17 October 2017
Potez P.631: Attacker’s Apprentice
War Thunder rolls out new, seventh nation with French aircraft to be released with the next Update 1.73.
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The Potez P.630 and P.631 are sibling heavy fighter designs, developed in the mid 1930s for the French military. At the outbreak of WW2, this aircraft, along with several others, formed the backbone of the French air force at the time. Coming with Update 1.73, the Potez P.631 will strive to take up this vital role once again with the introduction of the much anticipated French nation to War Thunder!
In War Thunder, the Potez P.631 will be among the first aircraft that connoisseurs of French military aviation will be able to sit behind the controls of in one of the upcoming updates to War Thunder. Unlike two contemporary aircraft, like the Bristol Blenheim and Bf 110, which were designed purely as bombers and fighters respectively, the P.631 was intended to do a little bit of everything. However, as the heavy fighter role was what the P.631 was designed for, it’s unsurprising that operational range, speed and firepower was put at the forefront during its development. That being said, when speed is concerned, the P.631 can reach a maximum speed of 442 km/h in level flight at medium altitudes, thanks to the power generated by the two reliable Gnome-Rhône 14M radial engines. Interestingly, the same engines were used on the German Hs 129B attacker.
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The primary armaments on the P.631 varied throughout its life in calibre and quantity, always depending on the availability of required weapons as well as intended usage. The P.631 that we plan to introduce to War Thunder in the near future will be equipped with the early production loadout of six 7.5mm machine guns, complemented by a pair of Hispano-Suiza 20mm cannons, mounted underneath the aircraft’s nose. For engaging ground targets, the P.631 could also be equipped with a secondary loadout consisting of a pair of small calibre bombs. The omni-purpose nature of the P.631 not only allows the aircraft’s pilot to find and engage various targets freely, regardless of the mission, but also represents a very good platform for novice pilots to familiarise themselves with the basics of combat flying. In fact, the aircraft was so suitable for novice pilots, it was used extensively in its service life as a trainer aircraft. With that said, we hope that the Potez P.631 will prove itself as an enjoyable aircraft to play with for new and veteran players alike!
Be on the lookout for the Potez P.631 on the starting ranks of the brand new French aviation research tree coming to War Thunder with the upcoming update 1.73. Stay tuned to the news to find out what’s still in store for War Thunder’s next major update. Until then!
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