Vautour IIA IDF/AF

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This page is about the premium jet bomber Vautour IIA IDF/AF. For other versions, see Vautour (Family).
Vautour IIA IDF/AF
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Vautour IIA IDF/AF
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The Vautour IIA was a jet-powered attack aircraft designed by France during the 1950s. It was operated by Israel alongside the IIN variant. Armed with cannons and rockets, it was used in aerial reconnaissance duties but had the capabilities to perform Close Air Support missions thanks to its large amount of anti-ground ordnance. A total of 25 Vautour IIAs were sold to Israel from the inventories of the French Air Force. The aircraft participated in the Six Days War and Yom Kippur War, and was retired shortly after.

It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On" as a premium pack in the Gaijin store and was removed from the store with the introduction of the Update "Winged Lions". The Vautour IIA has very good flight performance compared to most bombers. The engines of the Vautour can beat most subsonic jets, both in top speed and acceleration. The aircraft has decent manoeuvrability for a bomber, and since it lacks any way to guide bombs precisely to its destination it's better used in low level attacks, flying close to the ground and dropping the bombs close to the target. These can be dangerous but is the most effective way to destroy enemy bases and ground units.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 0 m1 100 km/h
Turn time32 s
Max altitude15 000 m
Engine2 х SNECMA Atar 101E3
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight21 t

The Vautour IIA IDF/AF has decent manoeuvrability for a bomber, but you shouldn't be turning with anything to begin with. Where this plane really shines is the acceleration owing to the two powerful engines in the underling nacelles and the heavy airframe, which makes it amazing in the vertical. But since you can't have everything, the wings will break in prolonged >7g manoeuvres. Essentially you don't want to do any insane manoeuvres and risk getting sent back to the hangar.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,093 1,091 15000 32.6 33.2 43.0 41.1 900
Upgraded 1,106 1,100 31.4 32.0 62.7 52.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,166 425 584 564 463 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 480 < 620 < 590 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
SNECMA Atar 101E3 2 11,000 kg 316 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel
950 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,974 kg 13,388 kg 14,213 kg 21,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 27m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,293 kgf N/A 0.55 0.49 0.46 0.31
Optimal 3,595 kgf
(1,100 km/h)
N/A 0.60 0.54 0.51 0.34

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear425 km/h
  • 2 mm steel behind rearmost fuel tank
  • 2 mm steel in the rear fuselage
  • 3 mm steel surrounding the pilot
  • 6 mm steel in front of pilot's controls
  • 13.5 mm steel in front of pilot's controls
  • 13.5 mm steel headrest
  • 50 mm bulletproof in front of pilot
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (4 in the fuselage, 1 in each wing)

The Vautour IIA IDF/AF can take quite a lot of punishment before going down due to the bomber's damage model.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 885 Sl icon.png
RB7 371 Sl icon.png
SB10 681 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts850 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 900 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 270 / 600 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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New boosters
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Wings repair
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Matra T10 140
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250/50 G.P.
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Matra T10 151
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360/50 G.P.
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Matra SNEB
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500/50 G.P.
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Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 551 (30 mm)

The Vautour IIA IDF/AF is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm DEFA 551 cannons, nose-mounted (100 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The Vautour IIA IDF/AF can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5
Hardpoints S.O.4050 Vautour IIA.png
100/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
250/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
360/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 6 1 1
500/50 kg G.P. bombs 1 1 2 1 1
SNEB type 23 rockets 19 19 19 19
T10 140 rockets 6 6 6 6
T10 151 rockets 6 6 6 6
Shafrir missiles 1 1 1 1
Default weapon presets
  • 10 x 100/50 kg G.P. bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 4 x Shafrir missiles
  • 76 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets
  • 24 x T10 151 rockets
  • 10 x 250/50 kg G.P. bombs (2,500 kg total)
  • 10 x 360/50 kg G.P. bombs (3,600 kg total)
  • 6 x 500/50 kg G.P. bombs (3,000 kg total)

Usage in battles

  1. The usual "rush the base and run away" style that all Jet bombers can do and excel at. There's nothing wrong with this, but it's not where the Vautour excels.
  2. Ignore all the other payloads and load up on missiles. This arguably the more interesting way to play, but there are risks involved as well. i.e. having the whole enemy team pick the Vautour as a priority target.

If you take the missiles, here's how you want to play it:

Look for high altitude dots, these usually mean other jet bombers or the odd Tu-4. The missiles are not that effective at a range greater then 1 km. The farther that missiles are fired, the greater the chance of the locked-on enemy have in evading the missile. On the off hand that the first missile misses, the Vautour has four of them, so a follow-up shot is an encouraged option.

Once in a while, look around and support your team, especially the teammates that are engaging the enemy. If an ally has an enemy at their tail, work around towards the enemy's rear and fire off a missile to take care of them. This can be beneficial if a long chain of alternating enemy and ally fighters have got together, as each of them try to hit the fighter at their front and evade the fighter at their tail. If able to pounce on these chains, come in from the very rear and take out the very last enemy fighter in this chain. This will either cause the chain to break-up, potentially freeing up pressure on your allies, or the chain will continue without noticing the Vautour's presence. In the latter case, continue towards the next enemy and take them out one-by-one.

Once all missiles are expended, switch to the guns, which are powerful enough to take care of any enemies unfortunate to be in front of them. However, high-speeds will cause the controls to be less responsive, so fine-manoeuvring for these gun-runs may be difficult. If the gun pass misses, itch up and use the Vautour's amazing vertical energy retention to reset and try again. Usually the guns don't get much use as the missiles will completely overshadow them.

Overall, this plane destroys people who don't pay attention and or make bad plays. The most effective way to lock it down is to simply look back sporadically, just to make sure nothing's behind you.

Enemies of note

F-100's: These things will out speed you and outmanoeuvre you in the vertical. If one happens to latch onto your 6, drag him away from his friends and force him to overshoot. Then, assuming the reversal was successful, throw a missile at them. Most F-100 may not be aware that the Vautour has missiles, and so firing off a missile can destroy the F-100 while it is supersonic.

Vautours: The Vautour's great performance means its greatest enemy is going to be itself. Be especially wary on maps like Hokkaido, where there's thick cloud cover. They have a tendency to come out of nowhere, destroy you and retreat back into the cloud cover like some air-borne monster.

Pros and cons


  • Good top speed, able to keep up with fighters at its rank
  • Good energy retention
  • Versatile, has access to a wide range of ordnance including air-to-air missiles
  • Great guns


  • Poor manoeuvrability
  • Vulnerable to missiles, has difficulty dodging them
  • Transonic and supersonic aircraft can easily match your speed
  • Shafrir missiles are only slightly better than AIM-9Bs
  • Missiles have a very limited range, 2.5 km optimal range
  • No bombing sight
  • Unguided rockets are inaccurate


The French Vautour twin-engine bomber had been produced in three variants between 1956 and 1959. In 1960, after four years in service, the French Armee de l'Air divested itself of its 25 surviving Vautour II-A single seat ground attack planes, along with its 40 II-B two-seater bombers, selling them to Israel, which kept them in service until the 1970s.



See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.

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