T18B-1

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
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This page is about the Swedish bomber T18B-1. For other versions, see B18 (Family).
T18B-1
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T18B-1
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Description

The T18B-1 is a rank IV Swedish bomber with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/SB) and 4.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 6 000 m595 km/h
Turn time25 s
Max altitude11 000 m
Engine2 х Daimler-Benz DB-605B
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight9 t

The T18B-1 is an exceptionally fast aircraft at its rank, zooming past its contemporary bombers and reaching into fighter territory, able to reach an excellent 595 km/h (370 mph) in RB and a staggering 619 km/h (385 mph) in AB. Its high speed and reasonable armament platform of 2 x 20 mm cannons + 1 x 13.2 mm machine gun allows it to be a respectable multi-role aircraft that can take on almost any combat situation you throw at it. One might think that the high performance comes at the cost of payload, as traditional with the Schnellbomber type of bomber, But this is not the case with the T18B, as it carries more than enough ordinance to either heavily damage a base (AB) or destroy a few (RB).

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 572 555 11000 26.3 27.4 7.3 7.2 450
Upgraded 619 595 23.8 25.0 14.1 10.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
735 320 467 438 290 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 370 < 350 < 400 > 420

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural735 km/h
Gear320 km/h
Protective components found in the T18B-1.
  • 10 mm steel - cockpit floor under pilot's seat
  • 10 mm steel - pilot's backseat
  • 10 mm steel - rear gunner protective plate
  • 10 mm steel - cockpit floor under gunner's seat
  • 10 mm steel - aft protective plate

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 640 → 4 699 Sl icon.png
RB9 570 → 12 354 Sl icon.png
SB35 000 → 45 185 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications40 000 Rp icon.png
77 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training43 000 Sl icon.png
Experts150 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 320 / 580 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
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Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
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Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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280 Ge icon.png
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akan_m47_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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170 Ge icon.png
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m/40
Research:
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Cost:
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13_2_akan_m39_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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akan_m47_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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m/38
Research:
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Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
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13_2_akan_m39_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
3 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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13_2_akan_m39_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
m/41
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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m/49A
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
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13_2_akan_m39_turret_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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m/50
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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m/51
Research:
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Cost:
5 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png

Your research path should be tailored to the role you wish to employ the T18B in. For the traditional bomber, it is important to research payload first as the stock payload is a pitiful 18 x 50 kg bombs. For the heavy fighter/interceptor, the offensive cannon upgrades are of great importance followed by flight performance upgrades. Ground attacker should be a mix of the two, as it is important for a ground-pounder to have both speed and payload.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm Akan m/41A cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate630 shots/min
Weapon 213.2 mm Akan m/39A machine gun
Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1 080 shots/min

The T18B-1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Akan m/41A cannons, chin-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39A machine gun, wing-mounted (300 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups20
List of setups
Setup 118 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
Setup 23 x 250 kg mb m/40 bomb
Setup 38 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bomb
Setup 41 x m/38 torpedo
Setup 52 x 500 kg mb m/41 bomb
Setup 68 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bomb
Setup 72 x 600 kg mb m/50 bomb
Setup 88 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bomb
Setup 98 x m/49A rockets
Setup 108 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
Setup 118 x m/49A rockets
10 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
Setup 128 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
10 x 50 kg sb m/42 bomb
Setup 138 x m/49A rockets
3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bomb
Setup 141 x m/38 torpedo
8 x m/49A rockets
Setup 158 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bomb
Setup 161 x m/38 torpedo
8 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
Setup 178 x m/49A rockets
2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bomb
Setup 188 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bomb
Setup 198 x m/49A rockets
2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bomb
Setup 208 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bomb

The T18B-1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 18 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs (750 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs + 8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (1,150 kg total)
  • 1 x 450 mm m/38 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs + 8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (1,400 kg total)
  • 2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs + 8 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 8 x psrak m/49A rockets
  • 8 x srak m/51 rockets
  • 10 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs + 8 x psrak m/49A rockets (500 kg total)
  • 10 x 50 kg sb m/42 bombs + 8 x srak m/51 rockets (500 kg total)
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs + 8 x psrak m/49A rockets (750 kg total)
  • 8 x srak m/51 rockets + 1 x 450 mm m/38 torpedo
  • 3 x 250 kg mb m/40 bombs + 8 x srak m/51 rockets (750 kg total)
  • 8 x psrak m/49A rockets + 1 x 450 mm m/38 torpedo
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs + 8 x psrak m/49A rockets (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg mb m/41 bombs + 8 x srak m/51 rockets (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs + 8 x psrak m/49A rockets (1,200 kg total)
  • 2 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs + 8 x srak m/51 rockets (1,200 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret13.2 mm Akan m/39 machine gun
Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1080 shots/min
Main article: Akan m/39 (13.2 mm)

The T18B-1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 13.2 mm Akan m/39 machine gun, dorsal turret (300 rpg)

Usage in battles

Speed and altitude are your best friends when flying the T18B-1, as you must keep both up in order to ensure your survival. You may be fast, but you are not invincible, as there are many aircraft at the BR that will easily catch you such as the P-47D, P-61, Bf 109 F-4 and the I-185 twins. However, you can easily turn the tables on your would-be attackers by forcing them to stall then shred them with your impressive forward armament.

Alternatively, you can take the offensive route by employing a heavy fighter flying style and hunt down enemy bombers. You can mainly do this as a result of your bomber air spawn, but you must be careful to avoid enemy interceptors. One must take care not to expend too much ammunition on a single target, so in order to avoid doing so, they must aim for the critical components of the enemy bomber (wings, engines or tail) if they can't force a head-on.

Lastly, the T18B can be used as a reasonably effective ground attacker thanks to its immense loadout options. It is not recommended to use the bomb loadouts that mount the extra m/42 bombs when employing this play style unless they are skilled with aiming their bombs, as the m/42 bombs have a very small explosion radius and have to be directly on target to nab a kill. Your ideal loadouts should be either the 3 x m/40 bombs, 3 x m/40 + 8 x m/49A rockets, or 2 x m/50 bombs + 8 x m/49A rockets for some overkill, as the m/50 bombs have a very high effective destruction radius of 18 meters, although the pilot should take care that they don't end up exploding themselves (also known as a "significant emotional event"). Using a time fuse for the m/50 bombs is a must, unless the pilot is going on a high altitude bombing mission instead of low altitude CAS. 2-4 seconds for the m/50 should suffice.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Reasonably effective armament layout
  • Excellent speed, faster than a good amount of fighters at the tier
  • Good manoeuvrability for a twin-engine aircraft, especially for a bomber
  • Highly effective air brakes make landing and rearmament much easier
  • Can operate as a twin-engine fighter, high altitude bomber or strike fighter (depends on chosen payload)
  • Can mount rockets with up to 500 mm of penetration
  • Has access to two of the massive Swedish m/50 bombs
  • Has access to a torpedo
  • Despite only having one MG for defence, the MG itself is excellent
  • Airbrakes

Cons:

  • Poor protective components compared to other strike fighters
  • Only one turret
  • Fairly unstable on landing
  • No ventral turret, defenceless when attacked from below
  • Torpedo has very poor drop speed, and you need to slow down a great amount to drop it

History

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Media

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See also

External links

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Swedish Aeroplane Company Ltd. (SAAB)
Pre-SAAB: ASJA  J6B
Fighters  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
Jet fighters  A21RB · J21RA · J29A · J/A29B · J29D · J29F · A32A · J32B · J35D
Jet attackers  SK60B · SAAB-105G
Bombers  B17A · B17B · B17BS
Dive-bombers  B3C · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2
Export  SAAB-105OE

Sweden bombers
B3C · B17A · B17B · B17BS · B18A · B18B · T18B-1 · T18B-2