17 November 2017

A-35B: The American Legionnaire

The M.B.174A-3 and the A-35B are now available for research and purchase for all players.

The American Vultee A-35B dive bomber didn't really catch on in its homeland, but it received a warm welcome in the air force of Free France!

History

At the beginning of the 1930s, the American company Vultee was developing a concept for a strike aircraft capable of effectively hitting ground targets, light vehicles and enemy infantry from low altitudes. Effective actions by Germany’s Ju-87 dive bombers in Europe served as a basis for the creation of a concept for the American A-31 Vengeance, a strike dive bomber with a machine gun battery in its wings. This new addition immediately caught the attention of the British delegation, which happened to be searching for a design like the Stuka to aid in the fight against Germany. In the course of modernization, the A-31 received a new 1700 hp engine and strengthened armament of five, and then seven high-caliber Browning machine guns (six in the wings and one more for defense against attacks from the rear), and a bomb load of up to 2000 pounds. Modernized version got new designation - Vultee A-35. In spite of a large export order, the Vengeance also served in the American air force and navy, and the reviews about it were contradictory. For the war in Europe, the bomber turned out to be ill-prepared. Its low speed, large silhouette and need to descend to drop its bombs made it very vulnerable to enemy flak cannons and fighters. However, in the Pacific Theater the vehicle performed well. The Japanese had far fewer anti-aircraft defenses, and the Vengeance served as an attack aircraft, a bomber and a submarine hunter.

 

Nonetheless, the main operators of the A-35 were foreigners. Several squadrons in the British Air Force were equipped with these dive bombers. The aircraft was delivered to Australia and Brazil, and it served in the Free French Army in Africa.

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We present the A-35B model in the French Air Force tree. In the game, this is a rank II dive bomber capable of carrying up to 2000 pounds of bombs and armed with 6 machine guns. The A-35B is slow, but it is perfectly suited for destroying small ground targets with bombs and machine guns, since aiming while diving is significantly simplified with the use of the airbrake.

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The A-35B’s defenses are also reasonable for its rank. The gunner controls a high-caliber machine gun on a pivot, and with the right skills and luck, the Vengeance is fully capable of overwhelming a troublesome pursuer before losing control or burning up. Overall, this is a typical initial-rank dive bomber with its own advantages and disadvantages. For effective actions, the pilot needs situational control in the skies and on the ground, and preferably cover from allied fighters, to deliver its bombs to enemy tanks or pillboxes.

Have you had the chance to try the A-35B’in battle yet? Maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of one? Let us know about your experiences with the A-35B’ in the comments below. Until next time!

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