Long Range Bomber
The long-range bomber MV.162 B5 with a crew of five, in terms of its characteristics, was supposed to surpass all existing or created machines of this class in the world. It was slightly smaller than the Boeing YB-17, which was then supplied to the US Army Air Corps. The wing area and wingspan were smaller by about 10%. But the French bomber had more weight and a significant advantage in speed. In terms of range, however, it was somewhat inferior to the American car.
A full-size model of the bomber was exhibited in Paris at the Aeronautics Show in November 1938. At that time, four Hispano-Suiza 14AA 12/13 radial air-cooled engines were already supposed to be the power plant. However, then the priority was given to the passenger MB. 161. The construction of the experimental MB.162-01 was started at the SNCASO plant in Courbevoie only in 1939. The aircraft was finally assembled at Villacoublay in the spring of 1940.
MB. 162 had an all-metal construction. The gas tanks were located between the main spars, the maximum fuel supply was 6500 liters, located in eight tanks. The fuselage was an all-metal monocoque. The crew of five consisted of two pilots, a navigator-bombardier, a radio operator and a top gunner. The main landing gear was retracted forward in flight into the inner engine nacelles and partially closed with two flaps. Defensive armament consisted of a 20-mm cannon on a mechanized upper turret, the same cannon plus a 7.5-mm machine gun in the lower installation (also mechanized) and another 7.5-mm machine gun in the very nose of the bombardier navigator.
|Wing span, m
|Wing area, m²
|4 × PE Gnome-Rhone 14N-48, power, hp
||4 × 1100
|Maximum speed, km/h
|Cruising speed, km/h
|Service range, km
|Service ceiling, m
|2 × 7.5 mm MAC 34 machine gun and 2 × 20 mm HS-404 cannon, bombs, kg