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Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)


Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft


Aviation / Aerospace

Though retired in 2000, the Breguet Alize became an important anti-submarine warfare platform aboard French aircraft carriers during the Cold War.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 4/8/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The Breguet Br.1050 "Alize" (meaning "tradewind") was a French production aircraft suitable for carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics. The system was fielded in limited quantity throughout the Cold War and proved itself a capable performer, appearing on major French aircraft carriers of the time. India became the only other operator of the system, accounting for 12 such examples with the French Navy maintaining no fewer than 70 of their own on sea-based and land-based operations.

The Br.1050 is a most distinct-looking aircraft, particularly in the design of the nose assembly. A crew of three monitors the various systems aboard the craft and the system sits low to the ground when at rest. The wings are designed to be carrier-friendly and expectantly fold up for better storage. Power is supplied by a single piston engine of Rolls-Royce brand delivering some 2,100 horsepower.

Initially a Breguet design known as the Br.960 "Vultur" and designed as a conventional strike aircraft, the Br.960 grew into the Br.965 as French Navy requirements changed. The resulting Br.965 later became the definitive anti-submarine warfare system designated as the Br.1050. The Br.1050 offered up exceptional range at some 1,785 miles while being able to carry combined armaments of depth charges, air-to-surface torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles, making the Alize a potent and lethal ship-borne element to the French fleet.


Specifications



Year:
1959
Crew
3
[ 89 Units ] :
Breguet - France
National flag of France National flag of India France; India
- Ground Attack
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
- Navy / Maritime
Length:
45.51 ft (13.87 m)
Width:
51.18 ft (15.6 m)
Height:
16.40 ft (5 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production model)
Empty Weight:
12,566 lb (5,700 kg)
MTOW:
18,078 lb (8,200 kg)
(Diff: +5,512lb)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production model)
1 x Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 turboprop engine delivering 1,565 horsepower.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production model)
Max Speed:
322 mph (518 kph; 280 kts)
Service Ceiling:
26,247 feet (8,000 m; 4.97 miles)
Max Range:
1,553 miles (2,500 km; 1,350 nm)
Rate-of-Climb:
1,380 ft/min (421 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
OPTIONAL:
1 x Torpedo OR 3 x Depth Charges in internal bomb bay.
2 x Depth Charges underwing
6 x Rocket Pods OR 2 x Anti-Ship missiles underwing.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production model)
Br.1050 "Alize" - Base Series Designation
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