for arming the SA.313B implemented by French and German crews. Machine gun installations comprised of four 7.62mm MG3 light machine guns placed in pairs on the skids using special fixtures. As an anti-tank weapon, the helicopter could carry SNEB unguided rockets, as well as SS.11 guided anti-tank missiles that were located on special transverse tube-shaped beams along the sides of the fuselage.
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