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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.22 tTake-off weight
0.44 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-1535-2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
440 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gunWeapon 1
2000 roundsAmmunition
1350 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1350 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50Setup 1
2 x 100 kg No.1Setup 2
2900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png370 / 466/370 / 466/220 / 277Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png60 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French bomber V-156-F. For the British version, see V-156-B1.


GarageImage V156F.jpg

The V-156-F is a rank I French bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The SBU2-2 was developed in the early 1930s and was sold to the French as a V-156-F. This aircraft served on the French aircraft carrier Béarn, however at the outbreak of the war, the carrier was deemed too slow for service and both squadrons of V-156-F aircraft were transferred to land-based duty. The V-156-F was used continually until the French Armistice.

This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy. Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs. The V-156-F is one of the only early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive flaps (key-bound to 'h' by default) to aid in retarding the build up of speed during a dive, helping prevent ripping off of wings in RB and SB. The V-156-F differs from its American siblings (SBU2-2/-3) in that it has additional air brakes mounted on the upper and lower surfaces of the wings which extend 90 degrees to the wing when utilized. Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB). The rear facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
343 328 6800 23.2 24.5 4.5 4.5 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 6800  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 300


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
740 ~14 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 350 < 320 > 299
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,895 m 750 hp 825 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm steel boxes behind the gunner.


Offensive armament

The V-156-F is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.5 mm Darne Mle 1923 machine guns, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

The V-156-F can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 50 kg G.A.M.Mn 50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg №.1 bombs (200 kg total)

Defensive armament

The V-156-F is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm Darne Mle 1923 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)

Usage in battles

The V-156-F is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options. The first is to hug the terrain. While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilize what hills and valleys there are to fly through. Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets there so line up your bombing run and drop bombs. This aircraft can manoeuvre fairly well, utilizing elevator and rudder controls, you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.

The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate downside is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, an easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.

Although this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The manoeuvrability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs 100 GPs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Manoeuvrable
  • Dual role dive bomber/attacker
  • Good diver


  • Large target
  • Slow speed
  • Weak defensive weapons
  • Small payload


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

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