|FIGHTER, GROUND SUPPORT AIRCRAFT||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Breguet|
The Type 5, derived from the Type 4 bomber late in 1915, was regarded by the Aviation Militaire as a two-seat escort fighter or reconnaissance-fighter, and possessed a configuration similar to that of the earlier BUC/ BLC. Powered by a 220hp Renault 12Fb 12-cylinder water-cooled engine, the Type 5 fighter, or Bre 5 Ca2, never equipped a complete escadrille, a few aircraft of this type being issued to each of the units operating the Bre 5 B2 bomber version, for which it was expected to act as escort. Armament comprised a 37mm Hotchkiss cannon on a flexible mounting in the forward cockpit and a rear-firing 7.7mm Lewis gun on an elevated mounting over the leading edge of the upper wing. Eleven Type 5 fighters were operational with the Aviation Militaire by 1 February 1916, but the type was generally unpopular.