SB2C-5 (France)

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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
▄SB2C-5 Helldiver
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
7.5 tTake-off weight
2.84 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 230 mCeiling
Wright R-2600-8Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
656 km/hStructural
333 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
400 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
1 x Mk.13-1 torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 2
1 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 3
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 4
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 5
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 6
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 7
8 x HVAR rocketsSetup 8
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun (secondary)Setup 9
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 480 / 3 184/3 300 / 4 237/1 420 / 1 823Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
540 % Sl icon.png260 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the naval bomber SB2C-5 (France). For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


GarageImage SB2C-5France.jpg

The ▄SB2C-5 Helldiver is a rank III French dive bomber with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 8,230 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
438 425 8 230 24 24.8 3.7 3.6 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,230 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 8 230  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
656 333  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 11.11 mm Steel plate behind pilot.
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate underneath the engine.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate on top of fuselage in front of cockpit.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate on dorsal turret gun.


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M2 (20 mm)

The SB2C-5 (France) is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (200 RPG = 400 total)

The two cannons are arranged with one in each wing. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The SB2C-5 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
  • 1 x Mk.13 torpedo
  • 1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, suspended (340 rpg = 1360 total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2C-5 (France) is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (2,000 RPG = 4,000 total)

Usage in 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
I Fuselage Repair Radiator ITC mk.III DGP-1 Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe Improved torpedo Turret 7 mm New 12 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine SBC mk.I New 7 mm MGs (turret) Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover MBC mk.I FRC mk.2 New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons

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See also

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External links

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France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · ▄PB4Y-2