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D-3801, the Swiss Morane

D-3801  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see the D-3801 added to the French TT in WarThunder?

    • Yes, as a premium !!
      7
    • Yes, in a Swiss-Belgian-(Dutch?) line !
      9
    • Nah, the Swiss would just wreck the matchmaker with their neutrality...
      1
  2. 2. Do you want just one D-3801 or an early and late version?

    • One with rockets and one without, sounds good
      10
    • A single plane will do
      6
    • I don't want these dirties anyway
      1


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Seeing as I have not seen any suggestions for it, neither here nor in the German suggestions : I would like to suggest the Morane-Saunier D-3801

 

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In short : the D-3801 is a license-built Morane-Saunier MS-406, fitted with a more powerful engine, Swiss guns and rockets!!


Quick History:

In 1938, the Helvetic Confederation received two prototype MS-406H for testing. Satisfied with the plane, they bought the license for it and produced 82 fighters under the D-3800 designation (modified with Swiss armament and instruments). However, comparing it with their other fighter of German origin (Bf 109 E-3), they could only realise that the MS-406 was an inferior plane to the Emil. The Swiss therefore developed their upgraded version of the MS-406, the D-38011, which received a more powerful engine and some armour. After the end of the second World War and with the ageing D-3801 rapidly growing more obsolete, they were slightly modified to be able to fill a ground attacker role, carrying bombs or rockets. A total of 204 D-3801 were built, with some D-3800 also being upgraded with the new engine. Finally, they made a last development on the MS-406 cell (on which I'll make another suggestion), the D-3802, with more powerful armament.

 

1: apparently, there is some confusion as to the relation between the MS-412 and the D-3801, with some saying it's the same plane, and others that they are different
 

General characteristics :

 

Crew: 1

Length: 8.17m

Wingspan: 10.62m

Height: 3.40m

Wing area: 17.1m²

Empty weight: 2,170 kg 

Loaded weight: 2725 kg

Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza HS-51 12 Y (1000 hp)

 

Performance

 

Maximum speed: 535 km/h

Range: 600 km

Service ceiling: 10,800 m

Rate of climb : 16.2 m/s

 

Armament

 

1 x 20mm FMK-38 (90 rounds), firing through the propeller
2 x 7.45mm MG29 (480 rounds per gun), mounted in the wings

 

Additional armament after 1944 (according to my source) :
6 x 80mm Oerlikon rockets or 2 x 50 kg bombs


Sources :  https://old.hermannkeist.ch/morane-saulnier/morane-saulnier-d-3801.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morane-Saulnier_M.S.406

 

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