The MB-156 was an attempt to fit the powerful Gnome-Rhône 14R radial engine to the MB-152 airframe. This new engine was much heavier than the engines used in the MB-152. After some work in 1939 it became obvious that this combination would not work, and that the new engine would need a new aircraft to take advantage of its extra power. Work thus began on the MB-157.
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Rickard, J (23 March 2007), Bloch MB-156, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_bloch_mb156.html