SB2C-5 (France)

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This page is about the naval bomber SB2C-5 (France). For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


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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

The SB2C-1c has surprisingly good manoeuvrability for a dive-bomber (especially at an airspeed of around 300 km/h), although its weight means that acceleration is not outstanding and climb rate is poor, especially when carrying ordinance. Top speed is also below-average. However, as a primarily air-to-ground attacker, these somewhat lacklustre flight characteristics do not overly hinder the vehicle's utility, unless you have a lot of ordinance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,998 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 441 423 8230 24.0 24.8 3.7 3.6 300
Upgraded 482 459 22.1 23.0 9.0 6.1


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
656 333  520 453 250 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 257 < 350 < 380 > 326
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 975 m 1,750 hp 1,878 hp
Setting 2 4,572 m 1,450 hp N/A

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

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

  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
  • 1 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedo
  • 1 x 569 mm 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 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x HVAR rockets
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (gunpods) (340 rpg = 1,360 total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2C-5 (France) is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, 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
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
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


  • Multi-role capable aircraft both as a dive bomber and bomber hunter
  • Has air brakes to keep aircraft stabilized and from accelerating during a dive


  • Poor manoeuvrability, especially when laden with suspended ordnance
  • Aircraft's vertical stabilizer (tail) causes a blind spot for the dorsal gunner


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See also

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Bombers  SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
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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