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Breguet Br.691/693/695

Tactical Bomber


Breguet Br.691

The Breguet had begun life in 1934 as Breguet's response to the same, quite far sighted strategic fighter specification that resulted in the eventual winner, the Potez 630. Both were attractive twin-engined monoplanes with twin tailplanes, powered by Hispano-Suiza 14AB radial engines of modern design and, for the time, good performance.

Although the Breguet lost out in the competition for a strategic fighter, after considerable debate and delay the French Air Staff decided to acquire modern attack aircraft. Engineless for nearly a year, the prototype displayed such promise that 100 two-seat attack bomber versions known as the Breguet 691 AB2 were ordered in mid 1938, an order soon doubled. The production model had a 20 mm cannon and a pair of light machine guns firing forward, could carry eight 50 kg (110 lb) bombs, and also packed two further light machine guns firing rearwards.

Br.693. As with the Potez 630, the Br. 691 was beset with engine difficulties. Hispano-Suiza had decided to concentrate on its V12 liquid cooled engines and the 14AB engine was unreliable. The French authorities decided to order a new version Br. 693 powered by Gnome-Rhone 14M radials. Apart from the changed engines, which were of slightly smaller diameter, the two types were virtually identical. Orders for the Br. 691 were switched to the new type and more than 200 of the latter had been completed by the time of France's defeat.

Late production versions of the Br. 693 introduced a pair of additional light machine guns in the tail of each engine nacelle.


1 x fixed forward-firing 20 mm Hispano-Suiza cannon

2 x fixed forward-firing 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns

1 x flexible, rearward-firing 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun in rear cockpit

1 x fixed, rearward-firing 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun in ventral position

1 x fixed, rearward-firing 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun in each engine nacelle (late models)

400 kg (882 lb) of bombs

Br.695. French engine makers had even greater difficulties than airframe manufacturers in keeping up with the frantic demands from 1938, and in 1939 the French government decided that all combat aircraft had to be adapted for British and US engines! The conversion of the Br. 693, known as the Br. 695 was not particularly successful, the larger, heavier and higher-drag Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Junior reducing visibility and lowering performance. Nonetheless the Br. 695 was ordered into production!

Breguet Specification
Br.691 Br.693 AB2
Crew two two
Wingspan 15.37 m (50 ft 5 in) 15.37 m (50 ft 5 in)
Length 9.67 m (31 ft 9 in) 9.67 m (31 ft 9 in)
Height 3.19 m (10 ft 6 in) 3.19 m (10 ft 6 in)
Wing area 29.2 m² (314 ft²) 29.2 m² (314 ft²)
Engine Hispano-Suiza 14АВ 10/11 Gnome-Rhone 14М 6/7
Power Take-off 522 kW (700 hp); each 522 kW (700 hp);
h.p./at altitude 725/3250m (10,660 ft) 660/4000m (13,120 ft)
Empty weight 3,100kg (6,834 lb) 3,010 kg (6,636 lb)
Loaded weight 4,500kg (9,920 lb) 4,500kg (9,920 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight 5,000kg (11,020 lb) 4,900kg (10,800 lb)
Maximum speed at weight 4500kg (9,920 lb) at sea level 390km/h (242 ml/h) 390km/h (242 ml/h)
speed/at altitude 480km/h/4000m
(298 ml/h/13,120 ft)
(295 ml/h/13,120 ft)
speed/at altitude 475km/h/5000m
(295 ml/h/16,400 ft)
(305 ml/h/16,400 ft)
Time to 4000m (13,120 ft), min 7 7,2
Range at speed 300km/h (186 ml/h) 1,350km (839 ml) 1,350 km (839 ml)
Service ceiling   8,500 m (27,885 ft)

Photo Description
Drawing Br 693 AB2

Drawing Br 693 AB2

Breguet 691

Breguet 691


  • War Planes of the Second World War by William Green
  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "Aviation and Cosmonautics" /#11 1999 Kotelnikov/
Breguet Br.693