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Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)


Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft (1959)


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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: 04/08/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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



Service Year
1959

Origin
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France

Crew
3

Production
89
UNITS


Breguet - France
National flag of France National flag of India France; India
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Special-Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy underwater elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and weapons.
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.


Length
45.5 ft
(13.87 m)
Width/Span
51.2 ft
(15.60 m)
Height
16.4 ft
(5.00 m)
Empty Wgt
12,566 lb
(5,700 kg)
MTOW
18,078 lb
(8,200 kg)
Wgt Diff
+5,512 lb
(+2,500 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production variant)
Installed: 1 x Rolls-Royce Dart RDa7 turboprop engine delivering 1,565 horsepower.
Max Speed
322 mph
(518 kph | 280 kts)
Ceiling
26,247 ft
(8,000 m | 5 mi)
Range
1,553 mi
(2,500 km | 4,630 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,380 ft/min
(421 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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.


Supported Types


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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 8


Br.1050 "Alize" - Base Series Designation


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