Sea Hurricane Mk IB

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This page is about the British naval fighter Sea Hurricane Mk IB. For the other navalised Hurricane, see Sea Hurricane Mk IC. For other versions, see Hurricane (Family).
Sea Hurricane Mk IB
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Sea Hurricane Mk IB
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The Sea Hurricane Mk IB is a rank II British naval fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

As the name implies, this is a carrier based version of the Hurricane. The Mk I/L is the closest counterpart, however several key differences are present. First off, this version can operate from carriers. This grants a massive improvement in versatility, as you can launch from both airfields and carriers. In addition, this variant features reinforced landing gear in order to survive hard carrier landings. However, the extra weight of the landing gear is also the Sea Hurricane's biggest flaw. In Arcade, this makes minimal difference to performance, but Realistic and Simulator are a different story. Climb rate, turning ability, and minimum take-off speed are all noticeably worse. That doesn't mean this is a bad aircraft though. It just takes a pilot with the knowledge of these facts and how to counter them to succeed with the plane. Boom and zoom tactics can be used to greater effect than the Hurricane Mk I/L thanks to improved dive acceleration from the extra mass. The only problem is getting up there. Still, this is a very good aircraft when used properly.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 3 962 m519 km/h
Turn time16 s
Max altitude10 700 m
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin-III
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

Due to the extra weight, the Sea Hurricane Mk IB has an slightly inferior flight performance compared to the Hurricane Mk I/L.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 492 476 10700 17.0 17.7 4.4 4.4 350
Upgraded 549 519 15.5 16.0 14.7 8.6


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 + -
660 320 268 246 202 ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 250 < 380 > 410

As a naval plane, it comes equipped with arrestor gear.

Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,953 m 1,030 hp 1,535 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural660 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate between fuselage fuel tank and cooling system.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB350 → 423 Sl icon.png
RB753 → 910 Sl icon.png
SB896 → 1 083 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 920 Rp icon.png
6 830 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces125 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
20 / 60 / 120 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
460 Rp icon.png
450 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
460 Rp icon.png
450 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
580 Rp icon.png
560 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
580 Rp icon.png
560 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
1 100 Rp icon.png
1 100 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
1 600 Rp icon.png
1 600 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
1 100 Rp icon.png
1 100 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
460 Rp icon.png
450 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
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580 Rp icon.png
560 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition2 800 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min

The Sea Hurricane Mk IB is armed with:

  • 8 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 2,800 total)

Usage in battles

The Hurricane is one of the first monoplane fighters in the British tech tree. As such it will face a mix of biplanes and monoplanes with a different playstyle required for each.

Against biplanes, the Hurricane plays similarly to a heavy fighter. The large number of guns allows you to down anyone in your crosshairs quickly even if you don't have the best aim. Do not try to dogfight biplanes. While it is possible to win a dogfight against biplanes, it will bleed all of your plane's energy forcing you to continue to turnfight any enemies that decided to join the fight even if it is not in your best interest. You are better off BnZing biplanes. They might be able to tickle your rear as you extend away due to their quick turn time and your relatively slow speed but the Hurricane is durable enough to survive some MG fire.

Against monoplanes, the Hurricane must be played in the complete opposite fashion. Your plane will likely be slower and climb far worse than your opponent however your turn rate will likely be better, so try to force them into a turnfight. Monoplanes also generally carry heavier armament so your durability advantage is negated.

Overall the Hurricane is a novice-friendly plane with high firepower and predictable flight characteristics that can be taken to the next level with careful energy management.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • A lot of firepower for its rank
  • Flight similarity to the land-based Hurricane means it's easy to transfer skills
  • Good turn time
  • Excellent over-the-nose visibility ensures easy tracking and leading in cockpit view
  • Very smooth handling in simulator


  • Slower climb due to extra weight
  • Quite slow in overall speed
  • Engine overheats extremely fast while using WEP
  • Loses energy quickly in turns


The Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IB was the first carrier-capable Hurricane; the previous Mk IA Sea Hurricane was designed only for catapult assisted takeoff, with no means of recovery back onto the ship. The Mk IB featured catapult spools and an arrestor hook. Starting in July of 1941, the Sea Hurricane Mk IB operated from HMS Furious and starting in October 1941 they operated from Merchant aircraft carriers (cargo ships modified with a flight deck). On 31 July 1941, Sea Hurricanes of 880 Squadron, operating from HMS Furious, shot down a Do 18 flying boat - the first aerial victory of the aircraft. From testing, the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) preferred de Havilland propellers to the Rotol propellers. This was because the heavier Rotol propeller could cause the plane to dip forward and the propeller would hit the carrier deck, while the lighter de Havilland propellers could avoid this issue.



See also

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