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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
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft V-156-F. For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage V156F.jpg

The V-156-F is a Rank I French dive 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 (h) to aid in retarding the build up of speed during a dive, helping prevent ripping off of wings in RB and SB. The V-1156-F differes from it's American siblings (SBU2-2/-3) in that it has additional air brakes mounted on upper surface and lower surface of the wing 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). Rear facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ?


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

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm steel boxes behind the gunner.
  • No armour glazing


Offensive armament

The V-156-F is armed with:

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

The two machine guns are mounted 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 V-156-F can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

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

Defensive armament

The V-156-F is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gun, rear-facing dorsal turret (750 rpg = 750 total)

Usage in the battles

The V-156-F is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options, 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 maneuver 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 down side is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.

While this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The maneuverability 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 Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry

Pros and cons

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


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


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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